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Thirteen pump stations are certified, ending moratorium, will result in improved service, economic impact

MIAMI (January 07, 2016)

Thirteen is a lucky number for the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD). That’s the number of pump stations recently required to be certified compliant by December 31, 2015 according to United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). All 13 met the USEPA requirements of nominal operating time of less or equal to 10 hours per day.

Pump stations are used to lift or raise wastewater from a lower elevation to a higher elevation or to discharge the wastewater from the property directly into a force main. The force mains will then transfer the wastewater to other larger pump stations or directly to the treatment plants.

WASD Director Lester Sola said pump stations and their capacity issues are a vital component of many department projects such as the Multi-Year Capital Improvement Program (CIP), the Consent Decree and the Pump Station Improvement Program.

“The certifications of these pump stations lift the moratoriums they had previously been operating under,” said Sola. “With the pump stations now in compliance, increased capacity will generate economic development in the industrial and business areas in the County and provide improved service delivery in the affected residential areas.”

Improvements to WASD’s pumps stations is a part of the department’s 20-year, $13.5 billion CIP – the largest capital improvement program in Miami-Dade County history.

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, click here.