By Jane Smith

The Delray Beach City Commission unanimously awarded a $4.1 million contract to Lanzo Construction of Deerfield Beach to cover a new water and sewer system, some drainage improvements and reclaimed-water hookups on the barrier island.
The streets receiving the upgrade are Lewis Cove Road, Brooks Lane, White Drive, Rhodes Villa Avenue and Del Haven Drive. The contract was approved at the Dec. 11 meeting.
The city will hold a public outreach meeting on Jan. 17. The project will start in March.
The portion to install the reclaimed-water pipes will cost the city $1.5 million. Delray Beach will be reimbursed by a $700,000 grant from the South Florida Water Management District and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
The connection to the reclaimed-water system is mandatory for irrigation. Under a city ordinance, once reclaimed water is available, residents have 90 days to request a hookup to the system without having to pay for the meter installation. After 90 days, they will be charged for the meter installation.
Everyone in the area where reclaimed water is available will be charged a base rate, regardless of whether they use the system for irrigation.

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