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Tomorrow's water wins award today

MIAMI (December 11, 2017)

South Florida may be surrounded by water, but ensuring safe water supplies for future population demands is a challenge that the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) is working on today – and having successful results. The National Groundwater Association (NGWA) has recognized the department’s South Miami Heights Water Treatment Plant Injection Well System and Upper Floridan Aquifer Test Production Well Program as its Outstanding Groundwater Supply Project Award.

As part of WASD’s multi-billion Capital Improvement Program (CIP), which includes a proposed new water treatment plant to be located in South Miami Heights, the department needed to verify if the area was capable of obtaining and utilizing water withdrawn from the Floridan Aquifer. Water from the Floridan Aquifer, withdrawn from a deeper source than the department’s primary water source – the Biscayne Aquifer, is brackish water.

"This award recognizes WASD’s use of science, engineering, and innovation in providing groundwater to an intended end-use," said WASD Director Lester Sola. "Knowing in advance that utilizing water from the Floridan Aquifer is a viable option in this area helps the department continue its mission of researching and employing Alternative Water Supply opportunities and complying with the South Florida Water Management District’s 20-year Water Use Permit.

"WASD is committed to not only providing safe water for our customers today, but planning for our future customers for decades to come."

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.