This Tuesday August 2n/a2022, State Senator Ileana Garcia and City of West Miami Mayor Diaz-Padron attended the 10:00 a.m. groundbreaking for the Phase $2,000,000 Drinking Water Replacement Project III that Senator Garcia worked to secure.
The city council conducted a study in 2015 with a grant from the Florida Department of Economic Protection (FDEP). This resulted in a thorough investigation of the city-wide drinking water system to identify faults and establish a procedure for improvement in the municipality. Currently, the 50-year-old structure cannot maintain its current size or the expected future increase in the number of residents. The city has seen a steady increase in population and these numbers are only expected to swell further. Not only is the system under-engineered, but there is persistent documentation of perpetual leaks, recurring failures, service interruptions and deterioration of basic work leading to potential pollution. With that in mind, Senator Garcia ensured that state funding was used to develop massive improvements for the initiative.
The renovations are expected to reduce the amount of potable water seeping through cracks in the aging structure and are expected to conserve approximately 150 million gallons of water.
“Water quality improvements are badly needed in South Florida. I had the pleasure of working with Rep. Demi Busatta Cabrera and Mayor Diaz-Padron to provide the City of West Miami with $2,000,000 in public funding for the city to complete this much needed water system upgrade. drinkable. This project will not only conserve millions of gallons of water, but it will also improve water pressure for West Miami residents,” said Sen. Garcia.
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