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Ocean Outfall Legislation Compliance Plan

In 2008, the Florida Legislature approved and the governor signed a law requiring all wastewater utilizing ocean outfalls (OOL) for disposal of treated wastewater to:

  • Reduce nutrient discharges by implementing advanced wastewater treatment by 2018 or equivalent
  • Cease using the outfalls by 2025
  • Reuse 60 percent of the wastewater flows by 2025 

The statute was amended in 2013 to provide greater flexibility to meet the reuse requirements and to allow continued use of the outfalls for managing peak sewage flows not to exceed 5 percent of the annual baseline flows.

Because of this law, the WASD has analyzed several compliance options. Each option includes additional system capacity to meet future average daily and peak flow demands. After considering several options, the WASD’s recommended option includes a new West District plant and upgrades to the existing three wastewater treatment plants. The upgrades will include the addition of deep injection wells and high-level disinfection treatment.

  • North Miami Avenue System Betterment Project

    This two-year project, scheduled to be completed in early 2019, will provide necessary water and sewer upgrades to the Design District, Midtown, Wynwood and Overtown neighborhoods in the City of Miami.

    Construction hours may vary; however, regular construction hours are from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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