The City began operating it own utilities in 1969 with the purchase of the Utilities Operating Company with a service district of 441 to University Drive. The purchase of West Broward Utilities Inc. in July 1974, added the area from Hiatus Road to N.W. 136 Avenue.
The City bought the last private utility in Plantation, Gulfstream Utilities, in February 1985 with a service area from University Drive to Hiatus Road. The municipal utilities now serves all of Plantation except for the east side of 441 whose utilities are supplied by Broward County.
Plantation entered its greatest expansion from about 1980 through 2000 and the Utilities Department expanded from 8000 to over 27,500 meter connections. The Plantation Utilities Department surpasses all minimum standards for water and waste water quality, customer service and system safety. However, Plantation Utilities operates with less personnel and on a lower budget than other similar utilities based on number of connections, population served, geographical size and location.
Plantation Utilities currently holds the distinction of providing the highest water quality available and wastewater sludge which is in demand by agri-businesses, while holding costs down through advanced treatment techniques. The department prepared in advance for the extensive environmental operating rule changes by opting for advanced nano-filtration water plants and deep well waste water disposal. The Department has a staff of experienced, long-term employees dedicated to their jobs and the City.