CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - It's your money and millions of it will go to improve the Peace River Manasota Water Treatment Plant. That's just over the DeSoto County line and serves thousand of customers across Southwest Florida.
More than 30-million gallons of water run through this plant every day. Providing a very basic need to thousands of residents in Charlotte, Sarasota, DeSoto counties and the city of North Port.
"They're totally dependent on this water supply. What do you do if get up and turn on the faucet and there's no water in the morning? it's not only you the resident, it's businesses, hotels restaurants," says Patrick Lehman.
Executive Director Patrick Lehman says the facility was built in the 1970s and since then, has expanded twice to account for growth in the area. Lehman says the oldest portions are showing their age.
"There's a whole lot of concrete structure here. Thirty-five years of normal wear and tear, the Florida environment, continuous operation, 70-billion gallons of water has gone through this facility since it was built," he adds.
It's why water authority leaders are moving forward with a massive revitalization project that will repair and upgrade the infrastructure. But it comes at a hefty pricetag. Lehman says the total is nearly 13-million dollars.
The Peace River/Manasota Regional Water Supply Authority is taking care of 2-million of that.
"So that leaves 10.8 million dollars to be collected from our customers," Lehman says.
"Well, I know it's a lot but I think it'd be great to have the water. I'd like to see what it's going to cost us as individuals," says Carrie Thubet.
Lehman says the cost to each locality will vary depending on their usage as a whole. The project is expected to begin next month and should be finished in a year.