The City of Margate owns and operates the water and the wastewater treatment system and serves residents and business located with the City’s geographical boundary and a portion of City of Coconut Creek. Click here for a map of the City’s service area. Below is a brief description of the City’s water and sewer facilities:
• Water Treatment Plant
The City of Margate owns and operates a 20-million gallon per day (mgd) water treatment plant located at 980 N.W. 66th Avenue in the City of Margate. Raw water is extracted from the City’s twelve (12) raw water wells and is pumped to the water plant for treatment. The treatment process consists of aeration to remove iron and carbon dioxide, lime softening to reduce hardness followed by granular media and activated carbon filtration, and chlorination for disinfection. Fluoride is also added for dental health. The treated water is pumped to three aboveground storage tanks with a total capacity of 6 million gallons and subsequently into your homes and businesses through a network of pipes. A backup generator assures uninterrupted supply of water even during power outages.
All of our water sources are permitted by the South Florida Water Management District and the treatment facility is permitted by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Broward County Department of Health.
• Wastewater Treatment Plant
The City of Margate owns and operates two separate but adjacently located facilities, the East and West plants, with a combined permitted capacity of 10.1 mgd. The East plant is a 2.2 mgd activated sludge treatment plant. The treatment at the West plant is provided using Rotating Biological Contactors (RBC’s) with a capacity of 7.9 mgd. As with the Water Treatment Plant, backup generators guarantee treatment of wastewater at both plants during power outages.
• Distribution/Collection System
The City of Margate Distribution/Collection System consists of water mains, force mains, gravity mains, lift stations, fire hydrants, valves, etc. The treated water at the water plant is distributed using the water mains in the distribution system to the residents and the businesses and the wastewater generated as a result of water use is collected and returned to the wastewater treatment plants using the gravity mains and the lift stations, for proper treatment and disposal.
• Water and Wastewater System Stats:
Treatment Plant Capacity (Water): 20 mgd
Treatment Plant Capacity (Wastewater): 10.1 mgd
Number of Raw Water Wells: 12
Water Storage Tank Capacity: 5.9 million gallons
Number of Fire Hydrants: 1,926
Length of Water Mains: 212 miles
Length of Gravity Mains: 146 miles
Length of Force Mains: 29 miles
Number of Lift Stations: 54
Number of Service Connections: 16,799
Residential = 14,864
Commercial = 1,935
Service Area Population (2010 Census): 58,312
For water and sewer rates, please click below:
Water and Sewer Rates
For questions on your water bill, please contact Utilities-Customer Service at City Hall.