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Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department offers household tips for rainy season

MIAMI (June 07, 2017)

With rain in the forecast for the foreseeable future, the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) is offering some household tips to help save water and prevent possible sewer overflows.

Make sure to turn your sprinklers’ timers off. In case your sprinklers are on timers and it rains during the day, while you are at work, that water is being wasted. It’s a great opportunity for our lawns to be irrigated naturally, instead of using our treated drinking water.

Conserve water usage at peak times during the day. When heavy rains are taking place, be mindful of the length of showers being taken and water used at the high demand times of early morning and evening hours. High water usage results in greater capacity demands on the department’s wastewater infrastructure.

Monitor water consumption during heavy rain events. It’s always a best practice to operate your dishwashers and washing machines at full capacity, but especially during storm events, to minimize impact to the department’s wastewater infrastructure because additional storm water can infiltrate into WASD pipes, which must then be treated at the wastewater plants.

“While it’s a good thing that the area is receiving the necessary rain water to alleviate potential drought conditions, the introduction of additional storm water to our system could potentially cause negative impacts, such as sewer overflows,” said WASD Director Lester Sola. “We are asking our customers to make a few small changes to their habits to increase the continued reliability of our system, regardless of the weather conditions."

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.