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URGENT: Do Not Remove Sewer Cleanout Caps

It has been brought to the Town’s attention that sewer cleanout caps are being improperly removed in order to drain flood water. Please note, the sewer system is regulated by Miami-Dade County’s Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources Department (DERM). Removal of the sewer cleanout caps by a resident or by any third party that is not affiliated with Public Works is considered an illicit discharge. 

More importantly, it could result in the following:

  • An increase in your utility bill as a result of additional costs incurred by the Town. Why? The Town of Surfside sends its sewer to Miami Beach, which bills the Town for every gallon that passes through the system. Storm water displaced though the wastewater (sewer) collection system is metered and treated at water treatment plants. 
  • Single or multiple system failures. Why? Storm water that is displaced through the wastewater (sewer) collection system burdens the Town’s wastewater (sewer) collection infrastructure, which can then lead to system failures. On average, the system pumps out 750,000 gallons of wastewater per day. But on May 16th for example, the Town registered 6.7 million gallons of wastewater disposal due to system infiltration, resulting from several cap removals. This equated to an additional $23,500 in one day, which is literally your money flushing down the drain! 


The Town of Surfside is required to monitor infiltration and inflow (I/I) of the Town’s wastewater system, which is documented yearly as part of the consent decree entered between the County with the Federal government. If the Town is in violation of certain criteria, it can be assessed fines and violations.  

Should you witness anyone removing the sewer cleanout caps, please contact Surfside Police Department’s non-emergency number right away at 305-861-4862. 

For questions or concerns, please contact the Surfside Public Works Department at 305-861-4863. Thank you for your immediate attention and cooperation in this matter.