Palm Beach smart to look ahead to 2029 regarding water supply

To the Town Council, Oct. 1, 2029, is right around the corner.

That’s when the town’s current water contract with the city of West Palm Beach expires. And though it’s seven years away, the town is already working to keep its head above water.

That means looking at several options now for water service, some with price tags so high that they may not be easy to swallow.

The simplest solution, renewing the contract with West Palm Beach, is not as easy as it seems. The town will not soon easily forget last year’s debacle when the algal toxin cylindrospermopsin was discovered in the water supply, leading the city – after an unconscionable lag of eight days – to warn residents of West Palm Beach, Palm Beach and South Palm Beach not to drink from the tap.

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