Miami-Dade County and EPA to sign $100 million loan agreement to fund new injection wells at wastewater treatment plants
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler will award the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) one of the first allocations from its Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program Friday, April 5, 2019, at 10 a.m. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez and Mr. Wheeler will sign the nearly $100 million low interest loan agreement at WASD’s South District Wastewater Treatment Plant located at 8950 SW 232 St., Miami.
This loan will fund a significant portion of constructing 14 new injection wells at WASD’s three wastewater treatment plants some of which capture treated wastewater that is currently discharged to the ocean. When the construction of this project and all necessary associated facilities is complete, Miami-Dade County will comply with state regulatory requirements.
“On behalf of Miami-Dade County, we are proud to be one of the first recipients of this national program’s funding,” said Mayor Gimenez. “This funding will support a project that will enhance the resilience of our sewer system and address the impact of sea level rise. WASD is already being considered for another WIFIA award, so we look forward to a continued partnership with the EPA.”
The construction of these injection wells is one of the hundreds of projects that WASD is undertaking as part of its multiyear Capital Improvement Program (CIP).
“The combination of aging infrastructure, new regulatory requirements and the unique ecology of South Florida requires that we operate a more resilient water and sewer system,” said WASD Director Kevin Lynskey. “To achieve this, the department has undertaken one of the largest capital improvement programs in the nation. With WIFIA’s financing, the EPA becomes a very valuable partner in addressing national critical infrastructure goals.”
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 WASD website.