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Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department earns NACo Award for innovative program in plant operations

MIAMI (July 01, 2016)

The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) has been recognized with an award from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The award honors innovative, effective county government programs that enhance services for residents.

“WASD’s mission is to provide its nearly 2.3 million customers with reliable service of high-quality drinking water on a daily basis, but we always look for ways to deliver these services in the most responsible and advanced methods,” said WASD Director Lester Sola. “Receiving this award illustrates that the department and its staff continuously strive for service excellence, as well as opportunities to save rate-payers-generated revenue.”

NACo recognized the following program submitted by WASD:

“Enhanced sludge energy recovery initiative” in the category of County Resiliency: Infrastructure, Energy and Sustainability.

The innovative program separates sludge (a byproduct of the wastewater treatment process) at the North District Wastewater Treatment Plant, so that high energy sludge can be directly sent to the energy recovery system, which forms biogas (methane rich), and is then used to fuel the Central Wastewater Treatment Plant, promoting sustainable energy and substantial savings in overall operational costs.

This improved energy recovery and enhanced treatment of wastewater benefits Miami-Dade County residents.

“County governments are leading the way in providing better, more innovative services to residents,” said NACo President Sallie Clark, commissioner, El Paso County, Colorado. “The National Association of Counties applauds these Achievement Award-winning counties for outstanding efforts to strengthen communities across the country.”

Nationally, awards are given in 21 different categories that reflect the vast, comprehensive services counties provide. The categories include children and youth, criminal justice, county administration, environmental protection, information technology, health, civic engagement and many more.

NACo will recognize award-winning counties at its 2016 Annual Conference and Exposition July 22–25 in Los Angeles County, Calif. 

Started in 1970, NACo’s annual Achievement Award Program is designed to recognize innovative county government programs. Each nominee is judged on its own merits and not against other applications received.

The National Association of Counties (NACo) unites America’s 3,069 county governments.  Founded in 1935, NACo brings county officials together to advocate with a collective voice on national policy, exchange ideas and build new leadership skills, pursue transformational county solutions, enrich the public’s understanding of county government and exercise exemplary leadership in public service. Learn more at the NACo website.

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 the WASD website.