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Water’s Chlorine Taste, Smell and Discoloration Affects South Palm Coast Customers

| March 1, 2018

A mechanical problem at one of the Palm Coast’s three water treatment plants Thursday caused the level of chlorine to spike, and shut down the plant.

Palm Coast Will Borrow $30 Million to Build New Sewer Plant, Pledging No Rate Increase For 5 Years

| February 26, 2015

The new plant would be financed with a 20-year loan at less than 1 percent interest, and the city’s total debt load would rise to around $200 million. It also depends on steady growth in coming years.

FPL Customers Will See Power Bills Increase 5% Starting in January, Adding to Other Local Utility Hikes

| December 4, 2013

For Palm Coast residents, the rate increase compounds steeper utility rate increases as the city raised its water and sewer rates 8 percent in April, another 4 percent in October, and will raise them again 4 percent next October. The typical combined annual price increase: $175.

How a Stumble Saddled Palm Coast Water Rate Payers With $500,000 in Additional Costs

| October 5, 2012

Overeager to get going on a $2.6 million wellfield project during the boom years, Palm Coast never secured an agreement between a land company and FPL to power the wells. When talks broke down between the companies, Palm Coast decided to pay an extra $500,000 to power the wells with a different contractor, a cost it will pass down to rate-payers, even though the need for the water is non-existent.

A Wake for Palm Coast Desalination: Consultants Talk “Hiatus” Rather Than Demise

| August 17, 2011

The seawater desalination initiative Palm Coast led for the last three years held what amounted to an exit interview with the public as the project shuts down for lack of money, participants and, for now and several years to come, need.

Despite Shelving Desalination, Palm Coast Clings to “Low Pulse” Plans–for $213,000

| July 13, 2011

The $213,000, left over from $1.7 million budgeted for desalination project’s latest phase, would keep a consultant working through quarterly meetings, and Palm Coast hoping to draft new partners for the now-defunct, $200 million project.

Palm Coast Water Tower Isolated From System After Break-In; Security Questions Pending

| May 17, 2011

The break-in at the 500,000-gallon water tower was discovered Tuesday morning. City officials say they have no reason to think the water was compromised, but are conducting batteries of tests. Police is investigating.

In Your Backyard: Public Discussion on Where to Plunk Desalination Plant Wednesday

| March 8, 2011

The $200 million, Palm Coast-led desalination project is holding an open house and public comment period on the project’s location beginning at 6 p.m. at the Whitney Laboratory in Marineland on March 9.

Cool Project, Cooler Reception: Palm Coast’s Desalination Aims Leaves Others Unmoved

| August 11, 2010

Slower than before, but still expensively, Palm Coast continues to push desalination as its only alternative water source in the future.

Loner Palm Coast Drips Desal to Fraction of Original Plan; Water Costs Would Rise Sharply

| May 26, 2010

The city is reducing its desal ambitions to a sixth the original size, but 1,000 gallons would cost five to six times more than current water.

Flagler Beach Dumps Desalination Group

| May 14, 2010

The Flagler Beach City Commission cited costs and its own ready water supply as reasons to drop out of the Coquina desalination consortium.

Desalination’s Future Brackish as Costs Soar for Palm Coast

| May 12, 2010

Hopes for a desalination plant are down to whether Palm Coast can bear the burden of mounting costs mostly by itself as other governments drop out of the colossally expensive consortium.

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