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Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department temporarily changes its water chlorination method for two-week period beginning Nov. 8

MIAMI ( November 05, 2021 )

The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) conducts its Spring cleaning in November. From November 8 - 21, the department will temporarily change the method used to chlorinate the drinking water supply at its water treatment plants. This routine procedure is regularly scheduled each year in partnership with the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County and the Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources (RER).

Specifically, free chlorine, instead of the standard combined chlorine (chloramine), will be used during the treatment process. Free chlorine is considered an effective method of cleansing water distribution systems.

During this required two-week period, some customers may notice a chlorine taste or smell. This temporary condition will not cause any adverse health effects. However, dialysis patients, owners of tropical fish, and managers of restaurants and stores with fish holding tanks are encouraged to seek professional advice.

WASD crews will be flushing water lines throughout the County during this two-week period. As a result, there may be intermittent, brief periods of lower-than-normal water pressure or instances of cloudy water. If you notice cloudy water, let the water run three to five minutes until the water runs clear. This temporary, cosmetic issue does not impact water quality.

Should you have questions about your water quality, you can call the department’s Laboratory Division. Customers who live north of Southwest Eighth Street should call 786-552-4738. If you live south of Southwest Eighth Street, call 786-552-4181.

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 the WASD website.