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For Immediate Release:
September 30, 2013
Media Contact:
Jennifer L. Messemer


Luis Espinosa


Olga Connor


A swimming advisory is in effect for the Inter-coastal Waterway and Biscayne Bay between William Lehman Causeway and the Haulover Inlet

(MIAMI, September 30, 2013) – An 18-inch sewer force main ruptured Sunday, September 29th at 7000 Island Blvd. The force main resulted in approximately 250,000 gallons of sewage spilled with some making contact into surface waters. As a precautionary measure, a public advisory is in effect to avoid contact with water including swimming and recreational activities in the waters of the Inter-coastal waterway and Biscayne Bay between William Lehman Causeway to the north and Haulover Inlet to the South. This would include the waters of Maule Lake, Little Maule Lake, Dumbfoundling Bay, Oleta River State Park, and the Intracoastal Waterway between 193rd Street and Haulover Inlet (see map attached). The Department of Health and the Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources are testing the affected waters and the advisory remains in effect until test results are clear and we are working closely with all the regulatory agencies to minimize or prevent any further impacts to the environment and the general public.