The Town of Highland Beach, including all of its water utility customers, is not being impacted by the January 15, 2008 water restrictions imposed by the Board of Governors of the South Florida Water Management District. The Highland Beach public water supply system relies on the very deep Floridan Aquifer as its source of raw water. The restrictions have been imposed by the District on all other water users that draw their water either from surface sources or from the much shallower Biscayne Aquifer.
Drawing raw water from the Floridan Aquifer and then treating it with a process known as reverse osmosis is a much more expensive method of providing high quality drinking water. It is, however, a much more stable source of raw water. Not having the restrictions placed on customers of the Highland Beach public water supply system is clearly one of the benefits of having such a system- despite the higher cost of treating this source of water.