Our Community Utility
In 1972, the citizens of Fort Pierce voted by referendum to create FPUA. By City Charter, FPUA is governed by an independent board. The FPUA Board consists of five members, one whom is the Mayor and the remaining members are appointed by the City Commission for four-year overlapping terms.
The City Commission is also responsible for approving FPUA's rates and budget. Through a designated formula, annually FPUA transfers revenue to the City's General Fund which the City uses for various services for the citizens of Fort Pierce. Since 1972, FPUA has transferred over 100 million dollars to the City's General Fund.
Our Core Strength
Our Mission Statement drives our values: “To provide our customers with economical, reliable and friendly service in a continuous effort to enhance the quality of life in our community.”Our Values Include:
Respect for the Environment
By focusing on these values, we are able to meet our customers' expectations, operate with integrity, provide reliable and prompt service and to maintain the lowest price possible for all services.
The Electric System serves the City of Fort Pierce and the immediately surrounding area, encompassing approximately 35 square miles, with an average of 27,000 services billed. FPUA and Florida Power & Light (FPL) have a territorial agreement approved by the Florida Public Service Commission. On December 16, 1997, FPUA agreed to participate in Florida Municipal Power Agency's (FMPA) All-Requirements Power Supply Project (ARP). In doing so, FPUA became one of 14 municipally owned utilities in ARP. The principal benefits of ARP are:
1. Lower operating costs through utilization of the most efficient generation available.
2. Future generation will be planned for the collective systems, as needed, by FMPA.
3. Economies of scale in operating, planning, and financing.
4. Lower risk with more units and more cities working together.
As of January 1, 1998, FPUA assigned its resources to ARP and agreed to purchase its total power requirements from ARP. On May 31, 2008, the Henry D. King Power Plant was decommissioned, and FMPA's Treasure Coast Energy Center (TCEC) began commercial operation. FPUA now operates the TCEC for FMPA on a contract basis, utilizing FPUA employees. To learn more about FMPA visit their website at www.fmpa.com.
The Water System serves the City of Fort Pierce and the immediately surrounding area, encompassing approximately 32 square miles, with an average of 19,000 services billed. The water supply is obtained from 41 surficial aquifer wells (shallow) and 9 Floridan aquifer wells (deep). FPUA currently has a Water Use Permit (WUP) from the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) to withdraw a daily maximum not to exceed 21.13 MG of ground water. Treatment of the raw ground water is presently accomplished through a 20 MGD conventional Lime Softening Water Treatment Plant and a 10.3 MGD Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant. FPUA owns and operates a 13.3 MGD air stripping system which services the lime softening portion of FPUA's Water Treatment Facility. FPUA meets all federal and state drinking water standards. FPUA has 9 MG of storage capacity. The water distribution system is composed of 360 miles of water mains, remote pumping facilities, ground storage tanks, hydrants, and valves.
The Wastewater System serves the City of Fort Pierce and the immediately surrounding area, encompassing approximately 30 square miles, with an average of 14,000 services billed. The wastewater collection system consists of 118 lift stations, 168 miles of gravity sewer lines ranging from 8 to 48 inches in diameter, and approximately 88 miles of force mains ranging in size from 2.5 to 18 inches. The Island Water Reclamation Facility (IWRF) currently has a permitted capacity of 11.5 MGD for Annual Average Daily Flow (AAFD). On March 2, 2007, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) issued the operating permit, which is anticipated to be adequate through the year 2012. FPUA has a deep injection well at the plant site. A pumping station injects treated effluent into the 3,300-foot deep injection well. A site for a second facility, the Mainland Water Reclamation Facility (MWRF), has been purchased in the southwest corner of the service area and the design of the plant has commenced. A deep injection well has been constructed on this site to accommodate the TCEC's wastewater stream.
The Gas System serves the City of Fort Pierce and the immediately surrounding area, encompassing approximately 27 square miles, with an average of 3,982 services billed. The Gas System purchases firm gas for resale through Florida Gas Utility (FGU). FGU has a contract with Florida Gas Transmission for the transportation of gas to FPUA's system. Gas purchases are supplied by FGU under a full requirements agreement. The Gas Operations Department is responsible for the installation and maintenance of all gas mains and service lines. The department also employs a staff of qualified gas service technicians to maintain and repair customers' natural gas appliances.