Steven L. Abrams
Mary Lou Berger
"An equal opportunity
“Best Water, Best Service & Best Environmental Stewardship.” This is the mission statement of the County’s Water Utilities Department (WUD). How is WUD doing in fulfilling this mission?
Best Water - At a recent Board of County Commissioners meeting, officials with the American Water Works Association (AWWA) recognized the county’s water plant at Sandalfoot Cove as the best water plant of its size in Florida. The Sandalfoot Cove plant, operated by the Water Utilities Department (WUD), provides drinking water to West Boca and southwestern Delray Beach. The AWWA Outstanding Class A Water Treatment Plant Award means the plant consistently produces high quality drinking water and is well operated and maintained.
Best Service – WUD’s customer service (561-740-4600 (Delray/Boca 561-278-5135) and Emergency Service (561-740-4600, option 3 provide answers and help when needed. WUD delivers and connects generators to service the lift stations after a hurricane. There are a number of Homeowners Associations who have bought generators through the County that will service the lift stations within their communities. The agreement does stipulate that if a hurricane has not affected the community, the generator(s) will be moved to areas in the County that were damaged. If your community would like more information, please contact my office.
Best Environmental Stewardship - WUD also oversees the Wakodahatchee and Green Cay Wetlands. If you haven’t visited these two gems featuring interesting wildlife and peaceful views, I highly encourage you to do so.
Wakodahatchee is located at 13026 Jog Road in Delray Beach. Every day the WUD's Southern Region Water Reclamation Facility pumps approximately two million gallons of highly treated water into these wetlands. By acting as a natural filter for the nutrients that remain, the wetlands work to further cleanse the water. The wetlands are open to the general public from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., seven days a week.
Green Cay Wetlands and Nature Center are located at 12800 Hagen Ranch Road, which is in suburban Boynton Beach on the east side of Hagen Ranch Road, between Boynton Beach Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue. The wetland features 1.5 miles of elevated boardwalk featuring interpretive signs about the habitat. The Nature Center includes a lecture hall, gift shop, and live animals in an extensive exhibit room that highlights wetland attributes. The wetland boardwalk is open to the general public from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week.
As always, I invite your comments on any issue of interest to you. As your Commissioner, I am here to help you. You may write me at 301 N. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach, 33401 or call my staff at 276-1310 or toll free at 877-930-2205. My email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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