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This material together with a great deal of other material on wastewater treatment is included in the Duck Key Online archives since Duck Key's Wastewater Committee is currently studying options for sewering the residential islands of Duck Key. For those interested in learning about the island's history involving the issue of wastewater treatment and to get a picture of what the County is doing go to the index page at http://www.duckkeyonline.com

Then use the search utility on that page. Type in "wastewater" to locate all information on Duck Key and sewering.


Questions as to whether the Stock Island Sewage is Completed

 
An article appearing in the Key West Citizen suggests that the sewage installation on Stock Island is not completed.

The article by Laurie Karnatz entitled "Opinions differ on whether Stock Island system is done" reports that

"URS, an international consulting firm hired by the county to review the Stock Island sewer system, in November told commissioners it would cost a minimum of $2.38 million to finish providing the necessary infrastructure for property owners to hook up to the system. "

"In order to connect all the remaining properties, additional infrastructure must be installed," David Burgstiner of URS told the board at a special meeting on Nov. 29. "Vacuum mains, valve pits, new sewer lateral [lines] ... they may be in the county right-of-way or they may be in private properties. Any way you cut it, you have to do a little more work to get everybody connected."

 

The Grand Jury report of April 2005 seems to differ with Monroe County Commissioner Murray Nelson opinion the Stock island project ( KW Resort Utilities' expansion of its south Stock Island sewer project) is "the best project we ever had."

 

The article reports that property owners are upset. David Burgstiner of URS stated that in order to finish the expansion the County has two options.

Option one - extend vacuum lines onto private property and have individual property owners pay an estimate $2.1 million with the County or KW Resort Utilities paying $275,000.

Option two - individual owners pay around $1.8 million with the County or KW Resort Utilities paying about $775,000.

Additionally property owners must pay a connection fees &emdash; $2,700 per unit, plus the cost of abandoning present sewage system. Estimates on abandoning single residence systems range from several hundred dollars to many thousands of dollars for community package systems.

The article also reports that KW Resort Utilities still uses a sewage plant that has not yet upgraded to advanced wastewater treatment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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