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June 11,2021

Customers are being made aware that we are no longer above the recommended threshold for disinfectant byproducts for our yearly rolling average. This means that we will not be sending the quarterly public notices and, reaffirms our safe drinking water. Any questions regarding this, please feel free to extend them to Chad Wisdom, General Manager, Cedar Key Water and Sewer District.

(352)543-5285 

April 21,2021

Customers will be receiving a "Notice to Customers" letter in their mail boxes very soon if not already. It is important to understand that the quality of our water is very important and never taken lightly. We wanted to give a quick explanation, for any who may not already know. The level of THHM's that are the upper limit threshold for constant use is 80 ug/l. We are and have been well below that amount since January. The reporting of these numbers to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is done quarterly and the reports are for a rolling yearly average. During pilot testing to try to find a solution for this issue, our test results in the last quarter of 2020 came back very high in the month of October. That in turn, has put our rolling yearly average to above the "80" goal for all subsequent tests, even though our water has been deemed safe on each water draw for testing. We still report the high yearly average in every attempt to be as transparent as possible. Any questions regarding this or any other water or sewer items please feel free to reach out to Chad Wisdom, General Manager, Cedar Key Water and Sewer District

543-5285 

 

February 18,2021

WATER SHUT OFF VALVES FOR UNOCCUPIED DWELLINGS

Due to recent events of extremely high water bills being incurred by homeowners who have returned to their dwellings to find broken water lines, left on spigots, and leaks, we are sending out this recommendation. Our advice to you is to have a manual disconnect installed as close to your water meter as possible and turn it off any time that you are not going to be at that address for an extended period of time. If you have questions, feel free to reach out to Chad Wisdom, General Manager, Cedar Key Water and Sewer District, at 543-5285.

February 9, 2021

WATER TEST BAGS ARE NOT FROM  CEDAR KEY WATER AND SEWER DISTRICT

Many households in Cedar Key have found sticks with bags attached to them in their front yard, with a request to send a water sample in for testing. These were placed by a private company and have nothing to do with the Cedar Key Water and Sewer District or any other public agency. It has been reported to the District by one customer who sent the bottle in for testing that it appeared to be a scam. The District constantly tests the drinking water for safety, and the District would never test by leaving such an anonymous request at a customer’s house. Whenever testing at a residence is needed, the customer would be informed in advance by District personnel. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Chad Wisdom, General Manager, Cedar Key Water and Sewer District, at 543-5285.

October 2, 2010

DISTRICT GETS EXCELLENT INITIAL TEST RESULTS USING NEW CARBON FILTRATION SYSTEM

As previously reported, the Cedar Key Water and Sewer District has installed four large granulated activated carbon (GAC) filtration vessels for the purpose of reducing disinfectant byproducts in the drinking water. The District has shared the problem of reducing these byproducts with many other utilities, and has tested many possible solutions over the years. The installation of an ion exchange treatment process back in 2006 brought the DBP levels down below the maximums for most of the time, but there have been occasions when the levels have exceeded the maximums, probably due to the variability of the water the District draws from its well field. Such exceedances are not an immediate health risk, but the State requires utilities to move towards reducing the levels over the long term.  

The purpose of this update is to report on the initial test results after use of the new GAC filtration system. The disinfectant byproduct that the District has sometimes had high levels of goes by the abbreviation TTHM.  The state’s regulatory maximum for TTHM in the system is 80 parts per billion (ppb).  The TTHM results for the two testing sites after use of the GAC filtration are 8.84 ppb and 13.81 ppb.  These are very low levels that the District has never achieved in the past, and they strongly indicate that the GAC filtration system is working as promised to reduce DBPs.  Additional testing will be taking place on a monthly basis, and results will be reported as they come in.

 

September 2, 2020

NEW FILTRATION PROCESS ADDED TO WATER TREATMENT PLANT

They’ve arrived, they’ve been installed, and they’re adding a new level of treatment to Cedar Key’s drinking water: four large granulated activated carbon (GAC) filtration vessels.

GAC Filtration Equipment

 

After the District’s drinking water goes through its usual multi-stage treatment process, these filtration vessels will provide a final polishing of the water before it is sent out to customers.  The primary motivation for installing these filters is the need to reduce disinfectant byproducts (DBPs) in the water. The District has shared the problem of reducing these byproducts with many other utilities, and has tested many possible solutions over the years. The installation of an ion exchange treatment process back in 2006 brought the DBP levels down below the maximums for most of the time, but there have been occasions when the levels have exceeded the maximums, probably due to the variability of the water the District draws from its well field.  Such exceedances are not an immediate health risk, but the State requires utilities to move towards reducing the levels over the long term. 

 

After successful testing of GAC filtration, the District is confident that the new filtration will keep the DBP levels consistently below maximum state-imposed levels. The District will be conducting monthly testing of the DBP levels and updates will be provided to customers. 

 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact John McPherson, General Manager, 352-317-7431, john@ckwater.org. 

 

 October 10, 2019

PROJECT TO REMOVE FINAL WASTEWATER LINES FROM BRIDGES COMPLETED

 

The directional drilling project to remove aging wastewater lines from Bridges 1, 2 and 3, and place them underground beneath the waterways has been successfully completed. A generous “RIVER Grant” from the Suwannee River Water Management District aided the Cedar Key Water and Sewer District in getting this work done by funding half of the $180,000 project. The work was ably performed by General Underground LLC out of Chiefland. 

 

The Water and Sewer District’s wastewater collection and treatment system was installed in 1981, and wastewater collection pipes were attached to the sides of Bridges 1, 2, and 3 on State Road 24, as well as on other bridges in Cedar Key. These aging PVC pipes were exposed to the elements, and there were various threats to their integrity, including collision by boats, damage by storms, and brittleness due to age. A substantial spill of wastewater into Cedar Key’s Class II shellfish waters could have a devastating impact on the environment and economy of Cedar Key. With the completion of this project, wastewater lines on all bridges in Cedar Key have been removed and buried underground, and the threat of a wastewater spill into Cedar Key’s waters has been greatly reduced.