The Zephyrhills City Council agreed Monday to expand water service to subdivisions Lake Dorothea Grove and Chalfont Heights.
The 53 residents were getting their water from a private well, which became contaminated with nitrates and was deemed undrinkable by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
The subdivisions are not within the city limits, but are part of the city's water service area. Because no city water lines exist nearby, the city will pay $126,000 to build 2,800 feet of a 12-inch water main along U.S. 301 from Kossik Road to Phelps Road.
The expansion will extend the city's water system north, toward Dade City — part of a potential plan to extend the city's system to eventually link with Dade City's water lines.
The plan was developed by David Henderson, the city's utilities director, and in involves DEP, the Florida Rural Water Association and the homeowner associations of the two subdivisions.
The subdivisions will pay the city $18,750 and the DEP will provide the city with $75,000 for expanding the water system. Since the city and the subdivisions are members of the rural water association, it will pay for $65,500 in engineering and permitting fees.
Council members unanimously approved the plan.