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Margate residents may notice DEES Utility crew activity around their water meter boxes and up to the house. Our crews are conducting a survey to identify the materials of all water service lines, as required by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency.
In December 2021, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revised a Lead and Copper Rule requiring all public utilities to develop a comprehensive water supply line inventory. All Water Utilities are required to review their entire system and identify the service lines constructed material for all properties – both the utility-owned service lines (from the water main to the water meter) as well as privately-owned lines (from water meter to the shut-off valve) by October 2024.
This ongoing survey project will provide better documentation of all systems in place, provide more information to the public and more efficiently plan for replacements, where needed.
To comply with this new federal regulation and meet all deadlines, the Department of Environmental & Engineering Services (DEES) utility service crews will continue to collect data within the entire service area, including the City of Margate and a portion of Coconut Creek that the City services. Data collection methods include visual verification of pipe material through service line inspections at the house valve or entry point, meter box inspections, or potholing on both sides of the meter box. Please note that these methods do not require any water service interruptions and will not affect any property’s landscaping, sidewalks, or driveways.
For more information, please call the Department of Environmental & Engineering Services (DEES) at 954-972-0828.
Thank you for your cooperation in helping us to keep the City of Margate Utilities in compliance.