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WASD is Storm ready in advance of Hurricane Season

MIAMI (April 21, 2017)

The tropics apparently don’t have a calendar, so Tropical Storm Arlene has made her debut more than five weeks before the official start of Hurricane Season on June 1. The good news is that the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) is also an early prepper and staff is checking equipment and facilities to ensure that everything is storm ready.

Some of these tasks include preparing tanks and performing preventative maintenance in advance of Hurricane Season. WASD also reviews the levels of disinfectants and fuel stored on site is adequate for long term operation even after an emergency or storm has occurred.

“After Hurricane Andrew in 1992, WASD began outfitting its facilities with generators,” said WASD Director Lester Sola. “This department can maintain the continuous operation of delivering safe drinking water and wastewater removal for 25 days without electricity after an emergency without the need of additional deliveries. We are committed to providing uninterrupted service for our customers so that at least is one less concern they have to worry about.”

Sola recommends investing in potable water containers in advance, the kind used for camping. Then fill them up before the storm as a precaution. It is recommended that one gallon of water per person for three days be stored. Also, take pets into consideration when preparing for a storm.

You can read more about WASD’s storm tips on the Hurricane Preparedness page. On its social media pages, the department will be using the hashtag #WASDStormPrep thoughout Hurricane Season offering additional tips and up-to-date information.

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.