Following are the definitions and assumptions used in the rate schedule. For further details on each of these items, please refer to the District’s Operating Policies and Procedures (2011). The definitions included below are summarized for your convenience.
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Base Facility Charges: Item F on the rate schedule. These are the fixed charges on your utility bill for water, sewer and reuse.
BFG: “base facility gallonage” charge which equals your gpd (gallons per day) times 30.43 days. This is based on an industry standard of 280 gpd for single-family homes and 200 gpd for multi-family (apartments, townhomes and condominiums). On a monthly basis, BFG numbers equal 8,500 gallons for single-family homes and 6,000 for multi family. Commercial users also have a BFG based upon an industry standard (in gpd) for their product usage type and are calculated on an individual basis.
Capacity Reservation Fee: Item C on the rate schedule. The purpose is to reserve capacity on the utility system. This fee is charged from the time a commercial developer submits a request for water utility service (usually the date of ownership of the property) until the time that connection fees are paid. Once connection fees are paid, capacity reservation fees cease and base facility charges are billed.
Connection Charges: Item D on the rate schedule. These charges include water meter and installation costs, fees for connection to the system, applicable review charges and administrative fees, as well as a deposit that is held on the account. For residential home owners, these fees were paid when the builder purchased the lot from The Celebration Company. The connection fee is a one-time charge for each lot.
District Documents: Item A on the rate schedule. All developers are encouraged to read the appropriate manuals regarding the District’s utility systems. Items 1, 2 and 5 are included on this website for reference. If the District provides copies of those documents, there is an associated fee for copying and binding. For residential home owners, the one that probably interests you the most is the Operating Policies and Procedures, which describes how the District’s utility system is operated and managed. All of these documents are available on the website under Utility Manuals.
gpd: “gallons per day”
Engineering Review Fees: Item K on the rate schedule. These fees are added to the overall connection fee charges for review and are primarily for developers and builders who purchase a platted lot from the master developer. The District’s engineer is Atkins (formerly PBS&J), and they perform all the application reviews for each project requesting water utility services at the stated rates.
Miscellaneous Fees and Charges: Item L on the rate schedule. For customers who have their service disconnected, there is a $15 reconnection fee. Any returned checks are charged a $20 fee on the next utility bill. There is also a non-refundable application fee, as specified, for both residential and non-residential customers.
Security Deposits: Item J on the rate schedule. Every account is charged a deposit which is either (1) three times the average monthly charges for potable water, sewer and reuse (average determined over a 12-month period) or (2) at locations where service has not been rendered for 12 months, three times the estimated average monthly charges, based on the size and consumption of comparable properties.
Service Request Application Fees: Item B on the rate schedule. These are flat fees for review of every application for utility service. This is a one-time fee related to the connection fee and initial utility review for the project.
Stand-by Charges–Delinquent Connection Charges: Item E on the rate schedule. Commercial developers are given a six-month timeframe in order to pay their connection charges from the date they apply for service. If the connection charges are not paid by that date, then stand-by charges begin to accrue and continue until the connection charges are paid in full.
User Fees: Item G on the rate schedule. These are the usage fees based on the meter readings for water, sewer (wastewater) and reuse. Because the District’s Board of Supervisors and other Florida governmental agencies are strongly encouraging water conservation, these fees are a tiered structure. Normal usage below your BFG will result in paying the lower rate on the tier. Usage over your BFG results in the first portion (up to the BFG amount) at the low rate and the excess (amount over BFG) paid at the higher rate.