On Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 5:30pm, the City will hold a public hearing to discuss a Water & Sewer rate increase. The meeting will be held as a virtual public meeting held in accordance with authorized communications media technology protocols. The Virtual Meeting can be viewed live on the City access channel or Livestream at www.Cityofhomestead.com/publicmeeting. The public may also participate live via WebEx Events (click here to join) or via toll free conference call number (. Please go to www.cityofhomestead.com/calendar for specific details. You can view the Quick Start Guide here.
This is the first increase in rates in 2 years and HPS still has one of the lowest water rates in all of Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. View the rate table to learn more.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is my water rate going up?
- Demand for service has increased and so has the cost of providing that service to customers. The City's water rates ordinance allows for annual rate increases tied to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Water & Sewer Services, which increased by 6.38%.
When is the last time water rates went up?
- This is the first increase in two years. Before that, the rates had not increased for 10 years.
How does Homestead’s rate compare to other cities?
- Homestead has the lowest rate out of all communities in Broward & Miami-Dade Counties.
Who manages Homestead’s water supply?
- The South Florida Water Management District is tasked with managing and preserving water resources from Orlando to the Florida Keys. Every public and private water utility, including HPS Water, is required to obtain a Water Use Permit and adhere to the conditions of operations set out by the District, which include daily limits to how much water the utility can use.
Where does Homestead’s water come from?
- Homestead pumps most of its water from the Biscayne Aquifer, a groundwater deposit located just below the surface of the land in South Florida. When Homestead reaches the daily limit to water it is allowed to pump out of the Aquifer, Homestead then has to buy water from Miami-Dade County to meet customer demand.
What is the Biscayne Aquifer?
- The Biscayne Aquifer is made out of porous rock with tiny cracks and holes. Water then seeps in and fills these tiny cracks and holes. It is very close to the surface.
- Because this drinking water supply is so close to the surface, it is especially prone to contamination. Typically an underground water system can cleanse itself of low levels of contaminants through natural dilution or natural filtration.
How reliable is the Biscayne Aquifer as a water supply?
- The Biscayne Aquifer’s unique physical characteristics make natural dilution and natural filtration cleaning systems not entirely reliable. This, compounded by the fact that millions of gallons of water are pumped out of the ground each day, contributes to regional vulnerability for the groundwater supply. This makes water conservation extremely important.