Miami — The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) system selected engineering firm Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc. (LAN) as program management consultant for its comprehensive water infrastructure and assessment program. LAN, along with sub-consultants CDM Smith and Milian Swain and Associates, will devise and establish a comprehensive program to evaluate and rehabilitate Miami-Dade County’s water transmission and distribution mains.
WASD is the largest water utility in the Southeast U.S. and the seventh largest in the country, serving more than 420,000 retail customers and 15 municipal wholesale customers
As part of this three-year contract, LAN will provide the following services:
- Asset Inventory: Updating the County’s inventory of more than 7,700 miles of water transmission and distribution mains of all diameter sizes.
- Valuation: Analyzing the water transmission and distribution mains using hydraulic modeling and Geographic Information System (GIS) data.
- Condition Assessment: Determining the condition of the water mains through observation, manned entry assessments and indirect monitoring.
- Prioritization: Prioritizing water mains that need remediation based on technical, environmental and societal criteria.
- Technical Support: Providing the County with technical support for the repairing/replacing/rehabilitating of the deteriorated water mains.
“By proactively identifying and rehabilitating the most critical areas of the County’s infrastructure, we will be able to provide better service to our residents and businesses while preventing costly system failures and service disruptions,” said Luis Aguiar, Assistant Director of Water System Operations for WASD.
“Establishing this program will provide a cost-effective method to rehabilitate the County’s critical infrastructure and extend its useful life,” said Rafael Ortega, P.E., LAN’s vice president and the project’s program manager.