110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Al Everson
posted Sep 17, 2013 - 10:18:05am
After years of talking and planning, Deltona leaders have ordered construction of the Eastern Wastewater Treatment Plant. City officials anticipate the new sewage-treatment plant will boost the area's economic growth.
The Deltona City Commission on Sept. 3 awarded a contract to WPC Industrial Contractors to build the facility on city-owned land east of State Road 415. That Jacksonville company, submitted the lowest bid, of about $24.2 million.
The city had estimated the sewage-treatment complex would cost $30 million.
Rather than issue bonds to fund the project, the city will borrow $20 million from the State Revolving Fund at a low interest rate — perhaps 2.5 or 3 percent — and repay it over 20 years.
State Rep. David Santiago, R-Deltona, also secured a $500,000 grant for the project during the Florida Legislature's general session earlier this year.
Other savings may be possible.
"… City Staff has identified a list of materials, equipment and components … that can be bought directly from manufacturers and suppliers. In doing so, this would save the City a significant amount of dollars in not having to pay sales tax. The potential estimated savings to buy direct would be between $500,000 and $600,000," according to a public summary of the proposal given to the City Commission.
Construction of the sewage-treatment plant will take almost two years; the estimated completion is June 2015.
The Eastern Wastewater Treatment Plant, also known as the Eastern Wastewater Reclamation Facility, will accommodate commercial development planners expect in the coming years in the Deltona/Osteen area. A joint-planning agreement between Deltona and Volusia County proposes increased urban development along State Road 415.
The old two-lane highway that extends from Sanford northward to Daytona Beach is becoming a four-lane corridor that promises to bring more traffic and more demand for places to work and shop.
The joint-planning agreement calls for intensive retail, office, and industrial/technological development along the corridor that has been better known as a quiet, rural settlement where cattle and horses outnumber people.
The plant will meet the demands of more commercial activity in the Osteen vicinity, and will enable sewer connections along more of Deltona's existing commercial corridors.
Deltona currently has only one city-owned wastewater-treatment facility, known as the Fisher Plant, in the southwestern part of the city. Volusia County, which provides water and sewer service in some of the northernmost neighborhoods of Deltona, has a few lift stations inside the city limits.
Of almost 35,000 household and commercial accounts receiving service from Deltona Water, only about 6,000 receive sewer service, as well. The rest of the water customers rely on septic tanks to dispose of sewage.
Although the Eastern WRP will greatly increase sewage capacity, city officials have said there are no plans to force homeowners with septic tanks to connect with the municipal sewer system, except perhaps in low-lying areas of Deltona that are prone to flooding.
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