The Loxahatchee River District (LRD) has lowered our rate increase, scheduled April 1, 2017, from 5% to 2%. This 2% rate increase will increase our quarterly sewer bill for a two toilet home by $1.34 ($0.45 per month).
The graph below compares LRD’s Quarterly Sewer Charge against nineteen comparable wastewater utilities. These 19 utilities include the wastewater utilities immediately to our north and south as well as a somewhat random selection of wastewater utilities from across the state. Because many wastewater utilities bill based on water use, our comparison assumes a two toilet home uses 5,000 gallons of water per month, while a three toilet home uses 7,000 gallons of water per month. The graph presents our rates after the April 1, 2017 2% increase and actual rates as of 4/26/2017 for all other utilities.
As you can see in the graph below, our rates are significantly lower than all of the other wastewater utilities we surveyed. Because of proactive efforts, the LRD is on sound financial ground, and we are on track to maintain both our sound financial position and quality customer service through implementation of a reasonable rate structure.
While working to protect and preserve the environmental health of our community and the Loxahatchee River, the District maintains an award-winning, safe and steadfast regional wastewater treatment facility. Our dedicated fiscal responsibility calls for long-term planning to ensure that we meet the needs of the community today and tomorrow. These needs include maintenance of our existing infrastructure as well as installing and operating new infrastructure to meet ever increasing regulations. While it is important to operate as efficiently as possible, it is even more important to maintain a rate structure that allows for the continual maintenance and renewal of our critical assets and meet the fiscal demands of operating the District. Loxahatchee River District staff will continue to implement cost-effective solutions in order to minimize future rate increases while maintaining the above-average level of service provided to our customers.
This year’s rate increase is a cost we all share to ensure our families receive reliable wastewater treatment and disposal along with ongoing preservation efforts for our most treasured natural resource, the Loxahatchee River. We are available to answer any of your questions, and invite you to contact Customer Service at 561-747-5700 Option 2.