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Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department offers tips in advance of Hurricane Irma

MIAMI (September 06, 2017)

As Hurricane Irma continues to make its way through the Atlantic and possibly impact South Florida, the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) wants residents to prepare in advance of the storm.

Fill containers with water. Each household should plan on having one gallon of water per person or pet per day for a minimum of three days. Miami-Dade’s water meets or exceeds all local, state and federal guidelines.

The department has made extensive upgrades to both its water and sewer treatment plants since Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Enough generators and supplies are located at each plant to run on auxiliary power without a supply delivery for up to 60 days.

“Our most recent significant test was in 2005 when South Florida was impacted by Katrina, Rita and Wilma and we never lost any service capacity at any of our plants,” said WASD Director Lester Sola.

Residents should also minimize water usage after the storm, to not overly impact the wastewater system should pressure be lower than normal conditions.

“WASD is prepared to service Miami-Dade County before, during and after the storm,” said Sola.

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.