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For Immediate Release:
July 09, 2013
Media Contact:
Jason Smith
jtsmith@miamidade.gov
305-694-2779

Commissioner Jean Monestime's Legislation to Extend Sewers to Underserved Commercial and Industrial Areas Passes County Commission


(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- On Tuesday, July 2, 2013, the Board of County Commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution proposed by Commissioner Jean Monestime, District 2, directing the Mayor to create a plan to extend sewers to underserved commercial and industrial areas. The resolution also requires the Plan to be incorporated into the Water and Sewer 5-year capital program.

Implementation of this plan is expected to allow businesses located along major corridors to expand once they transition from septic tanks and connect to the County’s sewer system. The Water and Sewer Department estimates the Plan will result in $230 million in infrastructure upgrades.

A recent report conducted by the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department showed there are entire sections of commercially zoned property in the County that do not have reasonable access to sewer service. Businesses producing wastewater that cannot be legally discharged to a septic tank cannot open or expand in these areas, severely limiting the economic productivity of these communities.

“I am pleased that the Board of County Commissioners adopted my item directing the Mayor to create a plan to extend sewers to underserved commercial and industrial areas,” Commissioner Monestime said. “This is an investment in the economic development and job creation potential for these critical commercial corridors.”

Read the legislation here.