• Sally B. Philips

Water Restrictions are in Effect Vol. 1, No. 13

(1) Outdoor Water Restrictions April 21, 2020

Outdoor water use, including irrigation, consumes half of a home’s overall water usage. The Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Department (WASD) offers free landscape assessments to homes that have a functioning in-ground irrigation system in place regardless of water source. If homeowners implement assessment recommendations, they can earn up to $500 a year for five years in rebates.

WASD also has many indoor rebate options that can help customers conserve water and lower their water bill such as replacing toilets and showerheads with high efficiency models. For more information on all of WASD’s rebates,visit the department’s Conservation page.

  • Watering is not allowed between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

  • Hand-watering with one hose fitted with an automatic shut-off nozzle is allowed for 10 minutes per day for landscape stress relief and to prevent plant die-off.

  • Restrictions apply to all users of any water resource within Miami-Dade County, whether from publicly or privately owned water utility sewer systems, private wells or private connections to surface water bodies.

Residents and businesses with an ODD-numbered street address (ending in 1, 3, 5, 7, 9):

  • Lawn watering is permitted on WEDNESDAYS and SATURDAYS before  7 a.m. and after 7 p.m.

Residents and businesses with an EVEN-numbered street address (ending in 0, 2, 4, 6, 8*), no street address, or who water both even and odd addresses within the same zones, including multi-family units and Homeowner Associations:

  • Lawn watering is permitted on THURSDAYS and SUNDAYS before 7 a.m. and after 7 p.m.

Residents should choose from one of two "watering windows" (before 7 a.m. or after 7 p.m.) on their designated irrigation days. For the most efficient use of water, residents should avoid irrigating during both time periods on the same day.

To report a water restriction violation, submit a 311 service request online by selecting the All tab, then choosing Other, or call 311.

(2) Another piece of information that I have mentioned before is: in-home testing is now available to people in South Miami. In order to get this service, a person must be symptomatic (fever, dry cough, shortness of breath) and home-bound - either 65 or over, or disabled. The service is by appointment only. Call early - starting at 9 am: (305) 499-8767.

(3) CASE DATA FOR MIAMI-DADE (as of 4/20/2020 at 6:30 pm)

Total Cases: 9,657 Conditions and Care  Residents: 9,546 Deaths: 223 Residents Not in Florida: 1 Hospitalizations* Non-Residents: 110 Residents: 939

Non-Residents: 10

Demographics of Cases

Age: Gender:   Age Range: 0 to 105 Male: 4,916  (51%) Median Age: 49 Female: 4,567  (48%) Unknown/No data: 64 (<1%)

Race:  Black: 1,206  (13%) Ethnicity: White: 4,215  (44%) Hispanic: 3,956  (41%) Other: 380   (4%) Not-Hispanic: 1,724  (18%) Unknown/No Data: 3,746 (39%) Unknown/No Data: 3,867  (41%)

Cases in 33143: 230 (about 2.4% of all the cases in Miami-Dade Country)

About 33143: Post Office Area Name: Miami Includes all or part of the following municipalities:  Coral Gables, Pinecrest,

South Miami*, Glenvar Heights, Kendall, Olympia Heights, Sunset, Miami

* the population of South Miami is 0.45% of Miami-Dade County

If the cases in Miami-Dade County were evenly dispersed in the population, then about 43 cases would be in South Miami.

(4) All evictions and foreclosures are suspended until May 17.

Take care and be safe.

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