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WASD Awarded $15.4 million in Loan Funding for Drinking Water Enhancements in Shenandoah Community

MIAMI (November 12, 2015)

The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department was recently awarded a $15.4 million loan to fund drinking water infrastructure enhancements within the Shenandoah community. Old, leaking pipes that have out-lasted their service lives will be retired and will be replaced. Other components of the project include the design and construction of approximately 16.5 miles of new, properly sized piping, with 2,330 water service connections and 1,400 water service conversions.

Benefits to the community once the project is complete include increased water pressure and improved fire suppression capabilities. An important environmental benefit is the department will also be able to save thousands of gallons of water for future use that had been previously wasted by being lost due to leaking pipes.

The Department of Environmental Protection recently provided approximately $15.4 million through its Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) Program to enhance Miami-Dade County's drinking water distribution system. The SRF Program provides low-interest loans for planning, designing and constructing public water facilities.

Construction is now underway and is expected to be completed in February 2017. DEP has committed to provide an additional $9 million in the next few months to fully fund the project’s total expected costs of more than $24 million.

“I am pleased that the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) is a recipient of this DEP loan,” said WASD Director Lester Sola. “This will not only aid the department in our mission to provide quality drinking water service to our community, but assists us as we continuously explore alternate funding options for our 20-year Capital Improvement Program. It is important that we are not only good stewards of our natural resources, but our rate-payers’ financial resources, as well.”

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 www.miamidade.gov/water.