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Resolution 42-2017

The City of Lake Worth is proposing to purchase the US Water Service Area that provides water and wastewater services to Lake Osborne Estates.

FAQ's

1.  Will LOE residents be charged the same water service rates as residents who actually reside within the City's municipal bounds?

As you are aware, the City already provides bulk water to LOE through a master meter to Lake Osborne Waterworks. LOE would be charged the same rates as all customers served outside the City limits, which includes a 25% surcharge, consistent with City policy. Depending on usage, it is anticipated that LOE residents with average usage will see no noticeable change or slight reduction in their water bill. The City does have tiered, conservation-based rates that discourage excessive usage.

2.  I believe the City recently approved some water service rate increases to be phased in over the next few years--please provide details as to these increases.

It is anticipated that rate increases of 2.75% will be experienced over the next 5 years, in order to fund an aggressive capital improvement program and maintain a healthy financial model. This is typically an increase of slightly over $1 per month for the average customer.

3.  Are there any planned physical improvements to the LOE water system, and if so, how would the City look to finance them?  Please confirm that assessments against properties to finance such improvements would required consent by a majority of property owners.

Initially we plan on adding additional looping in order to improve flushing and water quality in the LOE system, to reduce the frequency of boil water orders that have been experienced. Over the next several years we will replace all 2” water mains, then replace all asbestos-cement water mains in the system. This is included in our proposed Capital Improvements and financial model, no special assessments are needed for this program. We have a very successful record in using State Revolving Funding.

4.  Is the Public Service Commission the oversight body for the City's water utility, and if not, what entity is?

There is no PSC oversight of municipal  water utilities. We operate under the City Manager form of government with the City Commission providing policy direction and approval of our agenda. Regulatory compliance includes USEPA, Florida DEP, Palm Beach County Health Department, South Florida Water Management District, and other agency criteria.

5.  Would the City's purchase of the water service rights to LOE automatically make LOE part of the City's sanitary sewer service area?  If so, does the City have any plans to extend sewer service to LOE, and if so, how would it be financed?

LOE would become part of the City sanitary sewer service area, however there are no plans nor funding in place to extend sewer service. This could only be accomplished by special assessment approved by a majority of the LOE residents, or if we were successful in obtaining grant funding for septic conversion.

For more information please see the Resolution Announcement.

Drinking Water Infrastructure Improvements

The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program recently executed a $568,432 Drinking Water State Revolving Fund loan to assist the City of Lake Worth with replacing water pipes in their distribution system. Over 17 miles of 2-inch corroded water pipes will be fixed by replacing with them with larger 4-inch piping designed for long-term use. This will provide better quality water to approximately 12,000 residences. It is the first phase of a six phase project expected to be completed over the next five years with a total estimated project cost of $14.8M.

Florida's Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) is administered by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) with joint funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the State of Florida. DWSRF programs operate around the country to provide states and communities the resources necessary to maintain and improve the infrastructure that protects our valuable water resources nationwide. Florida's DWSRF program has awarded more than $273 million in funding for 62 for drinking water improvement projects during the past five years for a total of $925 million in loan funds since its inception in 1998. The program provides low-interest loans to eligible entities for planning, designing and constructing water pollution control facilities.

Water  Quality Reports

Staff at the Lake Worth Water Treatment Plant work around the clock to provide top quality water to every tap.  We ask that all our customers help us protect our water sources, which are the heart of our community, our way of life and our children’s future.  The City of Lake Worth Water System routinely monitors for contaminants in your drinking water according to Federal and State laws, rules and regulations.

Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant

City Wide | Water Flow Testing

Water Distribution is currently flow testing city wide fire hydrants.
This is done to insure proper pressures and operations of hydrants. When flushing crews are working close to your residence or business, you may experience periods of very low pressure or temporary discoloration of your water.

If you experience the following it is recommended to run your water faucets for three to five minutes. Please allow a few hours for discoloration to completely to dissipate. Should you have any immediate concerns or questions please feel free to contact Water Distribution at 561.586.1719.  

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Fire Hydrant Flushing

The City of Lake Worth Fire Hydrant Flushing Program is a vital component of the Utility Department’s ongoing commitment to provide its customers with the safest and highest quality water possible.

Four times a year, the City of Lake Worth Water Utility Department performs a city wide fire hydrant flushing program of the system. This involves utility workers opening fire hydrants throughout the city, ensuring the water quality standards are met at every service area. In addition to this scheduled flushing, the City of Lake Worth also performs localized hydrant flushing throughout the rest of the year in order to maintain the required chlorine residuals. This localized maintenance flushing is performed in response to daily water quality sampling results. Learn more.

 

Automatic Distribution System Flushers

Flushing helps maintain water quality. The water entering our distribution system is of very high quality; however, water quality can decline in distribution mains if the mains are not properly managed.  Flushing helps remove “stale” water.  Learn more.

 

Reserved Capacity Charges

Reserved Capacity Charges: These fees are paid to the building department at the time of building permit issuance

Water Capacity: $3,659.00 per ERU

Sewer Capacity: $2,483.00 per ERU

Meter Size

# of ERUs

¾″

1

1″

2.5

1½″

5

2″

10

3″

20

4″

40

6″

80

 

Meter Set & Tap Fees

Meter Set and Tap Fees: These fees are paid to Customer service at the time a meter is applied for.

Meter Size

Meter Set Only

Tap and Meter Set

¾″

$241.50

$1,360.00

1″

$336.00

$1,486.00

1½″

$546.00

$2,226.00

2″

$788.00

$2,473.00

 

Temporary Hydrant Meter

Temporary Hydrant Meter

Deposit = $525                   Minimum Monthly Charge = $214.06 / month

 

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