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Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department promotes water conservation during heavy rain events

MIAMI (August 26, 2016)

The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) is asking its customers to be conservation-minded during significant weather events. As of this afternoon, it was still unclear what impact the current tropical wave might have in South Florida through the weekend and leading into the next week, but the department urges its nearly 2.3 million customers to monitor their water consumption when the area is affected by heavy rains.

“It doesn’t have to be a hurricane or tropical storm to have a significant impact to our sewer system infrastructure,” said WASD Director Lester Sola. “Any time South Florida has a few days of continuous rainfall, our sewer system takes in millions of gallons of extra influent – in this case storm drain run-off that could potentially result in sewer overflows.

“So when Miami-Dade County is affected by significant weather and increased rainfall, we ask that the public be mindful of how much water they use in the home, especially at high demand times of day – the morning and evening that can place additional burdens on the system.”

WASD staff operates around the clock and takes additional precautions when weather events require it to ensure that we provide uninterrupted service to our customers.

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 visit WASD’s website.