Paying Homage: Miami Steadfast Sewer Itinerary

Jun 28

Paying Homage: Miami Steadfast Sewer Itinerary

The city of Miami has been investing in viable options for sewer repair and replacement of pipelines in a state of disrepair. For years, Miami has been a positive reference for other cities when it comes to learning the best method of keeping water infrastructures operating at a superior level. The city’s efficiency for maintaining the sewer system has not gone unnoticed. Equipped with a comprehensive master plan, Miami’s capital improvement program is in full effect and while hundreds of projects have already been completed, even more are planned for the near future. The projects range from water and sewer line rehabilitation and replacement, enhanced monitoring and data systems integration, to improved energy efficiency. Treatment plant upgrades and expansion are also in the works. Recently, Miami received accolades for its insightful and careful planning for future needs of the city, as it involves water systems and distribution. Additionally, the city is now working on the installation of a large waterline traveling down SW 152 Street, parallel to the Miami Zoo. In addition to this, the construction of a new state-of-the-art advanced metering and fiber-optic emergency response system is debuting. The system is complete with new leak detection technology for over 100 miles of the transmission and distribution system. Within a matter of only months, the new component identified up to 50 leaks, thereby saving over 400 million gallons of water. Because of this advancement, the city was presented with an additional award in water loss management. Did you know that The Miami Zoo is expanding and currently has even more to see? The new section of the Zoo sits on five acres of land. When you visit expect to see black bears, panthers, alligators, crocodiles and more. Interestingly, Florida Panthers are estimated to only have a total population ranging from...

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Miami’s Solutions to Guard against Infrastructure Damage and Climate Change

Mar 01

Miami’s Solutions to Guard against Infrastructure Damage and Climate Change

The city of Miami has demonstrated remarkable resiliency for sewer infrastructures in the Southeast region of Florida. As a coastal city with strong geographical growth constraints, Miami is already experiencing the effects of climate change, including frequent tidal floods. The city is planning a Sea-Level Rise Pilot Program that will use geographic information system data to strengthen innovation and resources for the residents of the city. The geology and topography of Miami make groundwater issues particularly challenging, making flooding issues problematic and frequent. Because of this, strategic and advanced planning becomes a necessity. With the vulnerability of critical infrastructure, a planning committee, a task force of sorts, has been put in place to best prepare for hurricanes and flooding. The committee is expected to become available in all 34 cities in Miami-Dade County. This agenda will be used as a strengthening mechanism for many infrastructures within the city and will help manage coastal areas. Organizing greenTop of FormBottom of Form infrastructure along the coastline is part of the initiative, as well as understanding how green infrastructure like sand dunes, coral reefs and mangroves can reduce potential damages due to storm surge. What appears to be minor flooding can have a big impact on drainage and water flows, primarily due to the very flat terrain. Miami Beach—where flooding impacts have been more pressing—has self-financed investment in flood pumps and elevating roads. This accommodation required raising sewer fees in certain areas of the city. However, residents have been receptive to Miami’s efforts in implementing coastal infrastructure protection measures. The agenda is also expected to be a helpful tool for the economic stability of the region. Miami continues to be viewed as a trendsetter on sea-level rise and climate change solutions. Interesting fact: A house built above storm surge height will make the property more resilient when facing long-term risks from higher sea...

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Miami’s Shifting Sea Wall Elevation and Waterfront Homes

Jun 23

Miami’s Shifting Sea Wall Elevation and Waterfront Homes

In Miami, many tourists and residents alike find the charm of the city has a pull of its own.  An array of pleasing characteristics make Miami an ideal place to reside. While beautiful homes surround waterfront lots, there are important factors to consider when looking into local real estate. A question that one may ask: does the street flood during extreme tides? The city is part of a region where climate change will fuel sea-level rise by as much as 10 inches, over the levels of decades ago, by 2030. So ‘will it flood?’ is a buyer’s question. South Florida is home to 6 million people and is projected to grow by 3 million over the next three decades. Most of the estimates of growth rely on the continued enticement of the beaches, waterways and natural environment. Yet, by 2050, an estimated $15 billion to $36 billion of Florida’s coastal property will be threatened by sea-level rise. Additionally, climate change has a role to play, particularly for the resources of roads and sewer lines in low-lying areas, and storm and flood insurance rates. Residents, for those reasons, are now looking for reassurance that their investments will be secure. Many are beginning to realize that protecting people and property from more intense storms, higher temperatures and sea-level rise will require a massive investment in ideas and infrastructure. Currently there are changes to base flood elevation requirements with increases to sea wall elevation. Developers have started marketing storm-resistant homes and resilient buildings, such as a high-rise in downtown Miami designed to withstand 300-mph winds. Coming soon: Perma-Liner Industries is busy making plans for you. We’re planning a Trenchless Tour on July 27th in the New England area. We’ll be posting more information on this spectacular event…stay tuned! Click here to...

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