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Project Title: Rio Vista Septic-to-Sewer Project

Project No. DUP15

System: Dunnellon Utility

Description:   Rainbow River – Rio Vista Septic to Sewer Project

FGUA is undertaking a septic to sewer project in the Rio Vista community located in the City of Dunnellon.  The project consists of connection of approximately 333 septic tanks from single family homes in the Rio Vista neighborhood in the Rainbow Springs basin management action plan (BMAP) primary focus area (PFA).  This will result in approximately 3,300 lbs/yr nitrogen reduction in the Rainbow Springs.  The project includes 154 grinder pump stations, a sanitary sewer gravity collection system, a sanitary sewer transmission line, roadway restoration and upgrades to an existing lift station.  FGUA awarded the design consultant agreement to Wade Trim and hosted a kickoff meeting in May 2023.  As of January 2024, the design is 30% complete.  Final design is anticipated to be submitted in quarter 1 of 2025.  The project’s construction is anticipated to be 18 months with the overall completion anticipated in quarter 3 2026.  The project’s estimated construction costs exceed the current Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s springs’ restoration grant.  The project will be constructed in phases as additional grant funding becomes available.  Upon acceptance of the 30% design submittal, FGUA will post yard signs within the community with QR codes for the project’s website.  This will allow residents to monitor the project’s development and to submit questions regarding the project.

Figure 1: 30% Design Selected Sewer Technology Per Parcel


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