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Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) Celebrates Infrastructure Week

MIAMI (May 16, 2017)

Water and wastewater infrastructure throughout the United States is aging, inefficient, and inadequately designed to meet 21st century needs. That’s why the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) is proactively undertaking a comprehensive multi-billion Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and supports highlighting this important issue during Infrastructure Week, celebrated from May 15 through 19.
 
“Aging infrastructure is not just an issue in Miami-Dade County,” said WASD Director Lester Sola. “In 2014, the American Society of Civil Engineers rated the nation’s water and wastewater systems a 'D' grade. Improving our infrastructure nationwide provides benefits three-fold, improving service delivery, investing in a legacy for future generations, as well as a significant economic impact.
 
“Every billion dollars in federal investments in infrastructure supports 13,000 American jobs, and workers in the infrastructure industry earn 30 percent more than comparable occupations.”
 
Investing in our future now can prevent catastrophic impacts later when you consider some of these facts:
 
• Leaky pipes lose six billion gallons of treated drinking water every day in the United States
• Most Americans' water and wastewater infrastructure systems have operated for 75-100+ years, well exceeding their expected lifespan
• A one-day nationwide water disruption would cost Americans $22.5 billion in GDP
 
Infrastructure Week is a national week of education and advocacy that brings together American businesses, workers, elected leaders, and everyday citizens around one message: It’s #TimeToBuild. From May 15-19, leaders and citizens around America will highlight state of our nation’s infrastructure – roads, bridges, rail, ports, airports, water and sewer systems, the energy grid, and more – and encourage policymakers to invest in the projects, technologies, and policies necessary to make America competitive, prosperous, and safe.
 
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.