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WASD recognized for conservation efforts with 2015 Sustainable Water Utility Management Award

MIAMI (December 09, 2015)

The Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) recognized the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) for its effective Water Use Efficiency Program, as well as its efforts to encourage the development of alternative water supplies.

“Since our efficiency program began in 2006, we have seen significant capital improvements and a decreased water demand by about 40 million gallons a day,” said WASD Director Lester Sola. “We are committed to being responsible environmental stewards of our natural resources. That’s why we are proactive with preventing water loss through an aggressive Leak Detection Program and the implementation of an Advanced Meter Infrastructure.”

Sola also lauded the department’s Methane Sequestration Project as another successful department conservation initiative. WASD captures biogas from the disinfection process, as well as converts the methane from a nearby landfill and turns it into electricity to be used at the plant, a financial savings, but an environmental benefit of reusing the gas that would otherwise be let off into the atmosphere.

AMWA also acknowledged the department’s extensive Capital Improvement Program (CIP) that will upgrade/replace many of the pipes, pumps stations and treatment plants that will ultimately improve service, but improve efficiencies and improve sustainable programs already in place or to be implemented in the future.

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