Water – one of our greatest natural resources. That’s why we made it one of our top priorities at Ocala Ranch as we explored the options for our land. In 2015, when we first started working with Marion County staff to create a plan, we tested the existing wells on our property to learn just how much water we have. We consulted the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) and learned the ins and outs of their requirements.
And then we asked for less.
Much less than what SWFWMD’s calculations say that we could have. In fact, Ocala Ranch’s water withdrawal would be 72 percent less than SWFWMD’s permittable withdrawal.
Ocala Ranch will have a dedicated water campus on site which means no individual wells will be built or permitted. We will have lined ponds to harvest stormwater for irrigation, and four miles of dedicated sewer lines will run to and from the existing county plant to ensure no septic tanks will be used.
We care about water and have made it a priority that Ocala Ranch uses only what we need.