AVE MARIA UTILITY COMPANY PROVIDES SEAMLESS SERVICE THROUGHOUT HURRICANE IRMA

Ave Maria, FL., — September 21, 2017 – While hundreds of thousands of Collier County residents went without power and were under boil water notice for more than one week, the residents of Ave Maria thanked Ave Maria Utility Company (AMUC) for their seamless service throughout the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Ave Maria Utility Company provides service to approximately 1,450 homes in Ave Maria and those homeowners retained the ability to use water for cooking and drinking during and immediately after the storm. The AMUC water plant, located in Ave Maria, suffered loss of power during the storm but thanks to careful hurricane preparation, two generators were on-hand and used to protect critical equipment when the team made the decision to go to generator power Sunday morning before actual loss of power. Staff was sheltered in the water plant and able to monitor the system status during the height of the storm providing immediate response when necessary.

“While no one likes to think that a storm of this magnitude could strike Collier County again, it’s comforting to know that our facility and staff performed optimally and our customers received the best service possible,” states Jason Vogel, Senior Project Manager for AMUC. “Ave Maria did not experience any sewer backups, overflows, or loss of wastewater service related to the hurricane and our facility escaped major damage.”

Ave Maria Utility Company, through its operator Peninsula Improvement Corporation- Operations and Maintenance Services, was able to provide service to nearby Cypress Palm Middle School, which served as a shelter for first responders. While other school shelters were weathering the difficulties of the boil water notice, Cypress Palm Middle was able to operate with clean water.

ABOUT AVE MARIA & DIRECTIONS
Ave Maria has been named 2016 and 2015 Community of the Year, the Top Selling Single-Family Home Community in Southwest Florida, a Top 40 Master Planned Community in the United States and its active adult community, Del Webb Naples, has been named a Top 20 Places to Retire. Located in southwest Florida, minutes from the beaches and cultural attractions of Naples, Ave Maria is a self-sustaining town including highly-rated schools, shopping and dining, employment opportunities, parks and recreation, and more. At its build out, the town will include up to 11,000 residences, and 1.7 million square feet of retail, office, and business park uses in its 4,000 acres. Set amidst 17,000 acres of environmentally protected land, Ave Maria is located at the intersection of Oil Well and Camp Keais Roads in Eastern Collier County. The main entrance, on Oil Well just west of Camp Keais, leads to the Town Center. Take I-75, exit 111, follow the signs east to Ave Maria, approximately 20 minutes. For more information, please visit www.avemaria.com or call 239-352-3903.