The Utilities Department includes Wastewater, Stormwater,
Solid Waste and Code Enforcement functions. The Utilities Director
is responsible for annual rate studies for Sewer (prepared by consultant)
and Solid Waste (prepared by E. David Fernandez). The rate studies
and budgets are traditionally presented to the City Commission in
late August. The Solid Waste Rate Study includes an annual cost-benefit
analysis on the Waste-to-Energy facility. The Utilities Department
administration includes the Utilities Director and Administrative
Assistants and Code Enforcement Officer located at 5701 West College
Road, Key West, Florida.
Available to property owners only. Separate form for each
property location required. Submit completed form along with
a voided check. Will take approximately 1 month from receipt
to go into effect. Must submit payments until bill states
“Bank Draft Do Not Pay”.
Form must be completed, signed, notarized and returned to Customer
Service along with proof of income. Must meet age/and or
disability and income requirements. Discount available to
full time residents and only on their primary home.
Sewer Treatment Plant
Form Gives customer a one time credit for water leaks or
filling of swimming pools. Must complete form and return to Customer
Services. Credit is available only once in a 12 month period.
The sewer treatment plant and sewer collection system operation
& maintenance is contracted to Operations Management International,
Inc. (OMI). OMI employs 25 people at its Key West facility, which
functions much like a City department. Wastewater is treated and
pumped out into the ocean through an outfall dating back to 1954.
The treatment plant was constructed in 1989 and was designed and
permitted to process sewage at a rate of 10 million gallons per
Currently, average flows are approximately 4 MGD, a reduction
from 8 MGD two years ago. This reduction in flow indicates the
success of the $56 million collection system rehabilitation. Seawater
inflow that previously entered the system and had to be unnecessarily
pumped to the plant no longer occurs.
The City has spent more than $67 million over the past 3 years
on sewer capital improvements to rebuild the collection system,
replace the ocean outfall with a Class I Deep Injection Well, and
upgrade the current Sewer Treatment Plant to an Advanced Wastewater
Treatment (AWT) facility.
The current stormwater management system is made up of a
patchwork of mini collection systems constructed over 30 years ago.
Much of the system was constructed using substandard materials and
design. In addition, historically, the system had never been properly
cleaned or maintained. Water quality and flooding problems emerged
over the years as a result of the inadequate, improperly maintained,
and deteriorating system. Beach closures, flood damage, and impassable
roadways after rain events are evidence that the system needs to
To improve stormwater management, the City hired OMI in FY 1995
to perform cleaning and spot repair. The operating budget is $193,977
FY 2001. The entire collection system is cleaned 2.5 times per
year with hotspots being handled more frequently.
In addition, a stormwater capital plan has been developed to
prevent flooding, divert stormwater flow from outfalls, and reduce/eliminate
discharge of pollutants and contamination of near shore waters.
The plan provides for a more comprehensive management system and
includes installation of five pump-assist injection wells, elimination
and/or retrofit of 63 outfalls, installation of 293 injection wells
and retrofit of existing injection wells. Vertical french drains
have already been designed and installed addressing small areas
of standing water in an affordable, cost effective way.