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For Immediate Release:
January 06, 2012
Media Contact:
Adriana Lamar

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Jennifer L. Messemer

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Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Department to replace 54-inch wastewater line system crossing government cut


(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) today announced it will be prioritizing the replacement of the 54-inch force main between the City of Miami Beach and Fisher Island, following a recent inspection conducted as part of WASD's Infrastructure Assessment and Replacement Program.

With the support of Miami Beach Commissioner Edward Tobin, and the cooperation of Miami Beach staff, a condition assessment was conducted using state-of-the-art technology that recently became available for wastewater lines. It showed that the 54-inch pipe that carries wastewater from the City of Miami Beach and Northern municipalities to the Central District Wastewater Treatment Plant on Virginia Key has several critical segments that need replacement.

''We're working closely with City of Miami Beach officials to ensure that the overall integrity of the system is maintained,'' said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. ''This project entails coordination between Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami Beach to ensure a quick resolution,'' added Gimenez.

Work has already begun to deepen the 54-inch line beneath Government Cut prior to the start of the Army Corps of Engineers' Federal Navigation Channel Dredging Project, which will deepen Government Cut and Fisherman's Channel. As a result of the recent findings, WASD is developing plans to replace the entire portion of its 54-inch force main between Miami Beach and Fisher Island.

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 www.miamidade.gov/water.