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For Immediate Release:
November 18, 2013
Media Contact:
Jennifer L. Messemer

Certified pump stations end moratorium, will result in Economic Impact

(MIAMI, November 18, 2013) – The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) is pleased to announce that as of November 15th, Pump Stations 9 and 11, which are located in Coconut Grove, are officially certified to receive additional flows to the sewer system. This is ahead of the November 30th deadline agreed upon by the City of Miami and the County. 

Pump Station 11 has been out of compliance since April 27, 2012 and Pump Station 9 has been out of compliance since October 30, 2012. As a result, a moratorium was instituted preventing new businesses from opening in the areas served by these specific pump stations. Allowing additional businesses to open and impact the pump stations’ capacity could have resulted in sewer failures. Failures of the pumps stations can cause significant impact on the environment such as raw wastewater being discharged. 

WASD Director John W. Renfrow said pump stations and their capacity issues are a vital component of many department projects such as the Multi-Year Capital Improvement Plan, the Consent Decree and the Pump Station Improvement Program. 

“The certifications of these pump stations lifts the moratorium that had delayed development in the Coconut Grove and Coral Gables areas.  We continue to address issues throughout our service area so that such conditions are further eliminated,” he said.

Impacted businesses may now open, which will bring much needed additional economic impact to the local community. 

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