Water Utility Policy

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Adopted 08/21/2019




I. Purpose

To create a systematic procedure for Indian Trail Improvement District Residents to apply for installation of Palm Beach County Water Utility Service within the jurisdictional boundaries of Indian Trail Improvement District (District) for road segments directly off PBCWUD water transmission lines.

II. Procedures

Petition Process

Property Owners can initiate a petition process through a non-binding Initial Petition filed with the District. In the case of a Home Owners Association, an official letter filed with the District will suffice. The petition form shall include:

  1. a description of the proposed improvement;

  2. a statement from the petitioners requesting that the improvement be constructed;

  3. the name, mailing address, property control number and original signature of each property owner supporting the service installation;

  4. a statement recognizing that the Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department (PBCWUD) and the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) will make the determination of special assessments at a public hearing;

  5. a statement that the petitioners agree to be assessed by PBCWUD/BCC for the actual costs of construction of the improvements, including, but not limited to, other allowable incidental costs as follows:

    Special Assessment: included on the annual tax notice/property tax bill from the County for design, permitting, and construction, administration, and contingency costs related to the installation of water mains, fire hydrants, and restoration.

  6. Service Initiation Fees:  The Service Initiation Fee can be a one-time expense or can be paid as part of the monthly water bill over 20 years at 5 ½% interest or less (term and rate determined by the County).  Note:  the County has allocated $500,000 to provide financial support for up to 10% of the total costs for future assessments within the District’s boundaries, per the Settlement Agreement.

    Plumbing Cost:  the homeowner installs the appropriate plumbing from the meter box to the house.  The Plumbing Cost is the responsibility of the homeowner.

    Monthly water bill or water usage fee from the PBCWUD:  This is billed on a monthly basis to the homeowner.

    confirmation from PBCWUD that said Petitioner’s request for water utilities service is acceptable.           

    The petitioning process is solely used to gauge the interest of Property Owners in receiving potable water service. Prior to consideration by the District Board of Supervisors, the District shall:

    Send one (1) information letter by certified mail to each property owner in the proposed Special Assessment Area.



    The completed petition will be included in a District Board Agenda for consideration by the Board of Supervisors no earlier than thirty (30) days following the District’s issuance of the information letter as outlined the petition process above. Provided that a 50+1% majority of the property owners for the specific project area, which is limited to approximately one quarter mile road section contiguous to a PBCWUD water service line, are in support of the requested improvement as indicated by their signature on the petition, the petition will be recommended for approval by the District Board of Supervisors.  Said approval shall include approval of the Special Permit required to be issued to PBCWUD subject to engineering and legal review, as outlined subsequently.





    Property Owners must pay the following fees before ITID will initiate the water petition process. The Administrative Fee is the amount that it costs to process the application through ITID. The Professional Services Reimbursement Fee is a deposit that covers any costs associated with Engineering and/or Legal fees that may be incurred by ITID during the initial process to prepare it for final submittal to PBCWUD. Any funds that were not used to cover associated professional services will be returned to the applicant.

    In the case that there are additional professional services requirements that exceed the Professional Reimbursement Fee of $1,000, then the District shall invoice the petitioner for the additional charges.



    Fee Amount

    Administrative Fee


    Professional Services Reimbursement Fee*

    Up to $1,000

    *The Professional Services Reimbursement Fee is a deposit. Any unused funds will be returned.



    Approved by the Indian Trail Improvement District Board of Supervisors at the 2/09/11 Regular BOS Meeting. Revised by the Indian Trail Improvement District Board of Supervisors at the 12/12/2012 Regular BOS Meeting. Revised by Indian Trail Improvement District Board of Supervisors at the 01/21/2015 Regular BOS Meeting. Revised by Indian Trail Improvement District Board of Supervisors at the 08/21/2019 Regular BOS Meeting.

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