Water-Related News

Polk County Water Cooperative Formation Meeting On Friday, September 18

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More than 90 percent of all the public water supply in Polk County comes from the aquifer system. As our communities continue to grow, there is a need to identify new sustainable water resources to meet increased demand. We currently do not have the needed infrastructure to utilize new sustainable water resources, nor the capability to obtain it without a concerted inter-local effort.

On Friday, Sept. 18 an initial meeting involving representatives of the Board of County Commissioners and from some or all of the Polk County municipalities will be held to begin to address the future of water county-wide. It will be held from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Lake Myrtle Sports Complex. These representatives will review, discuss and select the terms and conditions for inclusion in the interlocal goveranance agreement that will create the Polk Regional Water Cooperative.

The Cooperative’s role is to pro-actively identify alternative water resources and projects that ensure the future sustainability of our regional water supply. It will specifically identify sustainable groundwater sources, develop strategies that meet water demands, determine needed infrastructure and establish consistent rules.

The meeting is open to the public. Lake Myrtle Sports Complex is at 2701 Lake Myrtle Park Road, Auburndale.