What Water Conservation Means to the City of Margate
Water is a precious but limited resource that is necessary to sustain ourselves, our environment, and our economy. From domestic to electricity generation to recreation to food production and manufacturing, water is used in all aspects of our lives. With a growing population and a changing pattern of rainfall, it is important that we are prudent in using our existing water supply. Conserving water is not only good for the environment, but also our bank accounts. Conserving water helps reduce water bills and is often the most cost-effective way to ensure an adequate water supply. Water conservation can also minimize or defer costly infrastructure projects like treatment plant expansion or utilizing alternative sources of water. Through water conservation, we can help ensure that there continues to be an adequate supply of affordable water for generations to come.
Biggest Achievement of 2016
The City of Margate Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) utilizes Rotating Biological Contactors (RBCs) to treat wastewater, and is a critical unit process in the WWTP which allows the City to meet the plant operating permit requirements. The process requires daily flushing with large volumes of water to remove growth attached to the RBCs. In an effort to reduce the use of potable water for this treatment process, the City amended its WWTP operating permit with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to allow the City to reuse the treated effluent from the WWTP for flushing instead of potable water. This change has allowed the City to eliminate 15-20 million gallons of potable water use each month in the WWTP as process water, and reserve the additional potable water capacity for other uses throughout the City.
Free Devices & Rebates
In an effort to save water, money and the environment, the City of Margate provides free, high-efficiency water faucet aerators and showerheads to qualifying residential customers. You can pick up your water-conserving devices Monday through Thursday between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the Department of Environmental & Engineering Services Administration Building located at 901 NW 66th Avenue. If you have any questions or need more information, please call Aaron Tauber at (954) 972-0828.
The City also offers residents a $100 rebate to replace old, high-flow toilets that use more than 1.6 gallons per flush with new, WaterSense® certified high-efficiency models. If your toilets were installed before 1994, you may be eligible. Apply for your rebate today.