As the hurricane season officially begins June 1, the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department is prepared to deliver essential services throughout the season. Our staff is committed to providing safe, top-quality drinking water and reliable sewer services to our more than 2.4 million customers year-round.
The Department has taken steps to ensure that our resources are sufficient to meet the needs of our customers. We have fuel and water treatment supply reserves to operate on auxiliary power at the three water plants without interrupting service for two weeks without supplemental deliveries.
In advance of the South Florida region experiencing tropical storm force winds, the Department’s treatment plants will transfer to generator power, so plant operations are not impacted by electrical fluctuations and outages.
Despite it being hurricane season, residents can remain conservation minded by using water jugs and other containers on hand to store Miami-Dade tap water. It is also more cost-effective than spending money on single-use water bottles during each storm event.
As the 2023 hurricane season approaches, review Miami-Dade County’s Hurricane Guide for tips and other important information to stay prepared well in advance of a storm.
- Make sure to have one gallon of water per person and pet per day for seven days.
- Refill and use water jugs and other containers on-hand with Miami-Dade County tap water once a hurricane warning is announced.
- Take advantage of purchasing reusable water containers and other supplies during the Hurricane Supply Tax-free Week scheduled through June 9.
During/After storm tips:
- Keep manhole covers closed. Opening manhole covers can temporarily alleviate the local flood impact, but it introduces additional water to the sewer system and can cause overflows.
- While the Department is prepared to service Miami-Dade County before, during and after a storm, it is recommended that residents minimize water usage after a storm so as not to overly impact the water system should pressure be lower than normal.
- If you see something, say something:
- Report flooding in your neighborhood by dialing 311 in Miami-Dade, and report damage to your home or property via the Neighborhood Damage Assessment Form online or by calling 311.
- Following a storm, if the water initially comes out cloudy, let the faucet run until it clears. The water is safe to drink.
- Due to the storm and changes in water pressure, calcium carbonate -a safe by-product from our water treatment process, also found in milk, settles at the bottom of the pipes, and can cause temporary, cosmetic change to the water’s appearance.
- If you have questions about water quality, please call 786-552-4738 if you live north of Southwest Eighth Street and 786-552-4181 if you live south of Southwest Eighth Street.
- Please refrain from using water to hose off debris after the storm. Instead, bag up the debris rather than hosing it into storm drains to minimize street flooding resulting from clogged storm drains.
It is the priority of the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department to provide safe, reliable service to its customers.
Learn how to store tap water when a hurricane warning is announced.