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Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) Celebrates National Drinking Water Week, May 1-7, 2016

MIAMI (April 29, 2016)

For more than 35 years, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and its members have celebrated National Drinking Water Week, May 1-7 - a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together to recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives. The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) also plays a role in ensuring the water used to drink, cook with and manufacture with is safe.

WASD is proud of the water it delivers to the more than 2.3 million people each day in Miami-Dade County. The department is the largest utility in the Southeastern United States and ninth largest water utility in the nation. WASD tests its water more than 210,000 times annually and the County’s water meets or exceeds all local, state
and federal requirements.

Having clean, safe reliable drinking water far exceeds filling a glass of water straight from the faucet. Consider the many ways water affects our lives that we probably don’t even consider:
• 40 percent of water is used in agriculture to grow foods to eat and beverages to drink
• 32 gallons of water are needed to make one glass of wine
• 19 gallons of water yields one apple
• 1,230 gallons of water are necessary for the production of one beef steak
• 46 percent of water is consumed in manufacturing products to buy
• 700 gallons of water are needed to manufacture one t-shirt
• 2,100 gallons of water produces just one pair of leather shoes
• 40,000 gallons of water are needed to manufacture a single car

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.