Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department wins second consecutive Utility of the Future Today Award
Today the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) has received national recognition as a utility that displays Leadership in Transforming Utility Operations by receiving the Utility of the Future Today designation in the category of Community Partnership and Engagement. This is the second consecutive year receiving this honor. Last year WASD was recognized in areas that included Energy Generation and Recovery and Watershed Stewardship.
The Utility of the Future Today concept is being promoted as the nation’s water system faces challenges such as aging infrastructure, water pollution, workforce shortages, and impacts of climate change, including drought, floods, storms, and sea level rise. The 25 utilities recognized in 2017 are transforming operations to meet challenges by recovering resources, engaging in the community, forming untraditional partnerships, and building an internal culture of innovation.
“Receiving this designation is truly an honor,” said WASD Director Lester Sola. “Being highlighted by industry organizations validates WASD and our commitment to not only improving our utility, and as a result our service to our customers, but as being a forward-thinking, innovative utility providing resilient and value-added service to Miami-Dade County.
The Utility of the Future Today program was launched in 2016 by four water sector organizations—the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) and WateReuse, with input from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
“The innovations coming to the water sector present an opportunity for a paradigm shift in the way utilities think about and solve long-standing challenges to clean and reliable water,” said Eileen O’Neill, Executive Director of the Water Environment Federation. “WEF is excited to recognize the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department for embracing innovative ways to better serve their communities.”
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.