Sewer Spill Contained, No Contact with Water for Oleta River State Park, Haulover Beach and Intracoastal area remains in effect
MIAMI ( August 17, 2019 ) —
The sewer spill located more 12 feet under water at 2500 NE 163 St. has now been contained. By 3 a.m. Saturday morning, the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department’s (WASD) emergency contractor successfully installed a suction device that collects the wastewater exiting the two-inch by three-inch leak from the 48-inch wastewater pipe and reroute it into the sanitary sewer system.
The precautionary advisory to avoid contact with the water remains in effect. As of the spill’s containment, approximately 1.6 million gallons had passed through the leak since Sunday.
This temporary fix permits contractors to continue to work on the installation of the by-pass line, which will isolate the damaged portion of the wastewater pipe for a permanent repair.
WASD staff continues to request that residents in the cities of Sunny Isles Beach, Golden Beach and North Miami Beach to 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.
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.
Results from the testing at the beach sites have indicated compliance throughout the week and the remaining sample sites continue to be monitored.
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.
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.