Fort Lauderdale water bills to rise in October

September 11, 2023 by No Comments

Fort Lauderdale is currently undertaking an ambitious project to construct a new water facility at a cost of $1.4 billion, with the goal of completing it by 2026. This initiative involves replacing the outdated network of underground pipes that crisscross the city’s terrain.

To fund this endeavor, residents will be contributing financially, although not everyone is in favor of this decision. Consequently, the city is implementing increases in its water and sewer rates, and these rates will continue to rise over the course of the next decade. Currently, the average user pays $82.13 per month, but this amount is set to increase to $93.67. This rise will begin on October 1st in a few weeks time.

In the upcoming fiscal year, the planned rate adjustments are set at 22.5% for water and 9% for sewer, which are projected to boost the city’s revenue by 14%, according to City Manager Greg Chavarria. Looking ahead to 2033, it is anticipated that the average monthly water bill will surge to $165.66, representing more than five times the current average of $30.46. Similarly, the monthly sewer bill is slated to rise from $51.68 to $94.14 by 2033.

The increased water rates are intended to support the construction of a modern replacement for the aging Fiveash Water Treatment Plant, which was originally built in 1954. Additionally, the city plans to invest in a new automatic metering system. These financial matters will be discussed by Fort Lauderdale commissioners as part of the city’s $1 billion budget and tax rate deliberations, taking place in their temporary location at The Parker on Tuesday.

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