City of Delray Beach to raise water and sewer rates

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DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — The Delray Beach Municipal Commission on Thursday approved an ordinance to increase water and sewage rates and implement three-day irrigation schedules.

According to the city, a study found that current water and sewer rates would be insufficient to cover ongoing system operating and maintenance expenses, annual debt service and other capital needs. .

“Our duty is to have the foresight necessary to plan for the future needs of our community,” said Mayor Shelly Petrolia. “We have made such progress in planning necessary capital improvement projects, such as our new water treatment plant. Our water rates haven’t increased in 13 years, and the rate increases will help fund this project and other operational needs, while keeping the average Delray Beach homeowner’s water bill competitive with owners of neighboring towns.

The city said that despite increases over the next 5 years, the average water bill for a Delray Beach homeowner in 2026 will be $75.66, $5.59 less than a homeowner’s. a surrounding town today.

Water conservation measures are also a priority area for the city to promote efficient water use and reduce water waste.

“Many households voluntarily followed the three-day irrigation program and now we hope many more will follow,” Hassan Hadjimiry said. “Water conservation is a top priority for the district and a top priority for our city.”

Delray Beach residents who use potable water for irrigation must follow the conservation schedule to avoid fines.

Residents of odd home addresses should use irrigation on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, while those in even home addresses will use water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

Order 11-22 went into effect June 15. However, there is a 90-day grace period that ends on September 15.

For more information on the city’s irrigation ordinance, click here.

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