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 NO MORE LINDRICK?

Life on<br>the Gulf

POTENTIAL SALE OF LINDRICK

The era of Lindrick as our purveyor of water and sewer services is likely coming to an end.

On Oct 20, 2009, the Pasco County Commissioners gave the 'go ahead' to the Florida Governmental Utilities Authority, FGUA, to complete their assessment and evaluation of the Lindrick system (known as "Due Diligence") and to present a purchase contract to the FGUA Board for approval. Even though money is 'tight' with U.S. financial markets still recovering from the severe downturn in 2008, there is hope that this purchase deal can be 'done' in the next couple of months.



And what does 'done' mean? Besides actually getting the contract signed and securing $16.8M in funds to cover the purchase price, the biggest thing for the potential new owner, FGUA, is to procure additional funding from the financial markets to the tune of $4.2M, the amount of dollars needed to rehabilitate Lindrick's current systems which extend from Shamrock Heights east of Route 19, across to Gulf Harbors (Floramar) and north to Gulf Landings, just south of Green Key. In all, about 16 different 'communities' are served by Lindrick.

One piece of the plan calls for the replacement of a 50+ year old cast iron water main that starts at Sea Castle and heads west. Other improvements to the 'water distribution' part of the system include hydrant repairs, the installation of a backup water main which would provide an alternate connection from the pumping stations east of Route 19, and an "R&R" fund to set aside monies for future repair and replacement contingencies.

FGUA will also procure more water from New Port Richey. Lindrick's wells are stressed to the limit and infiltrated by sea water so FGUA will buy water from New Port Richey, curtailing use of the old Lindrick pumps and wells.

FGUA estimates it will take the better part of a year to complete the project.

Kathy Detrano, GHCA Web Editor

This is the first in a series of articles about our water system, it's potential new owner, and the operators who were gracious enough to give me a lengthy interview and tour of their facility. Future topics here include water treatment issues, sewer line upgrades, FGUA Customer Service facilities, etc.]


Posted On Wednesday, October 28, 2009


 
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