Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District (LGWCD)

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P. O. Box 407 Loxahatchee, Florida, United States 33470

The primary responsibilities of the Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District (LGWCD) are surface water management and road maintenance.

phone: view phone(561) 793-0884

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The primary responsibilities of the Loxahatchee Groves Water Control District (LGWCD) are surface water management and road maintenance.

The District encompasses 8,000 acres in Loxahatchee Groves and Royal Palm Beach. The District was created in 1917 by an act of the Florida Legislature and is one of over 1,000 special districts in the state. As a special district, the landowners pay a proportionate share of the costs for the services they receive from LGWCD.


There are over 29 miles of unpaved roads to be maintained in the District.

LGWCD adheres to a regular maintenance schedule for its roadways. Due to weather conditions and other factors, additional road work is performed in addition to the regular maintenance schedule.

To accomplish the major responsibilities of road maintenance, LGWCD uses several heavy pieces of equipment such as graders and tractors that operate throughout the District.


The District has a serious responsibility in proper management of stormwater run-off. Each year the District receives, on average, 60 inches of rain. The average rainfall in the District equates to over 13 billion gallons. If you placed all of the water the District received annually into one-gallon containers, those containers would circle the Earth over 50 times. It is important to manage the flow of this volume of water through the District’s canals for maximum protection and benefit to property owners.

Storm Water ManagementThe drainage system, maintained by LGWCD, operates by gravity flow. Any storm water which is not absorbed into the ground moves southwards through the District in a network of canals.

First the water flows into the District’s maintained canals known as the “secondary” drainage system. The final movement of the water is into the “primary” drainage system that consists of the larger canals, such as the C-51. The primary drainage system is the responsibility of the South Florida Water Management District.

It is important to understand that after heavy periods of rain it is normal for water to remain standing in the low side of the roads and on private property. This is the way the system is designed to function. Standing water occurs when the ground becomes saturated and cannot absorb any more water.

Even with the heavy amounts of rain, such as occurred in Hurricane Irene in 1999, the District’s system has functioned well. That storm produced a higher level of rainfall than is normally anticipated in a 100-year storm, which the system was designed to handle.

It is important that residents report any blockage in the canals and to refrain from dumping trash, agricultural waste, tires, old toys, recreational equipment, appliances, and all toxic materials into the canals or on vacant lots. It is illegal and can result in heavy fines.

LGWCD maintains over 30 miles of canals in addition to the unpaved roadways.

Hours of work

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

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