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Septic to Sanitary Connection

The process of abandoning a septic tank and installing a new sewer lateral in Miami Dade county is simple.  The homeowner must retain a civil engineer for design services.  Typically the septic tank must be pumped out,  cleaned and filled with sand then certified to the local health department.

The hard part is connecting to the county owned sewage collection system. Allocate a minimum of six months get the work completed and conveyed. MDWASD uses the e-builder tracking software. That software tracks all aspects including As-built acceptance.

In some cases the homeowner simply cannot connect to an existing sewer line due to utility conflicts and/or elevation differences.

The following pictures show utility conflicts during a new commercial sewer lateral installation.  We resolved those conflicts because we had an additional 24″ of cover along the alignment.

New fire service connection

Installing a new fire line connection or fire service in Miami Dade county requires significant planning and administrative paperwork. General contractors or fire sprinkler companies do not realize that a new fire connection requires coordination and conveyance from the local utility company. The building department provides a general review and approval but the utility company… Continue Reading

Water and Sewer connections in Miami Beach

The installation cost for water and sewer service laterals or new service connections in Miami Beach are significantly higher than most other municipalities in Dade county because the water level is so high.  The majority of the utility work is underwater. The Contractor needs to de-water  within a very tight corridor, usually within an alley… Continue Reading

New Watermain testing requirements

Miami Dade Water and Sewer department requires the contractor to test water valves prior to service. They typically request the engineer  to show new valves  spaced 600′ apart.   We test all valves including new fire connections or fire hydrant installation.  The reason for that is when you test the actual watermain you can  rule… Continue Reading

New Water service

A new water service connection in Miami Dade County typically consist of a new tap to the existing waterline in the roadway. Then the contractor installs a backflow device and finally the actual water service line for the building. Shown below is a new 2″ water service for a commercial project in North Miami.  The… Continue Reading

New sewer service lateral

When connecting to an existing Miami Dade Water and Sewer Department  (MDWASD) sewer line. The utility company will require you to install a clean out.  The cleanout is typically a section of PVC pipe with a round removable access cap.  When located in the sidewalk away from a driveway the cleanout is installed inside of… Continue Reading

Stormwater certification South Broward Drainage District

One of the services that we provide is the 5 year certification for stormwater systems.  We are very familiar with the South Broward Drainage District  5 year operations and maintenance permit and engineers certification. The process requires a civil engineer to inspect the site and arrange for the cleaning of all storm water boxes, catch… Continue Reading