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The Utilities Department obtains its water supply from groundwater wells that draw from the Biscayne Aquifer. In order to provide its customers with water that is clean and safe, the City's water treatment facilities utilize several processes, such as lime softening, membrane filtration, chlorination and fluoridation. The City routinely monitors its drinking water for compliance with Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Safe Drinking Water Act and other state and local water quality standards.

Each year, the City issues a drinking water quality report to keep its customers informed, and to demonstrate its compliance with EPA standards.

For information regarding water quality in your City of Sunrise service area, please refer to the water quality reports provided below, or contact the Utilities Department at (954) 888-6000. To determine your service area, click here for a link to the Service Area Map [PDF]

Fertilizer Guidelines
Improper lawn fertilization can negatively impact our environment, as well as our water quality. If we apply too much fertilizer, it can wash off our lawns and into our waterways -causing nuisance plants to grow, and harming fish and animals. So before you buy that bag of fertilizer, consider the following misconceptions:

Misconception: The higher the three numbers on the front of the bag, the better the fertilizer is for the lawn.
Reality: The three numbers on the front of each bag of fertilizer represent its nutrient concentration in percentile form. That means a bag of fertilizer labeled 20-5-25 contains 20% nitrogen, 5% phosphorus and 25% potassium. (The rest of the bag may contain some minor nutrients and filler material.)
Excessive nutrients have been shown to cause numerous water quality problems in our canals and ponds - problems that may ultimately find their way to the Everglades and ocean reefs. Since phosphorus is found naturally in South Florida soils, your lawn doesn't require additional amounts for growth. So select a bag of fertilizer with a middle number (its phosphorus concentration) of 2 or less.

Misconception: I should fertilize my lawn once per month.
Reality: Lawns should be fertilized only as needed. Also, you should never apply fertilizer before a major rain event: the precipitation will wash the fertilizer past the root zone before the grass can absorb it. The most effective time to fertilize the lawn is prior to our rainy season - which runs from June to November. March is ideal for fertilization because it's the start of the growing season; October is also a good choice, as it allows for proper nutrition during our dry season.

For more information about landscape best management practices, contact Broward County's Natural Resources Planning and Management Division at (954) 519-1222.

Sunrise Water System Lead and Copper Testing Program
As of March 8, 2011, the City Commission approved the Sunrise Water System Lead and Copper Testing Program.

In compliance with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Lead and Copper Rule all public water systems are required to conduct tap water monitoring for lead and copper.  While the water leaving the City's treatment plants has no detectable level of lead, of concern to the EPA is the possibility of lead leaching from solder material used to join copper pipes in indoor plumbing, a construction method that was widely used in South Florida during the period from 1983 to June 1988.
Therefore, the Utilities Department has created the Sunrise Water System Lead and Copper Testing Program to formalize a methodology and procedure for the selection of participants and collection of samples.  The Program provides incentives for utility customers to participate through credits applied to customer accounts and is applicable only to residential single family properties.  Click here to view the program description.

Sunrise to Temporarily Change Water Chlorination
Utilities Department will use free chlorine from November 16 through December 7, 2015

The City of Sunrise maintains the highest quality standards to provide clean, safe drinking water to our Utilities Department customers, which include the cities of Sunrise, Weston, Southwest Ranches and parts of Davie. From November 16 through December 7, the Utilities Department will use free chlorine in its drinking water treatment system to provide additional protection against bacteria.

This temporary treatment of the water system is a common practice for water suppliers that use a chlorine (chloramine) water treatment method. This periodic program is recommended by the Florida Department of Health.

The procedure does not cause any adverse health effects. However, some individuals may notice a slight change in the taste, odor or color of the water during this time.

Special Considerations Regarding Chlorination
Kidney dialysis centers, nephrologists and hospitals have been notified in order for them to make any adjustments necessary in the various processes which they operate. Any questions regarding kidney dialysis should be directed to the user's doctor or dialysis specialist.

Some aquatic and marine animal species are sensitive to free chlorine; persons maintaining aquariums with any sensitive species may wish to contact their pet supply stores regarding dechlorination.

Information about drinking water and health is available on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Web site (, and through the Safe Drinking Water Hotline: 1-800-426-4791. For details regarding the City of Sunrise's treatment system, please contact the Utilities Department at (954) 888-6000.

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