The City of Lakeland Water Utilities is under a legal mandate to upgrade, expand, operate, and maintain its sanitary sewer facilities to comply with state and federal regulations. It is a more expensive process to treat sewage waste than drinking water.
The operating cost of the sewer system is approximately $26.4 million a year. The sewer treatment process has mostly fixed costs that continue even though you may not use their portion of the service.
There are 182 Pump Stations and approximately 149 square miles of sewer use area with 331 miles of gravity sewer and 141 miles of force mains. The system’s renewal, replacement, and rehabilitation program is needed to keep systems operating reliably and to comply with regulations.
The City of Lakeland Water Utilities receives no revenue from ad valorem taxes, gasoline taxes, franchise fees, or any support from the County’s general fund. We receive revenue solely from services provided in the community.