Miami-Dade County

Poop alert: Public advisory lifted after Biscayne Bay wastewater leak

Avoid swimming in the stretch of Biscayne Bay from the Miami Beach Marina to the Venetian Causeway. It’s got poop in it.
Avoid swimming in the stretch of Biscayne Bay from the Miami Beach Marina to the Venetian Causeway. It’s got poop in it. Miami Herald File

UPDATE: An advisory to avoid contact with a stretch of Biscayne Bay after a wastewater line broke has been lifted, officials announced Monday.

Samples collected from the waterway between Venetian Causeway and Miami Beach Marina "were within standards for two consecutive days." according to a public advisory issued by Miami Beach.

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Avoid swimming in the stretch of Biscayne Bay from the Miami Beach Marina to the Venetian Causeway. It’s got poop in it.

Officials are asking people to avoid contact with the bay after a wastewater line buried underwater broke Oct. 26 when a private contractor damaged the line during construction of a dock for the Southgate Towers apartment complex at 910 West Ave.

The 10-inch pipe that services Palm, Hibisicus, Star and Terminal islands was busted as the contractor drove a piling for a dock.

A Miami Beach contractor is on site making repairs, which should be finished later Tuesday. But for the next few days, people should avoid the water bounded by the marina on the south, the Venetian Causeway to the north, Star Island for the west and the beach to the east. County environmental regulators test the water.

City authorities were notified of the break Tuesday morning when someone reported seeing bubbles coming up from beneath. Divers and initial tests confirmed the leak, and the city shut off the wastewater pumps immediately, according to Miami Beach spokeswoman Nannette Rodriguez.

The repairs are not affecting service, Rodriguez said, because public works workers are manually bypassing the system and disposing of waste using trucks.

Miami-Dade County Department of Environmental Resource Management and Department of Health are sampling the waters.

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