Greater Pine Island Water Association Inc.
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Water Quality - Arsenic

From time to time there is something in the news that prompts questions about GPIWA water quality. Recently our customers have inquired regarding Arsenic that has been in the news on Pine Island. GPIWA water originates from five deep wells (750 feet) into the Lower Hawthorn aquifer. When the most recent well was drilled in 2009 the source water was tested for all primary and secondary drinking water standards. Arsenic was tested, and the result was below the method detection limit of 0.001 milligram per liter (mg/l) or 1 part per billion (ppb). The water is then processed by reverse osmosis.

The maximum contaminate level for arsenic as regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is 10 ppb. In our June 2017 sampling of the finished treated water, the result was reported as 1 ppb. This is the lowest detection level for the laboratory.

That said, we also reached out to our geologic consultant regarding the current protection or vulnerability of the aquifer we utilize.

Between the base of the surficial aquifer and the top of the Lower Hawthorn aquifer are several hundred feet of impermeable clay. Therefore, because of the confinement and artesian pressure, there is no possibility of contaminants from surface land use activities entering the GPIWA PWS source aquifer.”

We encourage all our customers to visit the tab Publications on the home page of our website. This will take you to the latest Consumer Confidence Report (CCR).


Click on the link below to view the 2018 Budget Presentation by Laurie Adams, General Manager.    


For the 2018 GPIWA budget we are going to undertake the upgrade of the Matlacha Isles water distribution system. Beginning Monday November 6, 2017 there will be survey staff in the neighborhood. The project will then head to design, bid and construction in the Spring of 2018. We will include updates to the website as progress is made.

Click on the attachment below to view a map of the area to be upgraded.



This project is substantially complete as all properties are connected to the new water mains, all hydrants are in service and most restoration is complete. There will be some additional clean up the week of July 24.

We thank all our customers for your patience during the project. We also thank Stevens & Layton for finishing ahead of schedule and their responsiveness to concerns raised by residents.


Click on the link below to view the 2017 Annual Meeting presentation by Laurie Adams, General Manager.
Charlotte Shores water line upgrade project

Upgrading the water lines in Charlotte Shores is underway.  The construction bid was awarded to Stevens & Layton Inc. for a cost of $874,110.83.   The project is scheduled to take 6-8 months to complete. 13 new fire hydrants will be included in the upgrade, providing fire protection to all residents.

Phase 1 (Genesee Parkway, Flint & Argentine Courts) is ahead of schedule.   After chlorination & pressure testing, individual water meters will  be removed from the old line and re-connected to the new line. 

Then Phase 2 will begin.  Click on the attachment below to view a map of the area to be upgraded. 
Lead & Copper Testing

In July 2016, we sampled 30 sites for lead and copper testing based on the required sampling protocol.  The action level for Lead is 15 parts per billion (ppb) and Copper is 1.2 parts per million (ppm).  To determine compliance, we must calculate what they term the 90th percentile.  For copper the result was 0.0066 ppm.  Lead was below the detection level of .25 ppb and therefore not detected.

Rules & Regulation change - "stopped meters"

The Association's Rules and Regulations were amended to include the following procedure for meters that have stopped working. 

        "c.  If, from any cause, a meter fails to register the amount of water passing through it, the owner shall be charged at the average daily rate as shown by the meter when in order."

Members are encouraged to notify the GPIWA business office if your water bill shows "0" usage and you have been using water.

Franchise Area of GPIWA

GPIWA was granted a franchise from Lee County to service a specific area known as "Greater Pine Island".  The boundaries of this franchise are all areas from the northern tip of Bokeelia to the southern tip of St James City, the north and south sides of Pine Island Road from Pine Island Center east thru Matlacha to the east side of Matlacha Isles.  Continuing on the south side of Pine Island Road from the Pine Island Chamber of Commerce to the east side of the "Future site of Honc Industries" sign including all of Royal Tee and Cape Royal backing up to the south to Sandoval.  Also in our franchise area is the subdivision of Saddlewood Farms on the south side of Pine Island Road including both sides of Saddlewood Lane, Bridle Lane, and Shelley Lane.  Click on the map below for a visual picture of the franchise area.