ECUA To Expand Services
3:24 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Residents In North Santa Rosa County Now Have Optional Curbside Utility

  Beginning with the New Year, residents in northern Santa Rosa County will have the opportunity to sign up for a new waste and recyclable collection service from Emerald Coast Utilities Authority.

Both the ECUA Board and Santa Rosa County Commission approved the program last week. ECUA was the low bidder for the contrac, offering a quarterly charge of $51.27. That beat out the bids from Waste Management and Waste Pro. ECUA’s Nathalie Bowers says the charge will pay for a number of services.

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3:27 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

ECUA Unanimously Takes Step To Sell Main Street Property To Quint Studer

  The Escambia County Utilities Authority unanimously voted Thursday to take the next step in pursuing a sale of the site of a former wastewater treatment facility to local businessman Quint Studer. 

In his address to the ECUA board Mr. Studer outlined the first phase of the proposed plan which would include sports fields, an arts and education component, and eventually a small medical park and residential space.

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Pensacola Energy
5:11 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Natural Gas Vehicles Provide Two Years Of Savings


Savings in fuel costs and maintenance are among the positives, two years after Energy Pensacola and Emerald Coast Utilities Authority teamed up on a compressed natural gas program.

“Today is a big day for Pensacola,” said Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward, speaking in 2012 at the opening of the first CNG fueling station on Pine Forest Road in 2012. “We’re not just opening a natural gas fueling station. We’re embarking on a new energy future for our community.”

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Storm led to new plant in Cantonment
2:58 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

New Treatment Plant Has Origins in Ivan's Fury

Credit Emerald Coast Utilities Authority

As part of WUWF’s look back at Hurricane Ivan on its 10th anniversary, it turns out the storm did lead the way towards replacing Pensacola’s water treatment plant, which had been in service since 1937.

Ivan’s 100-plus mile and hour winds and storm surges of up to 15 feet mortally wounded the Main Street Treatment plant. A power outage knocked it off line for three and a half days -- resulting in a toxic brew of storm water, storm surge and raw sewage flooding parts of downtown Pensacola.

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Utility Prices
9:06 am
Fri August 1, 2014

ECUA Seeks Extra Funding For Infrastructure

Credit ECUA

The Emerald Coast Utilities Authority is considering raising rates next year.

During a unanimous vote last week, the ECUA Board approved a 3% hike in water and wastewater rates, and 3.5% for sanitation. If it gains final approval as early as next month, residential water bills would go up about $3.44, depending on usage.

Board member Lois Benson says the increases are aimed at higher tipping fees at Escambia County's Perdido Landfill, and upgrading infrastructure – the deficiencies of which were evident during the storms and flooding in late April.

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Storm Debris Removal
2:38 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Escambia, Santa Rosa Tackling Post-Storm Debris

An Operation Blessing volunteer helps remove debris from flooding.
Credit Photo courtesy

Dump trucks are making regular trips to and from landfills in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties, discarding massive amounts of storm-related debris collected from area residences.

Emerald Coast Utilities Authority has about 20 crews out picking up the storm debris. As the flood waters in many areas began to recede, ECUA began their work on May 4 in the Bristol Park subdivision.

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Escambia County Commission
5:26 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Is a New Administrator On the Way for Escambia County?

Credit Escambia County

After spending a year and a half and $40,000 on the search, the Escambia County Commission could vote to hire a new administrator Thursday evening.

The five finalists are: Albert Penska, John Weaver, Jack Brown, Ted Lakey, and former Pensacola City Administrator Bill Reynolds. Brown appears to be the favorite.

A sixth candidate, current Interim Administrator Larry Newsome, is being pushed by Commissioners Gene Valentino and Wilson Robertson.

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