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This problem is usually caused by planned or unplanned work to the water distribution system causing sediment (calcium carbonate) in the pipes to shift (quite often this produces a dark red or brown color). When such a disturbance occurs, the water may appear unpleasing but it is not harmful to health, and can be cleared by running the first incoming cold water tap (usually in the kitchen) until it clears. If the discoloration does not clear, contact the Winson Water Plant at 305-953-2854.
This is a common problem but is usually not an issue caused by the water itself but one caused by bacteria growth in household plumbing fixtures, in most cases the “p-trap” is the culprit. To determine whether the odor is in fact coming from the cold water tap (which is rare), perform the following sniff test:
If the water in the glass has an objectionable odor, please contact the Winson Water Plant at 305-953-2854.
The City of North Miami’s drinking water is tested around the clock, including hourly, monthly, quarterly, and annually, depending on the parameter in question. Certain contaminants are tested for more frequently than others, as set forth by the Safe Drinking Water Act. For example, we currently analyze 15 parameters of water quality every hour and test over 100 sample sites throughout the city monthly.
Every community water supplier must provide an annual report, called a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) to its customers. The report provides information on your drinking water quality, including the water's source, contaminants found in the water, and how consumers can get involved in protecting and conserving drinking water.
The United States has one of the safest public water supplies in the world and the City of North Miami routinely meets all county, state, and federal guidelines. While the City of North Miami has the utmost confidence in the water it produces and distributes, it is not responsible for household plumbing and therefore only tests the water at the service connection. However, if you are concerned about contaminants in your home’s water system, contact the Florida Department of Health laboratory website to obtain a list of certified laboratories. Depending on how many contaminants you wish to test for, a water test can cost from $15 to hundreds of dollars. The Safe Drinking Water Hotline can give you information on testing methods.
If you want the water tested at the service connection, contact Winson Water Plant at 305-953-2854.
Most natural water supplies contain some naturally occurring fluoride. Nevertheless, many communities, including the City of North Miami, add fluoride to their drinking water to promote dental health and to remain in compliance with all Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Health guidelines.
The most current guideline from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is 0.7 milligrams per liter (mg/L), the amount where fluoride is shown to be beneficial to the public. The EPA sets levels of protection based on the best available science to prevent potential health problems and the current maximum contaminant level (MCL) set by the EPA for fluoride is 4 mg/L. The MCL is the maximum amount allowed in a public water system.For more information on fluoride in drinking water, we encourage you to visit the EPA website for information about fluoride. Additional information can be found on the websites for Miami-Dade County, the Florida Department of Health, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The City of North Miami is committed to helping residents conserve water. Using water wisely helps conserve our wetlands and helps reduce water bills. To get started, here are some water conservation tips:
For more information on water use and conservation, visit the websites of the Florida Water Management District and Miami-Dade County.
Replacing your showerhead with a new high efficiency fixture can significantly reduce your water use. Any City of North Miami resident can bring an old showerhead to the following locations and receive a brand new high efficiency fixture available Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm: