Why Jupiter residents may see an increase in their monthly water bills


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Jupiter water rate increased in the last two years

Jupiter Utilities customers would pay an additional annual $18

Water bills could increase about $18 annually for Jupiter Utilities customers starting Oct. 1.

If the Town Council approves the plan at tonight’s 7 p.m. council meeting, the average residential customer using about 10,000 gallons a month would pay an additional $14 annually. That’s about a dollar more than the current monthly rate.

The monthly stormwater utility fee would increase about $4 annually.

The rate increase will raise an additional annual $980,000, said Jupiter Utilities Director David Brown. The money will be used to maintain and reinvest in equipment.

“The increase allows us to continue to have a safe and reliable water system,” he added.

The meeting is at the Community Center while about $275,000 in improvements are made to the council chambers in Town Hall.

Jupiter Utilities rates were not increased from 2010-14. The annual water rates were increased in 2015 and 2016.

Jupiter Utilities serves about 88,000 customers in northern Palm Beach and southern Martin counties. The utility has a $28 million annual operating budget and employs about 73 full-time employees.

Rate increases for water have been approved in the past two years to keep pace with national boosts in cost, according to Brown.

Annual increases “reduce the potential for future large one-time rate hikes which customers typically find unacceptable,” according to the proposal.



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