Water bill eventually going up again in Broward?
Broward County commissioners are expected to vote Tuesday on limiting landscape irrigation watering to two days a week. The vote, which would direct the county attorney to create an ordinance to amend language already in county code, would restrict irrigation watering.
According to documents from the county,”the action reinforces Broward County’s commitment to the conservation of the quality and quantity of local water resources…to help ensure the availability of current and future water supplies.”
The reasoning behind this is that water irrigation one-half of household water consumption and places a significant demand on local water resources. Recent water shortages, changes in regional water management and policy, and Everglades restoration activities have placed greater emphasis on water conservation activities as part of a regional water management plan in South Florida Water Management District. Year-round water conservation measures limiting landscape irrigation to 2 days per week are already being implemented in other parts of the state including Miami-Dade County and Lee County. The South Florida Water Management District’s water conservation program includes a year-round water conservation measure and promotes a 2 day per week landscape irrigation schedule throughout the South Florida Water Management District.
The county’s water advisory board recently voted to recommend the commission support the South Florida Water Management District in efforts to support two-day irrigation watering, however, an offset of this decision is a possible increase in water costs for residents. Water conservation measures are expected to provide long-term cost savings by reducing the total volume of more costly alternative water supplies that would otherwise need to be developed. However, although water restrictions limiting landscape irrigation to 2 and 3 days per week have been in effect for approximately two years, water utility rate adjustments may be necessary to compensate for revenue loss associated with longer-term reductions in irrigation demand.
The commission will vote on creating this ordinance Tuesday, Oct. 13.
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