The Utility Engineering Division is comprised of two subdivisions, the Capital Improvement Projects group and Commercial Development group.
The Capital Improvement Projects group is responsible for the planning, designing, permitting and constructing the infrastructure necessary to provide potable water, wastewater service and reclaimed water to the customers of the City of Port St. Lucie Utility Systems Department (PSLUSD). This includes water treatment facilities, wastewater treatment facilities, pumping stations, storage tanks, distribution systems, collection systems, relocation of existing utilities as part of roadway projects and the repair and rehabilitation of the existing facilities. Since 2000 over $200 million in capital improvements have been completed to enhance the system and prepare for future development. The CIP group provides in-house engineering design services and manages contracts with outside engineering consultants.
The Commercial Development group provides engineering-based customer service to existing and future commercial utility customers and provides internal engineering services to the Utility. Throughout the year, the Commercial Development group actively administers and monitors all aspects of the development and construction of commercial projects, multi-family residential projects, and new subdivisions. The division is charged with the responsibility of reviewing and approving project plans, initiating and processing commercial service agreements, inspecting construction, and bringing the project to closure via the processing of numerous legal documents related to the Utility's ownership and operation of newly constructed utility facilities. Commercial tenant construction (i.e. bays in an existing plaza) and interceptors for grease, hair, lint, etc. are also approved by the Commercial Development group.
This work unit is also responsible for locating, identifying, and marking all of the Utility Systems’ underground drinking water, wastewater (sanitary sewer) and reclaimed water assets prior to any construction contractor digging into the ground. This activity is required by the Underground Facility Damage Prevention and Safety Act and is governed by Chapter 556, Florida Statutes.