I just received an email from the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department pertaining to our county’s water pipes being “spring cleaned” in the middle of fall! It is good information, so I am copying it verbatim, just in case you missed it!
The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) conducts its spring cleaning in November. From Nov. 8-21, the department will temporarily change the method used to chlorinate the drinking water supply at its water treatment plants.
Specifically, free chlorine, instead of the standard combined chlorine (chloramine), will be used during the treatment process. Free chlorine is considered an effective method of cleansing water distribution systems. This routine procedure is regularly scheduled each year in partnership with the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County and the Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources (RER).
During this required two-week period, some customers may notice a chlorine taste or smell. This temporary condition will not cause any adverse health effects. However, dialysis patients, owners of tropical fish, and managers of restaurants and stores with fish holding tanks are encouraged to seek professional advice.
WASD crews will be flushing water lines throughout the County during these two-weeks. As a result, there may be intermittent, brief periods of lower than normal water pressure or instances of cloudy water. If you notice cloudy water, let the water run three to five minutes until the water runs clear. This temporary, cosmetic issue does not impact water quality.
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 department's website.