Not far from Astatula in Lake County, there's a $7 million taxpayer-funded facility that hasn't operated for nearly 18 months.
Channel 9 learned the St. Johns River Water Management District stopped the flow of water out of Lake Apopka because the lower the lake gets, the dirtier it gets. The lake level is already down a foot-and-a-half and lowering it more could stir up the muck, officials said.
"It's disappointing more than anything else," said John Harris of the Lake County Water Authority.
"We could have treated up to
"That's their perspective. That's still their responsibility and still their authority. Until that changes, we're sort of at their mercy," said Perry.
But even though the plant sits
"No. It's going to be used," said Harris. "It's just to the point we can't use it at the moment."
As Florida enters the dry season, it's likely the plant will remain closed for now.