Chumuckla Water System

The Chumuckla Water System owns and operates and is sole provider of a water supply system (withdrawal, treatment, and distribution) that supplies the potable water needs of the residents of this franchise area in the Central portion of the County. The Chumuckla Water System, Inc. is solely responsible for the planning, financing, construction, and operation of the facilities that will supply water within its franchise area. The system currently serves approximately 5,285 persons. The Chumuckla Water System’s franchise and service areas are shown on Map CWS-1.

Map CWS-1
Chumuckla Water System
Franchise Area

Chumuckla Water System Service Area

All potable water supplied by the Chumuckla Water System is done through three (3) wells; all these wells withdraw potable water from the Sand-and-Gravel Aquifer.

a) Water Facility System

The Chumuckla Water System consists of primary residential customers. The maximum design capacity of our facility is 2,250,000 gallons per day.

The population projections estimate the system will grow at an annual rate of 3.5% which is the projected County growth rate. These projections are based on the University of Florida, Bureau of Economic and Business Research (BEBR) mid level population range and using 2007 Basic Facilities Reports (www.dep.state.fl.us/water/drinkingwater/download.htm) information.

Table CWS-1:
Estimated Population of Chumuckla Water System Area

2007 2010 2015 2020 2025
Santa Rosa County 145,934 159,450 178,786 196,932 213,466
Chumuckla Water System 3,811 4,225 5,018 5,960 7,079

Source: University of Florida BEBR 2007 and 2007 Basic Facilities Reports (www.dep.state.fl.us/water/drinkingwater/download.htm)

*The NWFWMD has approved a permitted maximum daily withdrawal of 1,190,000 gallons per day.

All three Chumuckla Water System Wells are equipped with an emergency power backup system to ensure water availability is maintained due an emergency.

(1)  Distribution System

The potable water distribution system consists of in excess of 35 miles of mains sized 2”, 4”, 6”, 8”, 10” and 12” in diameter.  All 6 inch mains and larger have fire hydrants spaced at approximately 1,000 feet.  There is in excess of 1510 meters in the Chumuckla Water System.

It is the goal of Chumuckla Water System to prevent and reduce the wasteful, impractical, uneconomical, or unreasonable use of water through the encouragement and promotion of water conservation. Through the implementation of conservation practices such as; increased systems auditing, meter calibration and replacement, leak detection, and consumer education, Chumuckla Water System will reach their conservation goals.

The continual increase in ADR permitted deficit identifies a situation where the permitted ADR for the water system should be eventually increased by the NWFWMD.  Chumuckla Water System should work with NWFWMD to ensure the permitted ADR continues to address the Average Daily Demand.

(2)  Storage System

There are a total of 3 elevated storage tanks in the potable water system.  The first water tank has a storage capacity of 40,000 gallons.  The second storage tank has a capacity of 100,000 gallons.  The third tank has a capacity of 250,000 gallons.  The total storage capacity of the system is 390,000 gallons.  Table CWS-6 provides a summary of each of the storage tanks.

Table CWS-6:  Water Storage Tanks

Tank Number Location Capacity
1 Chumuckla Highway 40,000
2 Apache Dr. 100,000
3 Quintette Rd. 250,000

Well Locations

Well 2

Well 3

Well 4