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Bay Laurel Center Community Development District in Ocala, FL
Bay Laurel Center Community Development District FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why can’t we use reclaimed water for irrigating our lawns and landscaping?
Why doesn’t Bay Laurel Center CDD install separate irrigation meters?
Who regulates Bay Laurel Center Community Development District?
Why use the inverted block rate structure?
Why do you cap the Wastewater use at 5,000 gallons?

Why can’t we use reclaimed water for irrigating our lawns and landscaping?
The introduction of reclaimed (or re-use) water for irrigation into existing neighborhoods would involve substantial disruption of existing roadways, irrigation lines, landscaping, etc., in conjunction with the installation of the re-use water system. The additional site work required to add reclaimed water to an established neighborhood renders this consideration cost prohibitive.

The potential for reclaimed water availability in future developments has not been discounted.

Why doesn’t Bay Laurel Center CDD install separate irrigation meters?
The installation of separate irrigation meters would incur an additional fee to each homeowner for meter installation costs and base facility charges. The installation of a separate irrigation meter would not be cost effective, as residential and irrigation water usage would then be calculated through two meters, with associated fees for both, as opposed to one meter and one meter charge.

Who regulates Bay Laurel Center Community Development District?
Bay Laurel Center CDD complies with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Southwest Florida Water Management District rules. Bay Laurel Center CDD is not monitored by the Public Service Commission.

Why use the inverted block rate structure?
All water conservation begins with the consumer. Water conservation is seen as the most important action consumers can take to sustain our water supplies, meet future needs and reduce the demands on Florida’s fragile water-dependent ecosystem (FDEP 2008). One of the most effective ways to protect this valuable resource is having the cost of water reflect its value.

Based on a rate study conducted for BLCCDD, it was recommended that rates be implemented in blocks as shown below. These block rates are in conformity with the Water Managements requirement for conservation rates.

Gallons per month
Rate/1000 gallons (*effective as of 10/1/17)
0 – 7,500 $1.40
7,501 – 15,000 $2.45
15,001 – 20,000 $3.85
20,001 – 25,000 $5.24
25,001 – 30,000 $6.32
30,001+ $7.32

The inverted block rate structure is a proven economic incentive for water conservation through the levying of increased rates per additional units of water used above the average threshold. This progressive increase in rates serves as an incentive for consumers to use water more efficiently.

Why do you cap the Wastewater use at 5,000 gallons?
Rate studies are periodically conducted for the Bay Laurel Center CDD by utility consultants. Findings are presented to the District in reports and recommendations. As an industry standard, wastewater is not metered, therefore wastewater usage is capped at 5,000 gallons based on these recommendations.

Water restrictions mandated by Marion County