Utilities

Water and Other Utility Service Information   

New residents may establish accounts at the Town Hall for water, sewer, stormwater, and solid waste services. The customer must provide a deposit (refundable upon termination of service after all outstanding amounts have been paid) the amount of which is calculated as follows:

Sewer Deposit: $50 per toilet
Water Deposit: Last three months’ usage
Solid Waste: Two months’ service

Water rates are $4.28 per thousand gallons, with a monthly minimum charge of $19.93. Sewer service is provided for a monthly fee as follows:

Residential Users:

Sewage charges shall be based upon water usage (excluding water usage through meters used exclusively for irrigation) at a rate of $7.11 per thousand gallons. In addition, there shall be a monthly base charge of $18.70 per living unit regardless of usage

Non-residential users:

Sewage charges shall be based upon water usage (excluding water usage through meters used exclusively for irrigation) at a rate of $7.11 per thousand gallons. In addition, there shall be a monthly base charge regardless of usage depending upon the size of the water meter as follows:

Water Meter Size Monthly Base Charge

1" $ 77.85
1.5" $155.69
2" $249.12
3" $467.03

Stormwater fees for single family residences are $5.00 per month.Solid waste pickup is provided for monthly charges of $22.80 for single families and duplexes, $19.90 for rental aparment buildings with three or more units, $16.75 for condominiums or co-op buildings with three or more units.  Commercial charges are based on number and size of container and frequency of pick-up.

Vacant Land (new construction) users:  The customer must provide a deposit (refundable upon termination of service after all outstanding amounts have been paid) for water service to a construction site in the amount of $300.00 (three hundred dollars).

Click here for information on garbage and recycling pick-up.  

1996 Safe Drinking Water Act 

The Town of Bay Harbor Islands Water Department is required, as part of the 1996 Safe Drinking Water Act, to provide information to the consumer regarding the quality of water delivered.

The Town of Bay Harbor Islands purchases 100% of its water from Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD).  The Town receives this water through a 30" transmission line that comes from North Miami across the Causeway and along Kane Concourse.  The main then continues east to serve Bal Harbour, Indian Creek, and Surfside.

Click on this link for the 2015 Water Quality Report from WASD, which gives facts, figures, and information about Miami-Dade’s water. In the table, you will find abbreviations which are defined in as follows:

(ppb) = parts per billion

(ppm) =parts per million

(MCL) = Maximum Contaminant Level

The water supplied by WASD and the Town does not contain lead.  However, lead may enter the tap water through corrosion of plumbing materials. Homes built before 1986 are more likely to have lead pipes, fixtures and solder. If you are concerned about elevated levels in your home, you may wish to flush the tap for 30 to 60 seconds before using the water.  This process is only necessary if the water has stood motionless in the tap for 6 hours or more.

The Town produces a brochure entitled “Lead and Your Family’s Health”, click here if you would like a copy.

In accordance with Federal and State regulations, the Town of Bay Harbor Islands is required to perform additional testing to monitor for total coliform bacteria, total trihalomethanes, and total haloacetic acids in your drinking water. For the complete results of all tests performed by the Town in 2015, in regards to your water quality, please click here.

The following table summarizes the results of these additional tests performed by the Town during 2014.

 

Contaminant and Unit of Measure

Federal MCL

Federal Goal

State MCL

Violations

Y-Yes

N-No

Year

Level Detected

Sources

Total Coliform Bacteria

0

0

0

N

2015

0%

 

Naturally Present

in the Environment

Total Trihalomethanes (ppb)

80 ppb

80      ppb

80 ppb

N

2015

30.57 ppb

 

Florida Spectrum Environment

Haloacetic Acids (ppb)

60 ppb

60     ppb

60 ppb

N

2015

 53.93 ppb

Florida Spectrum Environment

 

All drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least a small amount of some contaminants.  The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that the water poses a health risk.  More information about contaminants and potential heath effects is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791 or at www.epa.gov/safewater/lead.

If you have any questions about water safety should be directed to the numbers provided on the WASA brochure.  Any specific questions about Bay Harbor Islands water should be directed to the Water Department at Town Hall at 305-866-6241.

 

STAFF CONTACT INFORMATION:

Alan Short, Finance Director, ashort@bayharborislands-fl.gov

Diatrice "Dee" Chestnut, Billing Clerk (Water), dchestnut@bayharborislands-fl.gov