An enclave of Cape Coral residents is in a dispute with the city over a reclaimed water line. The city said they were using the line without a permit. The residents said they were told verbally to go ahead and connect. The city had them on record with water permits but not with permits for the reclaimed water hookup.
Special assessments may be an important factor when you buy Cape Coral real estate, and something you should definitely know about. Since Cape Coral has grown so quickly, the city wants to connect all properties within the city limits to central water and sewer and the homeowner has to pay for it. If you buy a home in the oldest part of town, which is mainly the SE part of Cape Coral, you don't have to worry about it, because most of those homes are already connected to both. Some of the SW and NE have both assessments or just central water.
But the planned upgrades will not come cheap to the city or its residents. But the vast majority of the cost will be born by property owners through assessments. The line extension assessment and capital facility expansion charge cost to a property owner depends on the size of their respective parcels. Victoria Bateman, finance director for the city, said there will be two prepayment periods to let residents pay upfront and avoid interest charges on the assessment.
The Cape Coral City utility expansion program also known as UEP is designed to provide the residents of Cape Coral and other municipalities a reliable potable water supply for drinking water and sanitary sewer connection for drainage, and reclaimed non potable water for use with irrigation systems. The UPE gives home owners the confidence of a clean reliable water source without the high maintenance and repair costs. If you own a piece of property or home in an area that has already been a part of the City's Utility Expansion, or are in an area where the City will be extending the water, sewer, and irrigation lines, it is mandatory to connect to the central system.