The Authority currently provides wholesale drinking water to Charlotte, DeSoto, and Sarasota Counties and the City of North Port and operates an emergency interconnect with the City of Punta Gorda through 65 miles of transmission pipelines. In the future the Authority will deliver water to Manatee County as well. The existing regional pipelines range in diameter from 20-inches to 48-inches. Deliveries are made to Authority’s Customers through individual wholesale billing meters in turn each Authority Customer supplies water to their respective retail Customers. Authority Customers pay a fixed monthly base-rate consistent with their contracted water allocation from the Peace River Facility, and a use-rate based on actual metered delivery from the regional system. The Authority’s current transmission system is shown in Figure 1 below.
The Authority’s Strategic Plan includes a focus on interconnecting the sources and demand areas throughout the region to improve system reliability and cost effectively meet current and future needs through optimal use of existing production facilities. Expansion of the regional pipeline system also improve resource management opportunities – enabling use of the right source at the right time, and expands the reach of the system improving opportunities to develop the most favorable new water supply sources.
The Authority’s Integrated Regional Water Supply Master Plan, adopted in April 2015, includes the Regional Vision for 2035 (see Figure 2), recommending 72 miles of new pipelines interconnecting the region.