When a homeowner or a business wishes to connect to the Orchid Bay water system, a connection fee is assessed. To facilitate home construction, builder's may be granted water services during the construction phase with the connection fee suspended until construction is complete.
The connection fee is related to the capacity of the water purification system as well as the waste water treatment system. As our community is in an environmentally sensitive area with no sweet water aquifer the equipment required to generate potable water and responsibly treat and dispose of waste water requires ongoing capital investments as capacity increases.
The connection charge represents the contributive share of the cost to expand existing facilities, or construct new water facilities. In other words, the amount of water we need to supply the community is directly related to their demand on the system. Residents placing a greater burden on the water system bear a greater share of the costs. As development occurs, population increases, and there is a larger demand for water.
As Belize property taxes do not provide for water services, connection fees are the only funding source we have to build new facilities that will ensure supply of potable water for our community and protect the environment.
All rates are in U.S. Dollars
* Meter size is based on the drinking water meter size.
** If a home uses a cistern that is connected to a waste water treatment lines a separate meter is required for the waste water line. The above rate assumes a 5/8" meter can be used for the cistern and if a larger meter is requried standard rates apply.