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MIAMI DADE COUNTY WATER AND SEWER DEPARTMENT'S CMOM PROGRAM: WHERE ARE THEY TODAY AND WHERE DO THEY NEED TO GO?

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Abstract:

Miami Dade Water and Sewer Department MDWASD is the sixth largest public utility in the United States, providing direct service to over 365,000 retail customers. Wholesale water service is provided to fourteen (14) municipalities and wholesale sewer service is provided to twelve (12) of the county's twenty-nine (29) municipalities. The County's current population of two (2) million is expected to reach three (3) million by 2015.

Brown and Caldwell is assembling Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Department's (WASD) existing capacity, management, operation and maintenance (CMOM) programs into a comprehensive summary document that meets the EPA's proposed program, while at the same time supports WASD's Peak Flow Management Strategy. WASD has been operating under two federal consent decrees since 1994. During that time, WASD has developed and implemented numerous management, operation and maintenance programs that have resulted in an increased rate of compliance, a substantial reduction in the number of sanitary sewer overflows; and, an increased utility efficiency.

MDWASD wants to continue to improve its operational capabilities and stay ahead of the regulatory process. The purpose of this project is to bring all of the WASD's management, operation and maintenance programs, together with the supporting standard procedures, into a summary document. This document will assist the department in identifying what areas the department is lacking and where they have done a good job.

This paper will present the results of the CMOM activity and where MDWASD will focus its efforts for improvements. It will also explain how its efforts related to CMOM compare with the draft EPA's proposed National Pollutant Discharge System Regulation, 40 CFR 122.42(e) requirements.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2175/193864703784641784

Publication date: January 1, 2003

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