Purpose and Need
Q: What is the purpose of the NESA project?
A: The purpose of this project is to serve the expanding water and sewer district. This project will provide a third wastewater treatment plant which will increase the sustainability and reliability in Collier County as a whole. Currently, there are two regional water treatment plants, two regional wastewater treatment plants. As the Collier County Water-Sewer District grows, the ability of these facilities to serve the needs of residents becomes stressed. This project is the first phase of adding wastewater treatment capacity and reliability. Additionally, potable water and Irrigation Quality (IQ) water pipelines are being installed to provide utility service to our growing area. In future years, both water and wastewater treatment capacity will be added as dictated by demand.
Q: When was this project planned?
A: In 2004, the Board of County Commissioners (“Board”) saw the need for water and wastewater facilities in the northeast region of the County. It purchased land to site the Northeast Utility Facilities in June 2003 and approved the design of these facilities in 2004. The designs were completed in 2010; however, a decline in population growth put the program on hold until reactivated by the Board in 2017.
Q: What is the difference between interim and permanent facilities?
A: This project will construct two storage tanks and eight miles of piping designed in 2010 which are considered permanent. Instead of constructing the large wastewater treatment facility designed in 2010, this project constructs smaller and less expensive interim wastewater treatment facilities. The interim facilities could last three to ten years depending on demand.
Q: When will the permanent regional treatment facilities be built?
A: The timing of future phases of the Northeast Utility Facilities site is entirely dependent upon growth. Based on the developer’s schedules, the northeast regional wastewater treatment facilities should be required in approximately 2025. For potable water service, the existing regional water system will be extended until a new regional water treatment plant is needed in approximately 2028.
Above ground facilities
Q: What will we see on the Northeast Utility Facilities site?
A: There will be a landscape buffer, two permanent storage tanks, two smaller interim tanks, and several interim ancillary one story structures.
Q: When will we be able to see a rendering or design of these facilities?
A: Designs are available for viewing on the project website (colliernesa.com) and at neighborhood information meetings.
Q: Will there be a landscape buffer around the facility?
A: landscape buffer will be installed to soften the view of the site. Landscaping consists of trees (Slash Pine and Laurel Oak) and shrubs (Simpson’s Stoppers and Wax myrtle).
Q: When will the structures be built on the site?
A: Construction has already started, and the water storage tanks and interim wastewater facility is expected to be complete by early 2022
Q: What will be done about odors?
A: An odor control system is a project requirement. It will capture and treat air discharged from the treatment process.
Q: Are lake excavations being performed in the area?
A: Yes. Crews will construct 3 stormwater management ponds and 1 dry detention area within segment 3B.
Pipelines and Fire Hydrants
Q: Where are fire hydrants to be placed?
A: Fire hydrants will be installed approximately every 1,000 feet or at roadway intersections where a water main is installed in the right-of-way. Distances may vary depending upon underground conditions. Generally, water mains and hydrants will be along 41stAvenue NE, 20thStreet NE, 47thAvenue NE, 16th Street NE, and Everglades Boulevard.
Q: Will you be extending fire hydrants to other streets outside of the project area?
A: There are no plans to extend fire hydrants beyond the project’s pipeline alignment.
Q: Where will construction take place on 41st Avenue?
A: Construction was along 41st Avenue from Golden Gate Canal to Faka Union Canal.
Q: What is the scope of the project on 41st Avenue?
A: We installed a 24-inch potable water transmission main, 16-inch irrigation quality water transmission main, and a 24-inch wastewater transmission main. The project included site restoration.
Q: What is the construction schedule on 41st Avenue?
A: Preconstruction activities began in December 2019. This included survey staking, video documentation of preconstruction conditions, and delivery of construction materials. Construction began in January 2020.
Homeowner Questions Received
Q: Will any of my property be taken for to construct project?
A: All facilities are expected to be installed on Collier County Water Sewer District property and in Collier County’s right-of-way.
Q: Will I be required to hook up to the new lines?
A: While the general area of construction encompasses estate-zoned areas, the County will continue its policy of not requiring connection to estate-zoned properties, even if future pipelines front your property.
Q: Several of my neighbors and I are interested in connecting to the new system(s), is that possible?
A: The pipelines being installed are considered transmission mains, and as such, individual property owners are not allowed to connect. On a case-by-case basis, if a group of property owners wishes to construct and connect a distribution system (for potable water), and/or a collections system (for wastewater), they may propose a Municipal Service Taxing Unit (MSTU) or Municipal Service Benefit Unit (MSBU) to fund construction of needed infrastructure, subject to PUD and Board approval. An MSTU/MSBU is a funding mechanism for community members to create a special taxing district to make improvements to their neighborhood. More information about how to create a MSTU/MSBU can be found here: https://www.collierptne.com/what-is-an-mstu/
Q: If I build a new home on vacant property within the project area, will I need to hook up to the new lines at that time?
A: Individual residents will not be able to connect to the water mains or sanitary sewer force mains. Individual residents will need to install a new well and a new septic system.
Q: Does this project include sewer line installation?
A: There are no gravity sewer lines being installed as part of this project. Pressurized wastewater force mains are being installed.
Q: Will the pipelines affect my well?
A: Pipelines being installed as part of this project will not have any impact on private property wells.
Q: After construction, how will my right-of-way be restored?
A: Driveways and the grassy right-of-way areaswill be replaced-in-kind as close as available materials allow.