Water Quality

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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, review 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.

In 2009, the Florida legislator recognized Best Management Practices (BMPs) for protection of water and made training mandatory for commercial fertilizer applicators. If you mow, prune, plant, weed, fertilize, water or take care of pest problems professionally then a good resource is the Best Management Practices for Protection of Water Resources by the Green Industries [PDF].

For more information about landscape best management practices, contact Broward County's Natural Resources Planning and Management Division at (954) 519-1270.  

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 (EPA) 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.  Download and read the program description.

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