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UPDATE #3 - No Contact with Water for Oleta River State Park, Haulover Beach and Intracoastal area remains in effect as emergency repair activities continue

MIAMI ( August 16, 2019 )

The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) staff and its emergency contractor continue to work on the emergency worksite repairs to the 48-inch wastewater line that experienced a leak on Sunday. The contractor is working to install a plug to the line that would isolate the broken pipe segment – that is more than 12 feet under the water’s surface.

It was determined that due to the condition of the infrastructure exposed by the contractor Thursday night, further repair options are now being considered to stop the spill, as well as mitigate any additional impacts to the pipe.

The department will continue to update the public, once a revised plan of action has been determined.

Because the spill is ongoing, the precautionary advisory to avoid recreational water activities including swimming, fishing and boating remains in effect. As of 7 p.m. Thursday, the volume of the spill was 1,047,522 gallons that had passed through the two-inch by three-inch break.

WASD staff continues to request that residents in the northeastern portion of the County conserve water to decrease impact to the wastewater system.

The department is unable to turn off the flow to the wastewater line that transports wastewater west to the North District Wastewater Treatment Plant because it would impact sewer service to the cities of Sunny Isles Beach, Golden Beach and the Eastern Shores community of North Miami Beach. These communities will not notice any disruption of service.

The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County and the Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources are testing the posted waters and the advisory remains in effect until two consecutive days of clear testing occur after repairs are completed.

Results from the testing at the beach sites have indicated compliance throughout the week and the remaining sample sites continue to be monitored.

Signage has been posted in the affected areas. The boundaries include Maule Lake to the north, the Intracoastal to the east; the Haulover Inlet (including the Haulover Beach just north of the inlet) to the south and the mainland to the west. Other affected areas include Greynolds Park, the Oleta River State Park and beach and the beaches located 500 feet to the north and south of the Haulover Inlet and the beach located in the City of Bal Harbour just south of the Haulover Inlet.

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.