The 2020 Florida Water and Wastewater Rate Survey (2020 Survey) is developed to provide insight into water and wastewater pricing practices currently utilized by publicly owned utilities in the State of Florida. This survey was first conducted in 2012 and was limited to only residential potable water rates. The 2014 Survey, 2016 Survey, 2018 Survey, and this year’s 2020 Survey include both residential water and wastewater rates.
The goal of this survey is focused on typical residential potable water/wastewater bills and rate structures for over 220 Florida public utilities. The respondents include small utilities serving a population less than 5,000 to the largest utilities in Florida with service populations of more than 1 million. The survey results included in the table at the end of this document are sorted alphabetically by county and thereafter listed by the city or utility name.
The rates shown are exclusive of utility taxes or outside-city rates for those jurisdictions that have such charges. Following this introduction is a discussion on why water rates differ together with a narrative summarizing the survey results. Also included are statistics such as the gallons included in the first usage block, revenue recovery from fixed charges, minimum water bill levels, and other information. The survey table at the end of this document includes information related to water management district, residential monthly minimum water and sewer bill amounts, and bill amounts for usage at 4,000 and 8,000 gallons.