Wewahitchka Gets New Centralized Sewer System

By: Kate Eckman
By: Kate Eckman

Officials are very excited about the project and say it has both economic and environmental benefits.

Representatives from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development met with Wewa city leaders Friday to kick off the construction of a centralized sewer system, something city officials say is a long time coming.

Ray Dickens, Wewahitchka Mayor, said, "You just don't put something like this together overnight."

The city of Wewa has received more than $2.3 million in combined loan and grant funding for their project from the USDA Rural Development.

Chuck Clemons with USDA Rural Development said, "I think it's a partnership almost perfect when you have local, state and federal people coming together to solve the problems the community faces, both economic and environmental."

Wewa policymakers want to change the way the city disposes of wastewater. Currently, area wastewater is held on site in septic tanks and treated, but it eventually leaks into the ground, which is a potential source of pollution to the Chipola River.

After the new project is finished, which is set for April 2007, wastewater from Red Bull and Red Bull Island will be collected and pumped to the new Wewa wastewater treatment facility for treatment and disposal.

"It's an environmental bonanza. Every time the good people flush their toilets, that waste goes somewhere; that's not desirable. It ends up in our waterways. Having a centralized sewer system, that fluid can be treated and thus be yielded environmentally neutral."

Clemons says this project will also create more jobs in Wewa, making this a win-win situation for everyone. There is also more good news for Wewa residents; this new centralized sewer system won't cost them a dime.


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