A recently ruptured sewer pipe that carries 10 million gallons of sewage every day continues leaking human waste into the Oleta River even after emergency work to build a bypass failed.
The large break in the pipe continues to grow and local contractors are racing to repair in order to lift the “no swim” advisory.
Debris needed to be removed from the spot where the pipe ruptured, but as this continued the break starting growing larger. An estimated more than one million gallons had spilled from the pipe in a matter of four days.
In an attempt to fix, crews found that the access point they were planning on closing the sewage flow at was too fragile. Many were concerned that if they continued repairing in that spot, the pipe could break again.
To lower the amount of sewage flowing through the breached pipe, Miami-Dade asked residents of Northeast Dade to reduce water usage. Residents of North Miami, North Miami Beach, Aventura, Bal Harbour, and Sunny Isles Beach were asked to cut down on showers, laundry, running the dishwasher, and other tasks using large amounts of water until the leak is stopped.
Testing in the affected areas showed that water was still at safe levels during the week, but the department didn’t provide details of the results.
Crews will continue working on a plan to make the spills subside.
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