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WASD hosts Japanese firms interested in performing projects for department's Capital Improvement Program

MIAMI (March 01, 2017)

Twenty-six representatives from 10 Japanese firms, the Consulate General of Japan in Miami and the Japanese Embassy visited the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) yesterday to learn about the many construction projects associated with its 15 to 20-year Capital improvement Plan (CIP).

After a presentation given by WASD Director Lester Sola, the group also visited the Central District Waste Water Treatment Plant on Virginia Key.

“For the next 15 years, we have plenty of projects that need to be completed,” said Sola. “We have something for everyone. I’m pleased with your interest because we favor competition and in the end, that will benefit our customers due to having the best technology being used at the best prices.”

The participants were eager to learn more about the CIP.

“These projects sound very exciting,” said Hitachi America Business Development Director Yushi Akiyama. “I’m impressed by the investment and the amount of improvements that will be undertaken for this long duration of time. This sounds like a very exciting opportunity.”

About the CIP: WASD’s CIP is an economic engine that will create 16,470 new jobs during the first 10 years of the program, which will increase service capacity supporting more businesses to open in the community and improve the reliability and sustainability of the water and sewer system. During the first decade alone, $24.9 billion will be generated in economic activity within Miami-Dade County. WASD has invested more than $772 million worth of projects and upgrades within the first three years of the CIP, which is the largest in Miami-Dade County’s history. This has resulted in nearly $1.1 billion in assets created for the department. While this only accounts for the first three years of what will amount to a 15 to 20-year program, 775 projects have already been completed on time or ahead of established deadlines and another 861 projects are open in various states of progress. To learn more about CIP related business opportunities visit the WASD CIP page.

It is the priority of the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department to provide safe, reliable service to its customers. For additional information about Department services and programs, visit the department’s website.