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For Immediate Release:
February 06, 2014
Media Contact:
Jennifer L. Messemer

Water Pipe Replacement May Result in Lower than Normal Water Pressure

(MIAMI, February 6, 2014) – As part of the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD)’s Infrastructure Assessment and Replacement Program, crews will be performing an emergency water pipe replacement from 9 p.m. Saturday, February 8th through 9 a.m. Sunday, February 9th at Southwest 87th Avenue and Southwest 107th Street and at Southwest 87th Avenue and 132nd Street. 

There will be temporary traffic detours at the construction sites and residents may experience lower than normal water pressure for that one night. 

This pipe being replaced is in excess of 50 years old and is in a deteriorated state. By proactively replacing it in a controlled environment, the department is decreasing the chance of a catastrophic pipe failure that would impact the immediate construction areas, as well as a large portion of southern Miami-Dade County for a prolonged period of time. 

Advantages related to the installation of a new pipe include improved service delivery and reliability to the area, as well as enhanced fire protection by maintaining standard water pressure in the system and an environmental benefit of decreasing the loss of water through leaks in the pipe. 

Repairing and replacing pipes before they fail is also less expensive. There can be a cost savings by as much as 10 times the cost of an emergency repair when proactively replacing pipes. 

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