Our office will be closed Monday May 27, 2013 in observance of Memorial Day.
Board of Commissioners
The Board of Commissioners and Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District were created by Florida House Bill No. 471 in 2002. The business and affairs of the district are overseen by this five-member elected board.
The election for Board of Commissioners is nonpartisan and is held every four years. Each board member must be a registered elector, residing within the boundaries of the district continually through his or her term.
In the first election of the Board of Commissioners, the five available positions were filled by the candidates with the five highest vote totals. The two board members with the fewest votes served a term of two years, while the remaining three served a term of four years. This created the staggered voting we have today. Currently, all Commissioners serve a four year term.
There are three leadership positions on the Board of Commissioners: the Chair, the Vice Chair, and the Secretary-Treasurer. The governing board members elect one of their members to fill each of these positions annually.
Residential Unique Property Information
The purpose of this article is to provide property owners who are participating in the Residential Unique Property (Grinder Pump) program information about what they can expect during the project.
At the Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District Board meeting on March 6, 2012, the District approved staff recommendation to provide, install, and maintain a simplex grinder pump system serving each improved Unique Property within District service area. Your property qualifies for this project as a unique residential property.
The District defines a Residential Unique Property as a single-family residential tax parcel that requires a grinder pump system to tie directly into the District’s force main sewer system. Unique Properties do not have a gravity connection available to the collection system (as most of the other residential properties in our service area); the property must connect directly to the force main system. The Unique Project proposes to purchase, install and maintain a grinder pump system which will make the connection directly to the force main system.
Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District
The Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District was created by the State of Florida in June 2002 to construct a wastewater treatment system for certain areas of the Upper Keys. By performing advanced wastewater treatment, KLWTD, an independent utility district, protects and improves the quality of our nearshore surface waters.
Cesspits and septic tanks in the Keys provide little treatment of domestic wastewater in porous limestone and cause untreated, nutrient-rich wastewater to be discharged into our waters. The untreated water from these cesspits and septic tanks is a main source of nutrients and human pathogens in our ground and surface waters. Water quality issues from wastewater discharge have been documented in residential canals and in nearshore waters. Without reform of our wastewater discharge, the Keys' ecosystem may be destroyed. KLWTD is dedicated to restoring the ecological balance of the Keys' ecosystem and maintaining the Keys' economy by controlling the nutrient levels of our waters.
Here you will find a constant source of up to date information on wastewater treatment implementation, important dates, and public meetings.
Surrounded by clear ocean waters and diverse sea life, the Florida Keys, a chain of tropical islands, is composed of several interdependent communities existing in dynamic equilibrium. These different communities run the gamut from hardwood forests to coral reefs and make the Keys a popular place to live and an important vacation destination.
The Keys has approximately 78,000 permanent, year-round residents (1990 census); the population increases by about 25,000 during winter, the peak tourist season. Approximately 70 percent of Keys residents regularly participate in water-based activities. Maintenance of the integrity and ecological health of marine and terrestrial environments is critical to the economy of the Keys.
Human activities have negatively impacted the ecological balance of the Florida Keys ecosystem. Large-scale physical impacts, such as construction of barriers to tidal flushing, dredging and filling of seagrass beds and wetlands, and nutrient addition to waters surrounding the Keys have profoundly influenced the physical appearance of the Keys, as well as the balance of ecosystem functions.