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Florida International University and Miami-Dade County entered into an agreement that will enable the Miami-Dade Water & Sewer Department to engage students and faculty in research and analysis on a variety of local water and wastewater issues. The agreement allows for up to $1.65M in tasks over a 3-year period in the following six areas of interest:

  1. Water use efficiency and leak detection
  2. Water and wastewater treatment management
  3. Energy efficiency
  4. Hydraulic modeling
  5. Infrastructure resilience
  6. Utility public affairs

Several centers and programs at the university will work together and collaborate with the county to support the advancement of resource and process efficiencies in water and wastewater utility planning, operations and public outreach and engagement. The county and university will work cohesively to facilitate and accelerate technology transfer from research to practice and to serve as public resource for research, analysis and other services of significance to the local South Florida region. 

The Southeast Environmental Research Center (SERC), Sea Level Solutions Center (SLSC), Extreme Events Institute (EEI), FIU By DesignCollege of Engineering and Computing (CEC) and School of Computing and Information Sciences (SCIS) will all contribute to the work and research associated with this agreement.

The Southeast Environmental Research Center and Sea Level Solutions Center are both housed within the Institute of Water and Environment (InWE), an FIU preeminent program focused on preserving and restoring our planet’s most valuable and vulnerable natural resources.