This Is our Village

Monday, January 17, 2011


Hi all,
Yes, it is the dry season again and the lakes are dropping. This subject has been hashed and re-hashed in the old BLOG, please see the following URL:

The bottom line is simple, The Reclaimed Water contract allow "up to 750k-gallons" per day; that could be zero up to the maximum or anywhere in between.
The idea that this amount of water could maintain our lake levels is, and always was,  a pure fiction. It takes 1.7 million gallons to raise our lakes 1 (ONE) inch.

Furthermore, the levels drop in response to drops in the water table; the only answer to water table maintenance is Rain, which we are not getting.

The process of pumping Reclaimed Water into the lakes was not properly researched from day one! The Reclaimed water should be used exclusively for irrigation. This means it should have been pumped into a closed loop for irrigation only; thus exempting us from any water restrictions. To reconstruct the system now would be incredibly expensive.

This is a classical example of the saying:

"Don't start vast projects with half-vast ideas"

Dave Israel


  1. I can recall when I first came here, over ten years ago, that part of our water was well water. The well water was scrapped and we used reclaimed water. Would it be possible to put our pumps back in action to help the lakes?

  2. Hi Dave,
    This approach to large projects is reminiscent of the Shoreline Restoration project, which went in a different direction than proposed by the in-depth engineering study. I hope that when the time comes for road re-surfacing, that it will be analyzed and bidded out properly.

  3. Hi Booker,
    January 18, 2011 5:55 AM,

    Even water from wells is controlled by SFWMD; it is not feasable to extract unlimited water from wells.

    Dave Israel

  4. Hi Randall,
    January 18, 2011 4:43 PM,

    Indeed, we have engaged an Engineering group who has completed a preliminary study (copies available upon request)

    We will video the drain system and clean, repair and replace pipes as needed, we will repair the swales; all prior to actually resurfacing as required.

    All of these efforts will be coordinated through our Bid Committee and our LCAM.

    Dave Israel


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