Four Miles, For Water ... It's Worth It!

One of our most important projects to-date is about to begin in Islamorada. To be honest, it will cause some disruption to your daily routine and travel plans at times, but it will be worth it and we will be communicating with you every step of the way.

Meet Precious, our modern marvel system mascot. She will be with you every step of the way to explain the project details and provide updates as they become available. When you see Precious, you know innovation is in progress!


What are we doing? 

We are installing a new transmission main to replace the existing, original main that’s approximately 60 years old. 

What’s a transmission main? 

The transmission main is the pipe your drinking water flows through. It’s how your drinking water gets from the water treatment plant to your faucet.

Why does it have to be replaced? 

Because clean drinking water is a MUST. As pipes age, they are more susceptible to corrosion, leaks, storm surge, and other effects that could impact your drinking water. 

Why is this project a modern marvel? 

Get ready, we are about to geek out here. In summary, our system is a modern marvel because of its unique linear configuration. This project on Islamorada is just one link in the long chain of our water system. A new 36-inch diameter steel water main will be installed via open-cut trench installation. The project also includes connection to existing mains and master taps. New transmission mains will also be installed at the Teatable Relief and Whale Harbor bridge crossings via horizontal directional drill (HDD). This means the transmission main will be underwater, so it will not be threatened by high winds and storm surges. 

Where is the new transmission main going? 

The new transmission main is four miles long. It will begin near MM 79 on Tea Table Key and continue north along US-1 in Islamorada until just south of Whale Harbor Channel near MM 84. 

How much will this project cost? 

The Islamorada transmission line replacement project will cost approximately $42 million, with $35 million funded by grants and $7 million funded through low interest loans.