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The value of water, essential to all life.

MIAMI (July 28, 2016)

The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) is committed to providing high-quality drinking water and wastewater disposal services to 2.3 million residents every day. The department encourages residents to be aware of the value of water, as it is essential to all life.  Without it, there would not be any food, manufacturing, fire protection and electricity just to name a few.

“Our water infrastructure needs to be upgraded throughout the County in order to continue delivering this essential resource. Water keeps our community healthy, our County running and our economy growing.  We can’t take it for granted,” said WASD Director Lester Sola.

The Biscayne Aquifer provides most of the water to Miami-Dade County, but it takes 14,000 miles of underground pipes, 1,047 pumps, 210,000 drinking water tests per year, a ton of equipment, and people working 24 hours a day to deliver safe, quality water to homes and businesses; and then, to treat and dispose of the wastewater.

WASD has implemented a $13.5 billion Capital Improvement Program (CIP), the largest in Miami-Dade County’s history, to improve the aging infrastructure in the next 15 to 20 years. The community will be sure to benefit from continuous safe, clean, high quality drinking water, increased wastewater service reliability and capacity, enhanced water pressure, and fire protection.

The CIP includes the following components:

  • Pump Station Improvement Program – Projects to improve pump stations and build new sewer force mains.
  • Consent Decree – A Federally mandated program which will provide upgrades to the wastewater treatment plants, pump stations and force mains.
  • Ocean Outfall Program – A State mandated program which will allow the department to eliminate the current two ocean outfalls and build a new wastewater treatment plant in Northwest Miami-Dade County.
  • Other capital improvements projects – Includes new water treatment plants and improvements to the water and wastewater plants, pump stations and pipelines.

Feel free to read more on WASD's Capital Improvement Program.

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.