Florida Keys Aquaduct Authority Sign announcing Phase 1, 2, and 3 of
Duck Key Utility Improvements at entrance to Duck Key
The Residents can expect the wastewater construction project by its sheer nature to be a very messy process. The engineers believe they can utilize a gravity flow system to collect wastewater on Duck Key. Much thought has gone into choosing a gravity system over the vacuum istallations chosen by Marathon and Key Largo.The gravity system will require deep trenches in many places through ground water in order to establish the proper grade needed for sewage to flow toward the collection points. In places pipes will have to be laid under water which can prove difficult. Street traffic will be interrupted and roadswill be wet and muddy. Roads will remain in poor condition for some time. Though roads will be patched, island roads will not be resurfaced until the project is complet
The engineers of the Florida Keys Aquaduct Authority believe a gravity system isthe best choice for Duck Key. A link to an article explaining why Key Largo and Marathon preferred the vacuum system over that of gravity is provided below.
Vacuum system option.
Duck Key Property Owners' Association Report on Sewer Construction
The Property Owners' Association reports that sewer construction ground breaking for Duck Key should begn in February. Resident Roger Marriott indicated that
"The Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority (FKAA) has finally secured funding from the Monroe County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) to enable the collection system to proceed. A Monroe County Interlocal Agreement in the amount of $8.8M has been signed. Some $5.0M will be available in FY 2011 with the balance of $3.8 in FY 2012".
"Phases 1, 2 and 3 are fully funded and we should see ground breaking in February 2011. The construction schedule appears sensible and there are significant penalty clauses for late completion, so it is likely that these Phases will be completed on or close to schedule. "
The map below shows the sections of Duck Key which will impacted by construction during 2011 and 2012.
The colored portions of the map above shows the first areas to be involved.
The remaining four Phases and final paving are in the BOCC's budget for FY 2012. FKAA as the general contractor will not proceed to award the remaining contracts until certain of funding from the BOCC.
The complete Marriot report is available at http://www.hoatown.com/dkpoa/index.php
Letter from Contractor Metro Equipment Services regarding wastewater - April 5, 2011
Clarification Letter from Florida Keys Aquaduct Authority - Apri 6, 2011
ADDITIONAL FKAA LINKS FOR DUCK KEY AND HAWKS CAY
Metro Equipment Services putting a water reuse line on Harbour Island - April 18, 2011
Reuse Survey 2010
In 2010, 18% of the residential home owners (shown in green) indicated they wanted to connect to the water reuse line. Four percent (yellow) indicated they mght be interested in water reuse. Owners of those sites colored red stated they do not want a water reuse hookup. Seventy-one percent did not participate in the survey.
Metro Equipment Services staging area on Exuma on Center Island - April 18, 2011