January 9, 2019

KEY LARGO — Hazel Street will be home to the Cross Key wastewater treatment plant by March 2020, if things go according to plan.

The Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority is using a federal Decentralized Wastewater System Grant to build a decentralized wastewater treatment facility and collection system on Cross Key, a tiny subdivision featuring a handful of homes and a marina off the 18-Mile Stretch.

FKAA has authorized the engineering firm, CPH, to engineer and design a Modified Ludzack‐Ettinger wastewater treatment plant for what has been determined to be the most viable location at lot 19 on Hazel Street.

“This new facility will meet Best Available Technology [Standards], effectively removing approximately 98 percent of nutrients prior to any discharge to the injection well system,” FKAA’s press release states.

FKAA held a preliminary meeting with Monroe County officials to discuss the conditional use rezoning process that will be necessary for development approval, and as part of the process, a series of public meetings will be held.

Residents will be notified in advance of the meetings.

Survey work reportedly began last week. FKAA’s estimated timeline projects the design phase to be complete by May and construction to begin as soon as June. The complete buildout of the decentralized wastewater treatment and collection plant is estimated to be done by March 2020.

Updates to the Monroe Park/Cross Key project will be published monthly as part of FKAA’s newsletter filed in its listed “Projects in Progress” link. Contact Julie Cheon, FKAA public information manager, at 305-295-2150 or jcheon@fkaa.com with any questions.

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