In a remote corner of northwest Hialeah, the crowd of about 300 raised glasses of water processed in the building next door.
City and county officials on Monday toasted the dedication of the reverse osmosis water treatment plant, which can produce 10 million gallons of potable water daily.
“This plant is the future of our community,” said Mayor Carlos Hernández.
Officials believe the $100 million facility, built with city and Miami-Dade County funds, will prove a cornerstone in the development of Hialeah’s annexed area west of the Interstate 75 and north of 138th Street.
Armando Vidal, Hialeah’s director of public works, said the facility will soon get a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, silver certification.
LEED certifications are granted by the U.S. Green Building Council to buildings that certain sustainability requirements.
“This is the only official “green” building in the city of Hialeah,” Vidal told the crowd at the dedication, which included county commission Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa and commissioners José “Pepe” Díaz and Esteban Bovo Jr.
The commissioners all spoke of the potential for growth in the northwest portion of the county, and all touted the plant as a key infrastructure improvement that will attract development.
“This plant today, opens the door for the entire section of the county,” Díaz said.
Spanish company Inima USA Construction Corp. built the plant and will operate it. It is tapping into the Floridan Aquifer, which lies about 2,600 feet below ground.
During a tour of the plant, Vidal said the plant will be able to produce as much as 17.5 million gallons of water per day in the future.
He said the plant has all approvals in place and should be pumping water into the county’s water system by the end of the week.
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