Utilities Extension Project

400 Santa Barbara Blvd. Cape Coral, FL 33991
239.574.0558

You are here Home  UEP  FAQs  General FAQ's

  • UEP Completed


General Frequently Asked Questions

 

  • What does UEP stand for?

    UEP stands for Utilities Extension Project. UEP is an important utility improvement project that will provide City water, sewer and irrigation services to area neighborhoods.

  • What is the Utilities Extension Project?

    The Utilities Extension Project, known as the UEP, will provide City water, sewer and irrigation services in southwest Cape Coral. New lift stations (pump stations) will be added as part of the sewer upgrades. As part of the improvements, new roads and storm water drainage will be constructed in all areas of the UEP. 

  • Why is the UEP necessary?

    Cape Coral originally was a low-density, rural community serviced by septic tanks and shallow groundwater wells. Today, with a larger population requiring fresh water, those same shallow wells are depleting the middle groundwater aquifer. Septic tank runoff is impacting the canals and groundwater, which has the potential to cause environmental problems.
  • How will the City’s utility system work?

    The City’s potable (drinking) water system pulls its groundwater supply from deep wells situated in the Lower Hawthorn Aquifer.  That water is treated and pumped into the distribution system.  The UEP will connect to this existing water system providing a reliable source of quality drinking water to customers.

    The City uses a gravity sewer system, consisting of sewer lines and lift stations to collect the water and transport it to the water reclamation facilities for treatment.

    Reclaimed water is pumped back to customers through irrigation-only water lines and may be used to water lawns and landscaping. This reclaimed water is supplemented by canal water as necessary to meet demands. Cape Coral is a leader in water reuse technology, which is an important conservation tool.

  • Who is performing the work?

    To better serve the City of Cape Coral, contractors are pre-qualified for the work, and the lowest responsive, responsible bidder is selected to perform the work. Each contractor is responsible for providing quality workmanship and keeping the project on schedule.

 

  • How is the project funded?

    The City either obtains a state revolving fund loan, which the City will pay back over 20 years, utilizes commercial paper or short-term financing.
  • Do we have to connect to the new water, sewer and irrigation lines after they are installed?

    Yes, anyone living adjacent to water and sewer utilities must connect. Connection to the irrigation system is optional at this time. Undeveloped parcels will connect to water and sewer as part of the new construction.
  • How long before I have to connect?

    When the construction is complete and the utilities are online, homeowners will receive a “Notice of Availability” from the City and must connect to the new system within 180 days. 
  • Where do I obtain a permit and water meter and what are the fees?

    The property owners or their plumbing contractors can obtain a permit. A 5/8” water meter for a typical residential home can be secured on the first floor of City Hall at the Billing Services Water/Sewer Department, 1015 Cultural Park Boulevard, Cape Coral. The meter installation fee is $310.00. The utility account deposit is $100.00 and Septic Abandonment Permit Fee is $75.00.  These fees must be paid prior to connecting to the new utilities. After payment(s) is received, City personnel will physically install the water meter followed by inspection of the water, sewer and irrigation services for the property.
  • Do I have to pay a deposit fee?

    To eliminate the deposit fee the City of Cape Coral requires a letter of good standing. Per City Code the letter may come from any utility company. The letter must show a 24 month history with no late payments during the preceding 12 months. 
  • How do I connect to the new system?

    To complete the connection to the new service, contact a local, City of Cape Coral licensed plumber. They will coordinate with you and explain the final procedure.  We have provided you a list of plumbers located in the area which is also located on the website under FAQ. The list is provided as a courtesy to customers and is not intended to be a complete list of or endorsement of plumbers in the area. 
  • Do existing water wells and septic tanks need to be removed?

    Septic tanks will no longer be needed. They do not have to be removed but they must be abandoned. This work also can be done by your plumber.  Water wells can remain intact as a possible use for irrigation. However, you are required to connect your home or business to the City’s drinking water system and sewer system.