Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 120076
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File Number: 120076 File Type: Resolution Status: Before the Board
Version: 0 Reference: R-170-12 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: WATER AND SEWER INFRASTRUCTURE Introduced: 1/11/2012
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action:
Agenda Date: 2/7/2012 Agenda Item Number: 14A1
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION DIRECTING COUNTY MAYOR OR MAYOR’S DESIGNEE TO PROVIDE A REPORT ADDRESSING THE COUNTY’S WATER AND SEWER INFRASTRUCTURE THAT IS AGED AND DETERIORATING
Indexes: WATER AND SEWER
Sponsors: Barbara J. Jordan, Prime Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, 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

Board of County Commissioners 2/7/2012 14A1 Adopted P
REPORT: Commissioner Jordan asked staff to provide a report on the County's Water and Sewer infrastructure that was aged and deteriorating.

County Mayor 2/2/2012 Additions 2/7/2012

County Attorney 1/24/2012 Referred Infrastructure and Land Use Committee 2/15/2012

County Attorney 1/11/2012 Assigned Henry N. Gillman

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION DIRECTING COUNTY MAYOR OR MAYOR’S DESIGNEE TO PROVIDE A REPORT ADDRESSING THE COUNTY’S WATER AND SEWER INFRASTRUCTURE THAT IS AGED AND DETERIORATING

BODY

WHEREAS, Miami-Dade County through the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (“MDWASD”) operates and maintains a countywide water and sewer system; and
WHEREAS, MDWASD operates three regional and five satellite water treatment plants that provides over 300 million gallons of safe clean drinking water every day to more than two million residents and visitors; and
WHEREAS, the water system consists of over 7700 miles of water mains ranging from 2 inches to 96 inches in diameter; and
WHEREAS, MDWASD operates 1039 sewage pump stations and three regional wastewater treatment plants that treat and dispose over 300 million gallons of effluent daily; and
WHEREAS, the sewer system consist of 6200 miles of collection and transmission pipelines ranging from 4 inches to 120 inches in diameter; and
WHEREAS, much of the water and sewer infrastructure was installed by private and municipal utilities that were subsequently acquired by the County or installed by developers that subsequently donated the infrastructure to the County; and
WHEREAS, over half of all water and sewer pipes were installed more than 50 years ago; and
WHEREAS, age, materials and saltwater intrusion all play factors in the deterioration of the infrastructure; and
WHEREAS, 18 years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) brought an enforcement action against the County for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act after several large sanitary sewer overflows occurred because of capacity-related issues in the wastewater system; and
WHEREAS, in 1993 and 1995, the County entered into Consent Decrees with EPA and a Settlement Agreement with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (“FDEP”) regarding the wastewater system; and
WHEREAS, to date, MDWASD has complied with all requirements of the Consent Decrees to improve the wastewater collection and transmission system and successfully completed the Settlement Agreement with FDEP; and
WHEREAS, MDWASD has completed over 1,589 milestones without incurring any penalties, implemented a renewal and replacement program of sewer mains and has upgraded many of the pump stations; and
WHEREAS, the Department has a Capital Improvement Program for the inspection, repair, renewal and replacement of water and sewer infrastructure; and
WHEREAS, although there has not been any capacity-related sewer overflows in 10 years, sewer overflows have recently occurred for other reasons including blockages, breaks, contractor-damage, pump station-related and system failures; and
WHEREAS, MDWASD and EPA are currently negotiating modifications to the Consent Decrees to implement a Capacity, Management, Operation and Maintenance Program to further improve performance of the wastewater system; and
WHEREAS, EPA recently conducted a compliance evaluation inspection of the Central District Wastewater Treatment Plant and found several violations of the Clean Water Act permit; and
WHEREAS, various County water mains have had catastrophic failures in recent years; and
WHEREAS, permit violations and the catastrophic failure of water and sewer mains adversely affect the public health, safety and welfare, causes damage to property and exposes the County to potential liability and enforcement action by regulatory agencies; and
WHEREAS, this Board desires to take appropriate measures to prevent and minimize the County’s liability by ensuring that the repair and replacement of deteriorated infrastructure including treatment plants, pump stations and water and sewer mains are properly prioritized and funded.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that the County Mayor or County Mayor’s designee is directed to provide a report addressing the County’s water and sewer infrastructure that is aged and deteriorating. The report must identify the most deteriorated and vulnerable sections of the water and sewer infrastructure system, estimate the cost to repair and/or replace the identified sections of the system, whether pipes, treatment plants and/or pump stations, provide recommendations on whether to repair or replace the identified infrastructure and include sources of funding. The report shall be provided to this Board within 90 days of this Resolution.



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