UPDATE: Feb 27, 5pm:
We spoke with a spokeswoman for Miami-Dade Water and Sewer and here are the updates received:
– The source of the spill (3rd party operator busted a pipe) was fixed late on Saturday
– No ongoing spillage onto the Miami Canal.
– The warning area was expanded after they retrieved the bursted pipe and estimated the amount of gallons that were discharged into the canal system.
– No risk to drinking water or the Miami Springs well fields.
– The warning signs will be removed once Miami-Dade DERM (Dept of Environmental Resource Management) conducts two consecutive days of compliant standard testing.
– This is a similar process as to when they re-open a beach after a sewage spill.
ORIGINAL POST: Feb 27, 11am:
There have been signs posted along the Miami Canal advising residents not to swim or fish in the Miami Canal due to contaminated water.
The City of Miami Springs issued an alert indicating that there had been a wastewater spill that entered a nearby canal on Saturday, February 25th up river near 11701 West Okeechobee Road.
According to the City of Miami springs, the no contact advisory extends one mile upstream from the incident location and 7.5 miles downstream towards the intersection of NW 36th Street and the Miami Canal.
In other words, the entire Miami Canal bordering the City of Miami Springs should be avoided.
Of course, many quesitons remain. Has the spill been fixed? What was the nature of the spill? Will this spill impact our underground aquifer and the Miami Springs well fields that feed the Miami-Dade Water Treatment Plant along Okeechobee Road? How long will the no swim, no fish order be in place?
We have reached out to Miami-Dade Water and Sewer and Miami-Dade Department of Environmental Resources Management to get more information about this spill and its impact to residents and wildlife. We’ll keep you posted once we have more information on the matter.