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WASD sewer project wins international award

Also a finalist in two other categories

MIAMI (February 06, 2017)

The word is already out locally that the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) is employing technologically advanced equipment and procedures to complete construction projects as part of its Capital Improvement Program (CIP). Now, a WASD project has been recognized on the international stage, as well.

The New Civil Engineer organization, a British based industry group, recognized the Norris Cut Tunnel Project with the 2016 Design Innovation of the Year award. The tunnel, which is 85 feet underwater took 10 months to complete, and allowed the installation of a 60-inch sewer line that replaced an outdated transmission line that connects the Central District Waste Water Treatment Plant to Fisher Island. A tunnel-boring machine drilled 5,280 feet from the plant to the island.

The project ranked first among a group of other exceptional worldwide finalists that were in such locales as London, Liverpool, Abu Dhabi and Colorado. The Norris Cut Project demonstrated how its design innovation led to increased performance, durability, safety, competitiveness and sustainability.

“I’m extremely proud of the recognition this project has received,” said WASD Director Lester Sola. “Not only was the work technologically exciting, but the South Florida geological conditions of tunneling 85 feet under water was challenging.”

The Norris Cut Project was also a finalist in the categories of Technical Innovation of the Year, as well as Technical Project of the Year ($50 million-$500 million).

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 department’s website.