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Upgrades to save taxpayers money on water bill

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Updated: 10/27/2013 10:32 pm
ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. -- The Atlantic Beach waste water facility is now saving taxpayers about $350,000 a year.

"I wish I could clone this facility the way it was put together," said Mayor Mike Borno.

Borno said the new upgrades to the Atlantic Beach main waste water plant mean tax dollars are not going down the drain.

"Money is being saved by operations so... it saves the taxpayer in all this," said Borno.

Borno and staff from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection recently toured the facility and had the chance to see the upgrades at work.

"We looked at many things that would make it extremely efficient, like pumping out the system down... at night so we don't pump against a pressurized line," said Borno.

The system also pumps less nitrogen into the St. John's River. The plant now uses less electricity and a new system to monitor and control waste water.

The DEP secretary Herschel Vinyard said all the facilities in the northeast are making strides.

"Water is our future, we've got to make the necessary investments to improve our water quality and what we're seeing today is the folks in Atlantic Beach, Jacksonville (in) and Clay County are investing heavily improving the water quality here," said Vinyard.

"We are blessed by having a great crew and a great staff that runs this facility and citizens are very fortunate," said Borno.

The upgrades cost about $10 million and are funded by a grant and money from DEP. The mayor believes the upgrades will save the city millions over the next ten years.

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