Protection Enterprise Zone Committee, Stephen Hunter Chair Ocala Florida
After years of working to bring attention to Utility Discharge problems at springs in Central Florida,
the Springs Protection Executive committee is considering "doubling down", and copying the Drill/Dump Practices
in order to bring more attention to the punching a hole and spilling stuff into the aquifer. It saves utilities money
to dump into the aquifer.
If we can't beat them perhaps we should join the forces and let the allegedly polluting our springs
and aquifers happen in the short run. If it gets bad enough, maybe we can clean up the loop holes that Utilities have
Dumping into a loop hole is cheap and profitable. Perhaps by expanding the Drill/Dump practice currently used
as a cost cutting method to drain unwanted Sewer Effluent and Storm Sewer waste away to springs out flow we could actually
save our aquifers. The practice is thought to contribute the prime total nitrate point source to the springs of Marion
and Alachua counties.
Some environmental experts feel that since
we have been unable to even get media and governmental attention to the Drill/Dump problem, we might be able to expand the
to the suggestion that Springs Protection.com set up a similar Kanapaha style sewage effluent discharge point source, please
consider the following suggestions from our Enterprise Zone committee. We have funding and if we act fast the needed
drill rig can be secured in 10 days. The current Drill Rig owner
may be willing to operate or train our operator.
We would be able to provide a complete drill/dump service modeled after
the Ocala Drainage Well system and the Kanapaha Sewer Effluent System. Drilling would be in 4" drain holes and
depending on volume and pressure the holes would be cased to 50' to 200" and deep enough to take the volume we hoped
to discharge at the point of discharge. Gravity feed volume varies from 240 fpm to 700 gpm under higher pressure. Note:
there is potential hammer shock and noise at higher pressure.
We must be prepared to stop the practice if kanapaha and Ocala are forced to stop. Currently the public has
been willing to ignore Drill/Dump because of the perceived cost savings that might be passed on if Spray Field procedures
were followed. Marion County mostly uses spray field procedures and would be able to realize considerable operational
savings if Drill/Dump was implemented.
* We must secure required permits do Kanapaha style drill/dump of effluent and to expand practice
into discharge of the effluent from Marion County Utilities. * We can assume that local print media, the Ocala
Star Banner and Gainesville Sun along with FDEP will treat additional drill hole discharge as a "beneficial outfall,
and Sub-Aqueous Diffusion Systems with the same approvals as the Ocala and Gainesville Drill/Dump systems currently in operation.
Until we can stop drainage to our springs we might as well join in the Drill/Dump practice.
*The cost of finding a flowing sinkhole and piping costs can be avoided
by localized hole drainage. * The 17 acre ditch drainage system to Silver River at the Silver Springs Attraction could
be replaced by a Drill/Dump solution that would be just as direct but less unsightly as the current parking lot drainage system
to the Silver River. Direct Boil input would mix the oils currently reducing bio mass in Silver River because of Larva
Destruction. Mixed in the boil the hydrocarbons would remain bound to H2O during most of the Silver River trip to the
* Silver Springs flow volume
is expected to increase 30% if most water retention is sent directly to the sub aqueous distribution system expansion as proposed.
Benefits are a clear ability to dye check and evaluate
the discharge of Sewer Effluent from our own wells. Funding can be from a portion of the cost savings of spray field
discharge currently covered by Marion County tax payers.
* Water retention land costs could be reduced considerably if drains are put in place per the Ocala Utility drains
in water retention areas.
* Deep digging
of retention ponds to open up direct karst openings to the aquifer drainage system would save millions. The Ocala and
Gainesville drainage systems to drill holes and sinkholes will provide supporting evidence for projected savings. We
believe the cost savings of a direct hole drainage system to be in the $10,000,000 to $44,000,000 annually. Actual savings
Possible demo drill rig we
can purchase for showing possible opportunities to deposit sewer effluent and storm-water in the aquifer in the aquifer. In
the event we can't stop Kanapaha Sewer plant discharges, perhaps we can discharge our own and save a comparable amount of
Utility spray field costs for the tax payers of Marion County.
This entire project hinges on Tom McNiff, Brad Rogers, and Dr Knight's continuing to support the idea that Kanapaha
style Drill/Dump into the aquifer is not a problem for our drinking water or springs. We also may be able to get a N/A
category for our utility discharge direct to the aquifer and thereby avoid even being considered in the TDML and Basin Plan.
Once the plan is underway and algal
issues are accepted as acceptable or Non Applicable, we should be able to increase the total N levels to Kanapaha standards
and relieve local tax payers of the cost of current operations.
Drilling rig for sale Small but each hole can drain 14,000 gallons per hour up to 28,000 fpm under pressure. That
is 1680 gallons per hour under pressure or 10 million in a four hour shift. Labor, maintenance, land and permits extra
expense. Drill machine costs under $30,000.
If not under high pressure, 240 gal per minute or 840,000 gal per hour. This rate would dump 3,360,000 in a
4 hour shift or 10 million in a 12 hour shift.
drainage hole diameter is needed in order to attain flow into karst Aquifer limestone. Estimates range from 52 inches
of dump surface diameter cylender by 1000 feet in order to have enough surface area to dispose of 10,000,000 gallons daily.
Annual plume volume is 4,000,000,000,000 gallons minus conduit flow out of springs and well extraction for drinking
and agriculture. Expect algal growth in springs upon contact with light and carbon sources. Expect health issues
with human and livestock consumption.