No rate hike needed for new Seacoast well in Palm Beach Gardens


The water utility serving four municipalities and some unincorporated parts of Palm Beach County is spending about $1.6 million to drill a new well and connect it to the main treatment plant.

The new Seacoast Utility Authority well on the east side of Military Trail between The Isles and Miramar Townhomes should be online by October, said Rim Bishop, the authority’s executive director.

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The cost of the new well is built into the existing rate structure, so the project won’t require an increase to pay for it, he said.

The five-member Seacoast board awarded a $678,977 construction contract for the well to Jupiter-based All Webb’s Enterprises in January. Officials awarded a $898,000 contract for the wellhead and raw water main to West Palm Beach-based Florida Drilling in April.

Seacoast serves more than 50,000 households in Lake Park, North Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, the south end of Juno Beach and unincorporated pockets near there.

The new Floridan aquifer well 1,200 feet deep will supplement three similar wells that are in use at the main, 40-acre water treatment plant on Hood Road. Floridan aquifer wells work best when they’re at least 1,500 feet apart.

The ones at the plant on Hood Road barely meet that standard, Bishop said. The new well will extend the existing wells’ useful life. If properly constructed and maintained, Floridan aquifer wells can last 30 years.


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