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Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department asks public to avoid outside irrigation during forecasted heavy rain event today and Thursday

MIAMI (October 04, 2017)

The National Weather Service (NWS) has forecasted enhanced heavy rainfall beginning tonight and lasting in to early Friday morning, which could lead to flooding, especially in the coastal areas exacerbated by high tides. As a result, the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) is asking the public to avoid outside irrigation during the rain event, continuing through at least the middle of next week.

“Make sure if your irrigation systems are on timers to turn them off so water isn’t wasted watering your lawn when it has already received plenty of rainwater,” said WASD Director Lester Sola.

Another suggestion is to decrease your water consumption during the next couple of rainy days to avoid overburdening the wastewater system. During extreme rain events, more water than normal is entering the collection system, so it would be helpful if residents could reduce consumption by making sure they are only running full loads of laundry in the washing machine and dishes in the dishwasher.

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.