Those projects are required to meet the service needs of system customers, accommodate future growth and also to comply with Federal and State regulations.
The State of Florida recently passed House Bill 85 regarding public-private partnerships (P3s). The Bill expands the use of P3 to a "facility or project that serves a public purpose.'
Specifically, WASD has plans to launch tender process for the development on design, build and operate (DBO) basis of a Biosolids Processing Facility (BPF). The P3 contract will be for a period of 20 years.
The BPF will be located at the SDWWTP, which is at the south end of Miami-Dade County, near South Miami Dade Landfill and Black Point Marina
The BPF will be designed to receive and process biosolids from the North District Wastewater Treatment Plant (NDWWTP), Central District WWTP (CDWWTP), and South District WWTP (SDWWTP). The BPF will allow WASD to produce a higher quality biosolids product that has greater flexibility in how the material is reused or where it is disposed, thereby lowering disposal costs. It also will provide a solids treatment alternative that is less affected by inclement weather, thus improving operations of all three treatment facilities.
The tender process for the project is expected to be launched in October this year.
See CPI documents:http://www.miamidade.gov/water/other-capital-improvement-projects.asp