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Emergency contractor to begin repairs tonight, No Contact with Water for Oleta River State Park, Haulover Beach and Intracoastal area remains in effect

MIAMI ( August 12, 2019 )

An emergency contractor begins work tonight to start temporary repairs to the 48-inch wastewater pipe that broke near 2500 NE 163 St. Sunday. Because the spill is ongoing, the precautionary advisory to avoid recreational water activities including swimming, fishing and boating remains in effect.

The contractor will install a by-pass sewer line and connect it before and after the break points on the 48-inch pipe which is located 12 feet under the water’s surface. The work will be done 24/7 until the spill is contained, which is expected by Thursday night.

While the repairs are completed, the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) staff is requesting that residents in the northeastern portion of the County conserve water to decrease impact to the wastewater system.

The department is unable to turn off the flow to the wastewater line that transports wastewater west to the North District Wastewater Treatment Plant because it would impact sewer service to the cities of Sunny Isles Beach, Golden Beach and the Eastern Shores community of North Miami Beach. These communities will not notice any disruption of service.

Signage has been posted in the affected areas. The boundaries include Maule Lake to the north, the Intracoastal to the east; the Haulover Inlet (including the Haulover Beach just north of the inlet) to the south and the mainland to the west. Other affected areas include Greynolds Park, the Oleta River State Park and beach and the beaches located 500 feet to the north and south of the Haulover Inlet and the beach located in the City of Bal Harbour just south of the Haulover Inlet.

The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County and the Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources are testing the posted waters and the advisory remains in effect until two consecutive days of clear testing occur after repairs are completed.

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.