In an effort to ensure transparency, the City of Riviera Beach created this web page to keep residents informed on the quality of the drinking water provided by the Utility District. The page will be updated regularly.
On April 21, 2016, it was reported that the Riviera Beach Utility District was not in compliance with regulatory requirements related to the drinking water it provides to its customers. There were instances, especially in areas of low water usage, where chlorine levels fell below federal and state guidelines. The Water Utility District failed to notify residents on a timely basis of these test results as required by the Florida Department of Health.
As part of immediate and corrective actions, the Utility District implemented a regular schedule of robust flushing of the water system to maintain adequate chlorine levels. In addition, several personnel changes were made, include re-assigning direct oversight over the water system. The Utility District also hired Bevin Beaudet, P.E. as a consultant. Mr. Beaudet is highly respected in the field of utilities and has provided the Utility District with various short and long term recommendations to ensure that the District meets all regulatory requirements. He will also review current operating policies and training procedures and make recommendations to city administrators on best practices for managing the safety of the water supply.
It is important to note that the water provided by the Riviera Beach Water Utility District is safe to drink. There is no evidence of lead, E.coli or other contaminants, and the levels of bacteria in the water never constituted an emergency.
While the Utility District works through the process to making changes to improve the water system and regain the trust of our citizens and customers, as a matter of public service and transparency, we have provided below a series of documents with information about water quality test results, agreements we’ve made to address previous issues, and background on the Utility District’s plan for infrastructure improvements. If you have questions, please contact Giles Rhoads, Assistant Executive Director of Utilities, 561-845-4185.
This link provides updated readings of chlorine levels from water samples taken from around Riviera Beach and the dates they were taken. The requirements are that chlorine levels remain above 0.6 mg/l in order to provide proper disinfection of any bacteria that might enter the system. When samples test below that requirement, the system is flushed to bring in fresh water, then retested. This chart shows chlorine readings and the date they were taken, whether system flushing was needed, and the chlorine levels after the system was flushed. View Water Test Results
This map shows the location of the 40 sampling points agreed to by the Utility District and the Palm Beach County Department of Health. View Service Area Map
After repeatedly failing to maintain required chlorine levels, the Utility Department entered in a Consent Order with the Florida Department of Health to be executed on June 20, 2016 (currently being negotiated/finalized). This Consent Order lists improvements the Utility Department must meet to bring the department into compliance with water quality guidelines. View Florida DOH Consent Order
The Consent Order with the Florida DEP came about after two events caused overflow of sewage due to broken pipes and an electrical feed disruption. These overflows are called SSOs (sanitary sewage overflows). The Consent Order requires the Utility District to develop prevention and response plans to minimize the frequency and impact of SSOs. It was signed on March 25, 2016. View DEP Consent Order
2016 Annual Water Quality Report
This is a legally-required document summarizing analytical results for the city’s drinking water during the calendar year 2015. This report contains results of analyses of hundreds of potential contaminants that are monitored quarterly, semi-annually or annually. If there has been a compliance issue during the past year, the corrective action taken by the department will be listed.
This is a legally-required document summarizing analytical results for the city’s drinking water during the calendar year 2015. This report contains results of analyses of hundreds of potential contaminants that are monitored quarterly, semi-annually or annually. If there has been a compliance issue during the past year, the corrective action taken by the department will be listed. View Water Quality Report
The Master Plan, completed in February, 2013, contained a thorough evaluation of all wells, water treatment and distribution equipment, wastewater collection and pumping facilities. Based on this assessment, specific capital projects were identified to improve the performance and efficiency of the Utility District. The projects listed are planned to be completed within the next five years. View Master Plan