Light Up Lake Worth
About the Program
The City of Lake Worth has a long tradition of environmental responsibility, water conservation, power efficiency and customer concern. As part of that tradition, the City is working to improve the safety, reliability, efficiency and environmental sensitivity of City infrastructure. Learn more here.
Solar Energy Project
Lake Worth will be a leader in municipal renewable energy and only the 3rd city in Florida to construct a solar farm.
The project has taken a 63 acre landfill that was an environmental scar and turned it into a producing solar energy field. Initially, Lake Worth’s solar photovoltaic panels will generate enough clean energy to power more than 250 homes and reduce carbon emissions by 4 million pounds – the equivalent of taking 400 cars off of the roads.
Community owned, community pride!
Meter Replacement Program
Starting in February 2016, the City of Lake Worth will initiate a comprehensive water and electric replacement program that will upgrade or replace approximately 39,992 meters to an automatic meter reading (AMI) system.
- Upgrade water & electric distribution system with meters that have an electronic reading capability;
- Replace old meters that have served beyond their estimated useful life;
- Include commercial and residential meters;
- Be completed within 11 months.
Water and electric meters are the devices used to measure the amount of water and electricity delivered to our customers. The new system will allow meters to be read from data collectors either in a moving vehicle or mounted to infrastructure across the city. Replacing old meters will ensure that the City can accurately track individual usage for billing purposes as well as monitor and evaluate community demands.
- Improve the efficiency of meter reading and water billing;
- Increase the quality of customer service by eliminating the need for estimated bills;
- Save staff time;
- Prevent recording errors;
- Minimize the need for personnel to go on your property;
- Ability to detect if a leak is occurring in your plumbing system.
Frequently Asked Questions | Meter Replacement Program
Q: Are the new meters the same as the ones being replaced?
A: No. Meters will be replaced with automated ones that transmit the readings to a handheld or mobile device. The automated meters eliminate the need for a person coming into your yard & taking a manual reading. This will improve the efficiency and lower the cost of the meter reading program.
Q: Why do meters need to be replaced?
A: As with any measuring device, meters can become less accurate as they age. Water meters have a useful life of 12 to 15 years after which the accuracy may diminish.
Q: Who will install the new meters?
A: Pedal Valves, Inc., will replace or upgrade approximately 39,992 water and electric meters throughout Lake Worth. The work crews will be wearing blue shirts with the logo “Siemens/PVI Meter Team” and driving trucks with the same insignia.
Q: Will my service be interrupted during the installation?
A: Yes. There will be a temporary service interruption while the meter is replaced – typically about 15 to 30 minutes. A Pedal Valve representative will inform each resident prior to the installation of the new meter.
Q: Do I need to be home for the meter replacement work?
A: No, you don’t need to be home.
Q: How much will the meters cost?
A: There is no charge for the new meter.
Q: Will my water bill increase?
A: As meters age, they tend to run slower and may not measure all the water going through them. Depending on the age and accuracy of your existing meter, you may experience a higher bill due to the accuracy of your new meter. The new meters will simply record consumption more accurately.
Q: Will I be notified in advance when my meter will be changed out?
A: Yes. Approximately two (2) weeks prior to meter replacement, you will receive this same information via mail. Two - three days prior to meter replacement a door hanger will be left at your residence.
LED Street Lights
An appropriate street lighting system can increase traffic safety and the sense of wellbeing and security for members of the community. With this in mind, the City of Lake Worth – in conjunction with Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office – embarked upon an ambitious program of upgrading all street lights within the City. Gaps in lighting were mapped, dark areas identified, and work has commenced to Light Up Lake Worth.
Instead of simply using old technology, Lake Worth is converting over 4,000 street lights to energy efficient LED lighting.
Did You Know?
- LED lights typically use 80-90% less energy than incandescent bulbs;
- LED lights have a 5-7 year warranty;
- LED lights require less bulb replacement therefore less staff time for maintenance;
- LED lights will reduce the heat levels from 4000k to 2700k per light;
- Lake Worth is the 1st municipality in the State of Florida to receive approval for 2700k LEDs on FDOT controlled roadways.
- International Dark Skies Association (IDA) compliant;
- Directional & focused lighting;
- Reduced up-light, backlight & glare;
- LED lights improves images captured on closed circuit television;
- LED bulbs emit light more evenly;
- Cost savings = $250k per year.