Miami-Dade Commissioners Hold Meeting on Proposed Upgrade to Water and Sewer System

The upgrade would be financed by an 8 percent rate increase which would translate into a $3.36 hike for the average customer.

By Myriam Masihy
|  Thursday, May 16, 2013  |  Updated 5:37 PM EDT
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Miami-Dade commissioners held an emergency meeting Thursday to discuss a proposed $4.2 billion funding plan to upgrade the county's water and sewer system.

The upgrade would be financed by an 8 percent rate increase which would translate into a $3.36 hike for the average customer.

Mayor Carlos Jimenez urged commissioners to move forward saying last year the county was hit with a federal lawsuit for violating the clean water act.

He also cited that in the past five years, the collection system has experienced 798 overflows and that most of the water and sewer pipes are more than 50 years old. 

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