- Public Works Department
- Water Resources
Serving Palm Beach
The Water Resources Division is proud to serve the residents and businesses of the Town of Palm Beach for their sanitary and storm water needs. The division exists to protect the health, safety, and property of residents and businesses by effectively operating and maintaining the storm water and sanitary sewer systems.
Pumping & Collection Stations
The Water Resources Division operates and maintains more than 40 sanitary sewer pumping stations and 13 storm water pumping stations of various types and capacities. We also maintain more than 70 miles of the mainline collection system with thousands of manholes and storm water catch basins.
Here in Palm Beach, we experience approximately 62-inches of average annual rainfall with some storms producing as much as 17 inches of rain in a single day, as was the case for some communities in Palm Beach County during Tropical Storm Isaac in August, 2012. Managing the infrastructure that conveys all that water so we can reduce the risk of widespread flooding is both challenging and rewarding.
Some pump stations are capable of moving more than 100,000 gallons of water per minute. To put that number into perspective, it equates to filling the average-sized swimming pool in under 20 seconds. All of the storm water is pumped or gravity flows into the Lake Worth Lagoon, so it is extremely important that the Town and its citizens do everything possible to prevent pollutants from entering the collection system. For more information about how you can help, visit our Pollution Prevention & Dewatering page.
Sanitary Sewer System
The sanitary sewer system serves the more than 10,000 year-round and more than 25,000 seasonal residents as well as the many businesses and their employees that make up the islands’ population.
Treatment of Wastewater
The wastewater is collected through more than 41-miles of mainline sewer pipes of various sizes and transports it to the more than 40 pumping stations located on the island, where it is then pumped to a regional wastewater treatment facility in West Palm Beach. There it is treated and recharged back to the earth and in some cases reused for industrial cooling water.
All of these assets require daily maintenance and upkeep and your water resources personnel have made a long-term commitment to fulfilling those needs. These are just some of the ways that your storm and wastewater professionals preserve and protect you and the environment.