A great big thank you to everyone who attended the “Keep Sewage Out” demonstration at Rockledge City Hall this past Wednesday. More than 50 residents of all ages turned out for the exciting event. Demonstrations like this one, will continue and expand over the coming months. Please enjoy a few of the terrific photos from the event. Save Our Aquifer is working on adding these photos and more to the Save Our Aquifer website.
On March 4, 2009, more than 50 residents of all ages gathered to demonstrate their objections to the City of Rockledge’s plan to annually inject 180 million gallons of partially treated sewage into the Underground Source of Drinking Water (USDW), also knows as the Floridan aquifer, via a controversial Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) well. The demonstration was held at the local City Hall.
If the cycle testing permit is approved by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, our local aquifer will be contaminated forever with sewage water that contains birth control chemicals, prescription drugs, fire suppression chemicals, hormones, PCB’s, heavy metals, carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, and numerous other unregulated chemicals that cause human and animal impacts at even trace amounts. The Indian River Lagoon, an Ecological Resource of National Significance, is located within 2,000 feet of the injection site. The City of Rockledge has banned all potable wells within a 1-mile radius of the injection site at the Rockledge Sewage Treatment Facility at 1700 Jack Oates Boulevard, in preparation for the cycle testing permit to be issued by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) as early as June, 2009.
The efforts of the local Rockledge community and surrounding communities will continue as they work towards keeping the Floridan aquifer sewage free.
To Take Action, please go to this link on our website and send an email to the local and state governing officials and permitting agencies FDEP and the SJRWMD.
Thanks for the call this morning and for all your help in getting the word out to other Florida residents. The types of wells are growing in popularity and are very often done by the local governments very quietly so as not to create public interest and involvement. They are called by FDEP “reclaimed water” ASR wells. This will be the first one on the entire east coast to inject partially treated sewage into the Floridan aquifer aka the Underground Source of Drinking Water.