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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.  As of January 2024, the design is 30% complete.  Final design kickoff meeting is schedule for May 6th.  is anticipated to be submitted in quarter 2 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.  A community outreach meeting was held on April 9th to provide property owners an update on the project, sewer billings, construction conditions and the overall project schedule.

Figure 1: Project Phasing Map
Figure 1: Project Phasing Map


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