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For Immediate Release:
March 18, 2014
Media Contact:
Betty Aguirre

County Commission commits to on-time sewer system repairs with no diversion of funds

(MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FL)  – Miami-Dade County has committed itself to completing required sewer system repairs on time while preventing the diversion of Water and Sewer Department funds to other departments.


The County Commission today approved two resolutions sponsored by Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa to comply with and strengthen terms of a settlement agreement pending in federal court regarding the County’s federally mandated sewer system repairs, which are necessary to bring the system into compliance with the Clean Water Act.


The first resolution modifies the settlement agreement, known as the “consent decree,” to double the proposed fines on the County for failing to meet its requirements, including on-time completion of the project. It also calls for the County to provide the court with a semi-annual report regarding the County’s compliance with the consent decree’s terms.


The second resolution prohibits the transfer of Water and Sewer Department revenues to the general fund for as long as the consent decree is in effect.


“Completing the necessary repairs to our sewer system is a top priority for this County, and Miami-Dade residents can have full confidence in our commitment to protect the public health by ensuring that all aspects of the project are performed in strict accordance with federal requirements,” Chairwoman Sosa said.