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Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department prepares for Hurricane Matthew, promotes water conservation during heavy rain events, inclement weather

MIAMI (October 04, 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 Hurricane Matthew might have in South Florida, but the department urges its nearly 2.3 million customers to monitor their water consumption when the area is affected by heavy rains.

“Heavy rains associated with the hurricane can 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 events such as tropical storms and hurricanes, as well as 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. This includes preparing the water and wastewater treatment plants’ generators, making sure that department essential equipment and vehicles have enough fuel to operate for a minimum of 2 weeks post storm event, as well as line up appropriate staffing details to not only assure continuity of department operations, but to evaluate any storm-related damage in the field.

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.