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The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department’s Capital Improvement Plan will bring upgrades to the thousands of miles of pipes and water and wastewater treatment plants that provide you high quality drinking water and wastewater services.

Your home’s water bill will remain among the lowest in Florida. Improved infrastructure will lead to greater efficiency and reliability. More modern technology will result in fewer expensive emergency repairs. All for just pennies more a day, our water is worth it.

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Chart that shows the Estimated Monthly Water & Sewer Cost for the Average Customer in several Florida cities and counties for fiscal year 2013-14.

Water rates in Miami-Dade have been among the lowest in the U.S. for many years – and among the lowest in the state of Florida.

As part of these capital improvements, the average customer (who uses 6,750 gallons a month) will see their bill go up $3.36 a month,
starting October 1, 2013.

Even with an 8 percent increase, Miami-Dade County still ranks among the lowest rates in Florida.

Some of Miami-Dade's pipes are as much as 80 years old. Weaker, older pipes lead to more failures, service losses and the need for emergency repairs, which can cost 10 times more than planned repairs.

By increasing the quality and reliability of our water and sewer system, delivery and efficiency improves; emergency system failures decrease; and a crucial investment is made for one of life’s essential needs.

Some Miami-Dade pipes are 80 years old.
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Economic Development
Photographs of the Seybold Building and old Sears building, Downtown Miami. Courtesy of the Miami News Collection, HistoryMiami.

Miami-Dade’s wastewater system is at such high capacity in some portions of the County that new businesses requiring new sewer connections simply cannot open. And businesses dependent on aging infrastructure face the threat of an emergency situation on any given day.

Using modern technology, capacity can increase to reflect population and economic growth, supporting this dynamic area’s economic development and revitalization.

Miami-Dade County residents value their high quality drinking water and wastewater disposal services. The water is tested regularly to ensure the County is providing high quality drinking water that meets or exceeds local, state and federal standards, while protecting the public health.

Residents’ value is also seen in their conservation efforts. In fact, Miami-Dade County in June 2013 won the Excellence in Water Conservation Award from Audubon Florida for efforts in caring for our water resources and promoting water conservation.

Chart that shows the cost of the Capital Improvement Plan.

In order to continue to fulfill the vision of continuous delivery of high quality drinking water and wastewater services in compliance with all regulatory requirements, Miami-Dade County has planned a systematic and responsible multi-year capital improvement plan. The plan will provide necessary upgrades to the system. Read more.

The Water and Sewer Department has entered into a mandated Consent Decree with the state and federal government and is committing to making improvements to the wastewater collection and treatment system totaling $1.6 billion over the next 15 years.

The multi-year capital plan, which includes future planned projects, details needs for both water and sewer infrastructure improvements that are required over the course of the next 15-20 years.