Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 053375
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File Number: 053375 File Type: Resolution Status: In Draft
Version: 0 Reference: Control: Infrastructure and Land Use Committee
File Name: WATER TREATMENT PLANTS Introduced: 12/22/2005
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action:
Agenda Date: Agenda Item Number: 11A
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE COUNTY MANAGER TO EVALUATE THE FEASIBILITY OF CONVERTING THE COUNTY'S EXISTING WATER TREATMENT PLANTS TO USE CHEMICALS WHICH PRESENT A MINIMAL RISK TO HUMAN HEALTH IF RELEASED; TO EVALUATE THE RELATIVE RISK OF USING THESE CHEMICALS VERSUS CONTINUED USE OF CHLORINE GAS; TO EVALUATE THE EXISTING SECURITY AT THE WATER TREATMENT PLANTS IN LIGHT OF THESE RISKS; AND TO EVALUATE WAYS TO MINIMIZE THE USE OF CHLORINE GAS IN MUNICIPAL FACILITIES COUNTY-WIDE
Indexes: WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT
  WATER AND SEWER
Sponsors: Sen. Javier D. Souto, Prime Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
  Rebeca Sosa, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Infrastructure and Land Use Committee 1/17/2006 3E Amended

County Attorney 12/1/2005 Referred Infrastructure and Land Use Committee 1/17/2006

County Attorney 12/1/2005 Assigned David M. Murray 12/1/2005

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION DIRECTING THE COUNTY MANAGER TO EVALUATE THE FEASIBILITY OF CONVERTING THE COUNTY'S EXISTING WATER TREATMENT PLANTS TO USE CHEMICALS WHICH PRESENT A MINIMAL RISK TO HUMAN HEALTH IF RELEASED; TO EVALUATE THE RELATIVE RISK OF USING THESE CHEMICALS VERSUS CONTINUED USE OF CHLORINE GAS; TO EVALUATE THE EXISTING SECURITY AT THE WATER TREATMENT PLANTS IN LIGHT OF THESE RISKS; AND TO EVALUATE WAYS TO MINIMIZE THE USE OF CHLORINE GAS IN MUNICIPAL FACILITIES COUNTY-WIDE

BODY
WHEREAS, the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department uses large volumes of chlorine gas and other chemicals to purify water at the County's water treatment plants; and
WHEREAS, chlorine gas can present a serious danger to human health if released into the air either accidentally or intentionally; and
WHEREAS, were the chlorine gas used at a County water treatment plant to be released into the air, it would cause a cloud which would be toxic up to fourteen miles from the point of discharge, would kill tens of thousands of people, and would injure hundreds of thousands of people; and
WHEREAS, alternative chemicals exist which could be used to purify water which are not toxic to people if released, including hypochloride; and
WHEREAS, converting the County's existing water treatment plants to use alternative chemicals such as hypochloride may cost millions of dollars but would eliminate the risk of a catastrophic release of chlorine gas and attendant loss of life; and
WHEREAS, Miami-Dade County is a possible target of terrorist attack,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board hereby directs the County Manager to evaluate the feasibility of converting the County's existing water treatment plants such that these plants utilize chemicals which present a minimal risk to human health if released; and to evaluate the relative risk of using these chemicals versus continued use of chlorine gas; to evaluate the existing security at the water treatment plants in light of these risks; and to evaluate options for minimizing the use of chlorine in municipalities within Miami-Dade County. The County Manager shall report the results of these evaluations no later than ninety days from the date of this resolution.



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