Residents in the Holiday Colony neighborhood can now connect to the new sewer system installed in the area as part of the Village Water-Sewer-Reuse Water (WSR) Project. Miami-Dade County gave Project officials the go-ahead late Thursday, September 10, 2009 for properties in the Zone 4 (Holiday Colony) area only.
The steps required for property owners to hook up to the new sewer and abandon existing septic systems are given in "Sanitary Sewer Connection Guidelines for Village Residents", a PDF document posted online on September 15.
The Miami-Dade County Code requires connection to available, operating sanitary sewers withing 90 days. The Village of Key Biscayne was granted a time extension of 10 years to connect for single-family or duplex residences within the new sewer construction zones once the sewers are certified and conveyed to the County Water and Sewer Department (WASD). However, property owners will have to connect within 90 days if any of the following conditions occurs:
- The existing septic tank and/or drain field fails
- Improvements or repairs made to a property exceed the property's value by more than 50%
- A change in property ownership occurs
These deadlines for connection to the new sewer system are discussed in detail in the Guidelines. The procedures, permits and costs associated with connecting to the sewer at the property line and abandining the septic tank are given, as well as contact information for the agencies and departments involved.
Residents in Zone 1 and Zone 2/3 (see the WSR Project Progress News article, updated weekly, for streets in these zones) will be able to connect once the new sewers are completed, tested, inspected and certified by WASD. This will most likely occur in late 2009 for Zone 1 and in Spring 2010 for Zone 2/3.