Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department celebrates Drinking Water Week


The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) treats and delivers more than 300 million gallons of water to more than 2.4 million residents and visitors daily – that’s enough water to fill the Freedom Tower twice.

WASD, along with water utilities across the nation and partners throughout the world, is celebrating Drinking Water Week (May 1-7) to remind consumers how vital this natural resource is, and the important role water professionals play in ensuring that residents receive safe, potable drinking water. This year’s theme is “There when you need it.”

“Weeks like these are great reminders to never take for granted one of the most critical resources for our community and wellbeing. Water is life, health and also our economy; protecting it is protecting ourselves and our families,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava. “I am grateful for all our water professionals that work day and night to deliver safe drinking water to Miami-Dade’s residents and visitors.”

It is also important to have dependable infrastructure to deliver the water. WASD is approximately half-way through its multi-billion-dollar Capital Improvement Program, which will improve water pressure within the system, and in many cases increase capacity that will allow for current businesses to expand and new businesses to open, adding positive economic impact to Miami-Dade County.

“Our purpose is public health and our water professionals work around the clock to consistently provide high-quality water services to our community,” said WASD Director Roy Coley. “If a water pipe breaks, crews immediately mobilize to make repairs. Our lab staff samples and tests water throughout the treatment and distribution system more than 150,000 times a year to ensure its compliance with local, state, and federal drinking water requirements.

“Drinking Water Week is a great opportunity for us to reflect on the importance that water plays in our lives. We recognize the significant work we do which is why our team remains committed to continually enhancing our system, while also future-proofing our infrastructure so that we can better conserve water and improve the services we provide our residents every day.”

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 department’s website.

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