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Columbia County Water Conservation Initiative
The Columbia County Water Conservation Project will provide cost-share rebates to local businesses to replace an estimated 600 existing toilet fixtures and 665 faucets with high efficiency units. Retrofitting toilets and faucet aerators with high efficiency fixtures save water that would otherwise be wasted. High efficiency toilets are designed to accomplish a flush with an average of 20 percent less water use than current 1.6 gallon models. However, depending on the age of the toilet, an average of 3 gallons per flush could be saved. With the addition of faucet aerators, water flow can be reduced from 2.2 gallons per minute to 1.5 gallons per minute, further improving water use efficiency. The District is working with the Ichetucknee Partnership, the Lake City-Columbia County Chamber of Commerce and Columbia County on this project. This project will result in permanent and cost-effective improvements in water use efficiency benefitting the Ichetucknee Springs Group as well as other springs along the Lower Santa Fe River.

  • Water conservation and springs protection in the Ichetucknee Springs Group
  • Public education
  • Community engagement

The total project cost for the project is $350,000. The District is contributing $30,000, the Department of Environmental Protection is contributing $250,000, and Local Cooperators are contributing $70,000.

  • Agreement Executed: January 27, 2015
  • Application Period: Scheduled to start July of 2015
  • Completion: Scheduled to be completed January of 2016


For more information, contact Tommy Kiger, Project Manager, at 386.362.1001 or .