On September 5, 2023, the City will hold a public hearing at 5:30 PM at City Hall Council Chambers located at 100 Civic Court, Homestead, Florida. At this public hearing, the City will consider two increases to the existing Water & Sewer Rates. The first is a 5.71% increase for the consumer price index adjustment (CPI), the second is a 6% increase that represents a pass-through increase to our customers as a result of Miami-Dade County Water And Sewer Department’s rate increase for water purchased by and wastewater treated for the utility (MDC PASS-THRU). Click here to view the rate table.
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.
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 the Biscayne aquifer is highly permeable and is at or near the land surface practically everywhere, it is readily susceptible to ground-water contamination. Because of the high permeability of the aquifer, most contaminants are rapidly flushed or naturally filtered.
How reliable is the Biscayne Aquifer as a water supply?
- The Biscayne aquifer is the most intensely used water source in Florida, supplying water for over 5 million residents in Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe and the Palm Beach counties. This makes water conservation extremely important.