Public Works Department - Water and Sewer
NORTH MIAMI'S WATER AND SEWER UTILITY CUSTOMERS - SPECIAL NOTICE OF WATER RATE INCREASE -The City of North Miami’s Water and Sewer Utility recently implemented a new consumption based rate structure (Resolution No. R-2012-52.) This rate structure will effect an increase of 2% for water and 16.1% for sewer charges in Fiscal Year 2012-2013, which begins October 1, 2012. The new rate structure replaces the previous rate structure, which was based on an annual inflationary increase. The North Miami Water and Sewer Utility’s Consumptive Use Permit (13-00059-W) issued in August 2010, required the adoption of a consumption based rate structure as one of the conditions of issuance.
The rate increases and assessments described herein were considered by the City Council at the public hearing held on April 10, 2012. Notices of both hearings were published on all customer utility bills. The rate study and tables are available here.
Inside City residents will have a reduction of $4.80 per month on their sanitation charge.
About the New Water and Sewer Utility Rates
New Utility Rate Structure
The adoption of the new consumption-based rate structure for North Miami’s water and sewer utility replaces the previous Consumer Price Index (CPI)-based rate structure, which allowed for annual increases due to inflation. This new structure will have an effect on all utility customers. The effect will vary, based upon the amount of water you consume at your home or business.
Under the new tiered rate structure, you will be charged for usage in incremental units every three months: up to 5,000 gallons, up to 12,000 gallons and up to 20,000 gallons, etc. The less water you use, the lower your quarterly bill will be.
Why is this necessary?
Water and Wastewater utilities across the nation are facing serious challenges posed by a number of factors: an aging infrastructure and the increasing cost to maintain it; an increased population to provide potable water to; and strict requirements imposed by regulatory agencies to conserve water. In order for the City of North Miami Water Utility to comply with the Consumptive Use Permit issued by South Florida Water Management District and the EPA’s sewer system infrastructure handbook requirements, a utility rate study was done to evaluate the utility’s overall cost to operate and recommend appropriate charges for utility customers.
The Consumptive Use Permit (13-00059-W) issued in August 2010, requires the North Miami Water Utility to implement a tired water conservation rate structure as one of the conditions of issuance. If the City of North Miami does not adopt such a rate structure, the water utility could ultimately be shut down.
Background on the Rate Study
In 2011, the City of North Miami hired a consultant, Black & Veatch, to conduct an extensive rate study for the City’s water and sewer utility to meet operational demands through September 2016. The study was used to develop rates that recover operating and capital improvement requirements, promote the efficient use of water resources, and address issues of equitability and affordability for customers served by the City. Water utility customers that do not live within North Miami City limits will continue to pay the 25 percent surcharge. Prior to this study, the last comprehensive rate study conducted by the city of North Miami was done over 20 years ago.
The last major modification to the rate structure was done in 2008 with the addition to Capital Improvement fees for Water and Sewer. The projects that were covered under these fees are now built into the new rate structure; such projects include the rehabilitation of the City’s single water plant, Winson Water Plant at Sunkist Grove, rehabilitation of the Sanitary Sewer system and a renewal and replacement program.
The new rate structure recommended by the Black & Veatch study was adopted by resolution at the Council meeting on April 10, 2012. Florida Statute 367.081 requires that the City’s ordinance referring to the utility rates (Chapter 19 - Utilities) be amended, which requires two public hearings, held on April 10th and April 24, 2012. Click here to download the Black & Veatch Study.
Sample Utility Bills
Provided below are bill comparisons for sample utility bills in different customer categories.
North Miami Residential Household - New Rate Structure / Old Rate StructureBased on a 3/4'' meter with up to 15,000 gallons of water consumed in three months.
||How is this calculated?
|Base meter rate – water (3/4)"
||Fixed cost per meter size
||$11.40/month x 3 months
|Base meter rate - sewer
|County service fee
- North Miami Multi-Family Household Unit Account - New Rate Structure / Old Rate Structure
- North Miami Commercial Account - New Rate Structure / Old Rate Structure
- Non-Resident Water Customer - New Rate Structure / Old Rate Structure
All City services -- water, sewer, storm water, garbage and recycling are charged on one utility bill. For customers billed quarterly, water meters are read approximately every ninety (90)days. Your utility bill reflects services for the previous time period and is due upon receipt. You will receive your bill approximately the same time each billing cycle.
If you do not receive your utility bill, or you have a question concerning it for information on how to start or discontinue these services or if you're constructing or renovating a building for residential or business use and need to make a new connection, or increase service to the City Water or Sewer System please call Utility Billing Customer Service at 305.895.9880.
It is recommended that customers give the City notice at least two business days in advance for any service needs. If you are moving, it is important to maintain access to your meters for any accurate final reading. It is also important that you provide a forwarding address for the final bill.
If you get an unusually high water bill, and you want to know why, there are a few things you should do before calling the City.
Check your water meter for movement on the dial. If all the faucets are shut off and it is spinning, chances are there is a leak somewhere.
Look for running toilets, leaky faucets and fixtures, or leaking sprinkler systems.
Water saving tips
Water Quality Safety
Good water quality is important in North Miami. To protect it, the City requires backflow prevention devices. They keep unsafe water from mixing with the potable water supply. Backflow prevention devices must be installed on all commercial and multifamily residential structures, as well as residential irrigation systems, fire sprinkler systems, and other systems where drinking water could become contaminated.
Water Line Leaks
Water is a valuable natural resource that should not be wasted. Everyone can do their part to make sure that water is not lost by leaks in the pipes. The Public Works Department has a program that inspects the water lines within the public rights-of-way throughout the year.
If you notice a puddle of water in the public right-of-way, that seems to never go away; or experience low water pressure, please notify the Water and Sewer Division at 305.895.9838 to request an inspection. If you notice a puddle of water on your private property, please contact your plumber.
Water and Sewer Repairs
If you are having a toilet backup or if your residential or commercial backflow device is leaking, you should call the Public Works Department Water & Sewer Division at 305.895.9838. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For emergencies after hours and or on weekends, you will need to call 305.953.2854.
The City will repair all leaks occurring between the meter and the street. Any leaks or repairs required beyond the meter, including the service line to the house, are the responsibility of the property owner.
The Public Works Sewer Maintenance Division maintains sanitary sewerlines for both residential and commercial properties. Residents are urged to refrain from disposing cooking grease and large objects into the sewer system. Should you have a blockage, experience sluggish drains in your house or business or notice an overflow in front of your property call the Public Works Department Water & Sewer Division at 305.895.9838.
If your sewer backs up after 4:00 p.m.Monday through Friday, or on weekends, call 305.953.2854. (Winsor Water Treatment Plant)
Utilities - Locating Before You Dig
WARNING: Before you dig on your property where utilities such as electric, water, telephone, and natural gas lines are buried, Florida State law requires that you notify Sunshine One Call BEFORE you begin any underground digging. Sunshine One Call will notify the various utility companies of your pending request. The utilities companies will locate their buried utilities within two (2) days of your call. This law protects you from possible serious injury and from liability in the event you damage any underground utilities.
The number for Sunshine One Call is 1.800.432.4770.
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