Project Details

Miami Dade Water and Sewer Department

Coral Gables, FL


Woolpert led the project to develop a comprehensive capacity, management, operations and maintenance program (CMOM) for the Miami-Dade Water, Wastewater and Sewer Department (MDWASD), the largest utility in the southeastern United States.

MDWASD is responsible for providing high-quality drinking water and wastewater disposal services to  2.6 million residents, businesses and visitors. Under a federal consent decree since the 1990s, Miami-Dade County was required to expand its CMOM program to better control sewer overflows and address the resiliency and sustainability of its system.

Woolpert designed a CMOM program that included the following components:

  • Sewer system asset management
  • Information management system
  • Sewer overflow response plan
  • Pump station operations and preventive maintenance program
  • Force main operations, preventative maintenance and assessment/rehabilitation program
  • Force main rehabilitation and replacement program
  • Force main criticality assessment and prioritization report

Woolpert facilitated numerous meetings to identify the extent of the additional resources needed to meet new/expanded program requirements. The project team also prepared all required documents in 12 months for submittal to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The final element of the CMOM program was approved in April 2018, and it triggered the initiation of a six- to eight-year period to complete full implementation of the program. The EPA and the state will scrutinize the county’s performance, primarily monitoring reported sewer overflows.