WAKULLA COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) – Wakulla County’s Otter Creek Water Reclamation Facility recently began its aquifer recharge program, marking an important step in the overall environmental protection of the Wakulla County.

The Wakulla County Golf Course, formerly known as the Wildwood Golf Course, now receives beneficial aquifer recharge water that will be returned to the aquifer by spraying onto the golf course.

The golf course is currently licensed for 600,000 gallons per day of beneficial aquifer recharge water removal.

“We have access to water and if we can deliver it effectively to these hundreds of acres of property and protect our animals and the aquifer at the same time, there can be no better combination,” said the superintendent of the Gina Williams Golf Course.

In 2012, when Wakulla County first announced the need to increase the capacity of the water reclamation facility.

Since then, they have secured funding for wastewater infrastructure projects totaling over $100 million with the help of partner agencies such as the FDEP, the North Florida Water Management District, and the Governor’s Office. .

Due to limited land, the county felt that the Wakulla County Golf Course was the best place to start this remediation system.

“We had an area where citizens expressed concern about whether it would be able to handle our plans with respect to the disposal of recharge, the aquifer for water recharge. golf course during this same period became available for sale, so we approached the owner and were fortunate enough to purchase it,” said Wakulla County Administrator David Edwards.

“I’ve been running golf courses since 2008. I’ve personally been using this aquifer recharge water since then and it’s a great benefit when you’re in a drought situation and it’s a benefit to the county. We have a place to put that water and we can expand over time into other areas like parks, ball diamonds, those types of places,” Williams said.

As for the rest of the next five years, Wakulla County hopes that homes will no longer be septic and that their golf course will reopen.