Why Should I Care About Clean Water?

August 18, 2016

It's a valid question. Why should you care about clean water? If you are like many people, your water comes from a plastic bottle you've picked up at a grocery store or a quick stop. There are few people who still get a glass of water from their kitchen sink.

The people of Flint would probably argue with you. Even if you don't drink from the tap, you do cook, shower, wash your face and hands, brush your teeth ... basically there are a thousand other ways you probably ingest water every day. Additionally, as a resident of Miami-Dade County, you are surrounded by our beautiful ocean, and live in a county lined with canals. This is the basic truth the people of Florida cannot escape. And, back to Flint, we've learned what happens when your water isn't safeguarded. The lead levels in Michigan caused everything from deadly illness, lower test scores, it even effected criminal behavior. So clearly the answer is--you should care about clean water. You should care a lot.

Miami-Dade's Water and Sewer Department (WASD) has announced a Capital Improvement Program (CIP), the largest in the history of Miami-Dade County, to improve the water and wastewater infrastructure throughout the county. We're talking state-of-the art here, folks. Another notch in the "win count" is that this plan means thousands of new jobs and a surge of economic output. So not only are we getting clean water, we're also getting jobs and more money in our economy. I believe we just made the epic win list.

Wastewater treatment isn't the most fun thing to discuss, but it means a great deal to an economy dependent on tourists and industries reliant on clean waterways. By 2025, WASD must stop the use of its two ocean outfalls, which send treated wastewater about three miles into the ocean.

Our water is coming from the Biscayne Aquifer. It's tested more than two hundred thousand times a year to ensure compliance with federal, state and local drinking water standards. We have clean water. We may have to pay for this reliable, safe resource, even pay a bit more than we currently are, but the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department is making sure that the "clean" water we are using will keep us healthy and not harm the generations to come.

So not only should we care about clean water, we now know that the county cares as well.

To learn more about the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Capital Improvement Program visit the department's website and make sure to follow @miamidadewater on Twitter.