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Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) breaks ground on 36-inch water transmission line

MIAMI (February 04, 2016)

According to the elected officials in attendance at today’s Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD)’s groundbreaking of a new 36-inch water transmission line to be installed along Southwest 152nd Street (between SW 112 – 137 avenues), County residents shouldn’t take their high quality drinking water for granted.

“I thought to myself before arriving here today, ‘Why are we celebrating the installation of a 36-inch water pipe?’ and the answer became as crystal clear as the delicious water we provide our residents every day,” said County Commissioner Dennis C. Moss. “We are lucky to have the safe, tasty drinking water we have.

“If we don’t invest in improving and upgrading our infrastructure, we could be the next Flint, Michigan. So if your bill increases slightly from the year before, we should consider ourselves fortunate that we have access to safe water. The next time your commute is a little longer because we have to temporarily tear up the road to make these improvements, remember it’s an investment that will not only benefit you, but your family and community for decades to come.”

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez echoed the sentiment.

“I always tell people that the most important service we provide in Miami-Dade County is providing high quality water and wastewater services,” said Mayor Gimenez. “You can’t have a sustainable and resilient community without the high health standards supported by a proper water and wastewater infrastructure system. Even with recent rate increases, WASD’s rates are still among the lowest in the state and country.”

This particular project is part of the department’s 20-year $13.5 billion Capital Improvement Program (CIP), explained WASD Director Lester Sola.

“Residents will benefit from an improved and expanded reliability within the South Miami-Dade County’s water distribution area, as well as system redundancy in times of emergencies,” said Sola. “Water pressure will be improved and there will be the added benefit of increased fire suppression capabilities.”

The $10 million project is expected to be completed within 18 months.
It is the priority of the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department to provide safe, reliable service to its customers. Visit the WASD website for additional information about services and programs.

Pictured in Photo from left: Kevin Keane, BND Engineers, Inc., WASD Director Lester Sola, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, County Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, Chuck Sinclair, HDR Engineering, Inc. and Mark Garrett, Lanzo Construction.