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Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department statement regarding Ocean Outfall report

MIAMI (August 01, 2017)

The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) is taking aggressive measures to evaluate and repair the wastewater line, if necessary, referenced in recent reports. In 2016, WASD was alerted to a potential leak and staff did not find any evidence of a leak at that time.

In an overabundance of caution, WASD has initiated water sample testing to be conducted by the Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources (RER) – less than 24 hours after being notified of this leak through the Notice of Intent. It is important to note that this water is fully treated and meets all Environmental Protection Agency and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection standards regarding the public's health and the environment.

In fact, the Florida Department of Health tests Miami-Dade County beaches weekly and there have been no health advisories issued related to non-compliance with water standards to date that coincide with the report’s video footage.

While there are no standard requirements for testing the outfall pipes, the department had already been in the process of scheduling a full inspection of the Central District pipe, as well as the North District Outfall pipe prior to this notice of intent. As part of the department’s Capital Improvement Program, the use of ocean outfalls will be discontinued in the next few years.

WASD has scheduled an emergency pre-bid meeting this afternoon to mobilize contractors to expedite the assessment of the status of the pipe and provide recommended repairs as necessary.

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.