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Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department to host the Resilient Utility Coalition's Visioning Workshop

MIAMI (August 16, 2016)

The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) will be hosting the Resilient Utility Coalition’s (RUC) Visioning Workshop on Thursday, August 18, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Port Miami, Terminal E. The purpose of the workshop is to bring together utilities, water industry professionals/organizations, and academia to develop strategies that will advance utility infrastructure resiliency efforts.

The coalition’s goal is to provide leadership in adapting utility operations to address the potential effects of climate change. The group seeks to enhance the usefulness of climate science by developing adaptation strategies and improving water management decision making in the face of climate uncertainty. Additionally, the Visioning Workshop serves as an opportunity to discuss RUC goals, prioritize issues, identify future topics of discussion, and collaborate with the partner utilities.

As the only utility in Florida to be recognized as a Utility of the Future Today by a partnership of water sector organizations - the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) and the WateReuse Association—with input from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), WASD provides added insight as a utility that continually addresses resiliency needs through the implementation of the Multi-Year Capital Improvement Plan. This plan will provide necessary upgrades to thousands of miles of pipes, pump stations and water and wastewater treatment plants which will not only increase service capacity but also minimize vulnerabilities, system failures and operational interruptions.

“Collaboration among utilities and industry leaders allows us to discuss common interests, share strategies and experiences and ultimately work toward smarter, more efficient operations with enhanced productivity, sustainability, and resiliency,” said WASD Director Lester Sola.

For more information, visit the Resilient Utility Coalition.  

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.