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Duck Key in the Florida Keys

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Drinking water on Duck Key , the Florida Keys and Key West.

In a December 2004 Key West Citizen news' article, Jim Reynolds Executive Director of the FKAA announced that starting on December 1st five percent brackish water will be blended with the drinking water and water supplied to the Keys. This "will keep the Keys' daily water use at 17 million gallons a day,"


In November of 2003 we posted an item on a test to be conducted by the Florida Keys Aquaduct Authority in December of 2003 on drinking water in the Florida Keys.


"Water, Water Everywhere and not a drop to drink"

The above quotation attributed to author Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772&endash;1834) was made famous in his work, The Ancient Mariner. Part ii., but what has that to do with Duck Key and the Greater Florida Keys? Potable water in the Keys is piped by the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority and traditionally its source has been the Biscayne Aquifer.

The Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority (FKAA) recently conducted a test by blending up to 6 percent of the brackish water from Floridan Aquifer with the pristine water of the Biscayne Aquifer which residents are use to drinking.

The source of this water according to Jim Reynolds, executive director of FKAA is a 1,500 foot deep well that has been drilled "and we have to do flow tests and pump a lot of water out of the well to see how it reacts." The water which apparently could not be dumped on the ground or put into a sewer system had to go someplace. "The only place it can go is in the water plant," Reynolds said.

For more on this mixing of water, read Anne Henson article from the Upper Keys Reporter.


December 2004

In a December 2004 Key West Citizen news' article by Laurie Karnatz quoted Jim Reynolds, executive director of the FKAA ,

"We will still meet all primary and secondary drinking water standards", Reynolds said. "We did a test about a year-and-a-half ago to see how much we could blend and no one noticed the difference. I couldn't tell a difference. "

The addition of the brackish water is necessitated by the fact that the FKAA has exceeded its permit with the South Florida Water Management District for water pulled from the aquifer. South Florida Water Management has refused to increase the Aquaduct Authority's water allocation.

The FKAA has plans to build a desalination system to remove salt from the brackish water. The system should be in operation by 2008 or 2009.

The article goes on to quote David Fernandez, Key West Utilitiy's Director who had comments on "turning watsewater into drinking water."

"When you think about cities that live on rivers and streams, it's common place for them to be drinking other people's discharge," he said. . . . "The realities are people are doing it everywhere, but they mix it with river water and they don't necessarily admit what they're doing."
. . .

"Reynolds and Fernandez said that there had been discussions of reusing the estimated 4 million gallons of treated wastewater per day that the city pumps into a deep well off of Fleming Key."

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"Reuse, if it ever happens, likely will be limited to flushing toilets, washing cars and watering lawns, said Fernandez."






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