April 30, 2008

Wednesday Headlines: Sewer Project Set to Begin in SW Va.

Posted in Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia at 1:17 pm by bengann

A long-planned sewer project for the Baptist Valley section of Tazewell County, Virginia could soon be under construction. The $11.7 million project will provide sewage treatment services to an estimated 490 families in the community.

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In Pittsburgh, a water main break flooded a car wash and closed part of road Wednesday morning.

Workers for the city of Jackson, Michigan will test the sanitary sewer systems. A nontoxic smoke will be pumped into the system to test for leaks where stormwater enters the sanitary sewer system.

Clarksville, Tennessee’s Gas and Water Department is on track to finish initial sewer improvements before a moratorium on new construction there runs out.

A new sewer main is going to be installed along a 2,000-foot section of Washington Street in Riverton, Illinois.

The Buffalo, Missouri Board of Aldermen have cut 11 items worth $227,911 out of the wastewater plant expansion to help pay for resolving another sewer problem.

Sewer Rate News
Benton, Illinois
Charlotte, North Carolina
Springfield Township, Pennsylvania

April 29, 2008

Tuesday Headlines: In W.V. Collapsed Sewer Main Causes Sinkhole

Posted in California, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia at 11:10 pm by bengann

In Huntington, West Virginia, a sewer main at Harris Riverfront Park collapsed, creating a large sinkhole. A 42-inch-by-30-inch sewer line that is more than 100 years old caused the sinkhole. (photo courtesy of The Herald-Dispatch)

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The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has awarded 14 water quality grants totaling $3.5 million, including almost $700,000 to improve water quality in Saginaw Bay.

A low-interest loan will help reduce costs of a wastewater treatment system in the city of Forada, Minnesota.

A blockage in a sewer line caused less than 10,000 gallons of wastewater to enter Flat Creek in Gainesville, Georgia.

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Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Howell, New Jersey
Quincy, California

April 28, 2008

Monday Headlines: Sinkhole Forces Amtrak to Detour Passengers

Posted in California, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin at 10:51 pm by bengann

A giant sink hole in Downtown Memphis is forcing Amtrak to detour passengers to another city. The sinkhole is more than 12 feet wide and nearly 20 feet deep. City engineers say it may have been caused by a century-old culvert buried 50 feet underground that began collapsing (photo courtesy of WPTY).

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A sewage spill in Playa Del Ray, California has prompted county health officials to issue a health advisory involving Venice and Dockweiler beaches.

Representatives from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) responded Friday – for the second time in less than a week – to the scene of a local raw sewage spill in Lake Placid.

About 100 residents in Austin, Texas were without water Monday because of a water main break.

Sewer Rate News
Lawrence, Wisconsin
Madison Township and Mifflin Township, Ohio
Pinckneyville, Illinois
Salina, Kansas

April 25, 2008

Friday Headlines: Ala. Community Gets New Filtration Plant

Posted in Alabama, California, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Virginia at 11:23 am by bengann

In Calera, Alabama, if a new filtration plant passes a final inspection by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management today, the plant will start treating millions of gallons of water Saturday

Starting today I am including news on sewer rates. You will see it at the bottom of the post under “Sewer Rate News.” Individually one sewer authority raising rates doesn’t mean much, but it’s happening all the time and all over the country. So I am including the municipality discussing rates and you can click on the link to learn more.

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The East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) fixed a leaking water main that had created a sizable pool of water at an Oakland, California intersection.  An EBMUD spokesperson said the pipe’s old age may have caused the leak.

In Omaha, officials say a broken sewer line is sending raw sewage into a small waterway that feeds a local creek. The sewage could eventually makes its way to the Missouri River.

In Virginia, the Round Hill Town Council is evaluating a request from the Town of Purcellville to form a joint venture that would make Sleeter Lake both a source of potable water and a receiver of treated effluent.

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Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
Detroit, Michigan
Waynesville, Missouri
Windham, Maine

April 24, 2008

Thursday Headlines: Birds Get Sick at Wastewater Treatment Pond

Posted in Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, West Virginia at 6:24 pm by bengann

An investigation is under way to determine why 20 birds at wastewater treatment pondsin Ironton, Minnesota have become sick. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has taken water and sludge samples from the ponds.

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In Diamond, West Virginia, crews with West Virginia American Water work on a water main break near an elementary school.

A broken pipe sent about 50 gallons of raw sewage flowing into Fanno Creek in Southwest Portland, Oregon.

The City Council or Chelsea, Michigan is mulling funding options for a potential $11 million wastewater treatment plant expansion that, if completed, would ultimately translate into rate increases for residents.

A busy street in Valparaison, Indidana is open again, but sewer repair work is not over after a leaky manhold collapsed in March.

April 23, 2008

Wednesday Headlines: Michigan Community Replaces Old Pipes

Posted in Florida, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Washington at 4:22 pm by bengann

Jackson, Michigan’s wastewater-treatment plant is getting more than $2.7 million in upgrades — pipe by pipe. Some of the piping being replaced has been in the ground since 1935.

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In Florida, a Lake County water company failed to fix a leaky pipe for a month and dumped thousands of gallons of clean water into the ground.

Gloucester, Massachusetts earns the dubious distinction of having the highest water and sewer bills in the nation.

USDA approves more than $16 million in funding for nine rural water projects around Kansas–$11.7 million in loans and $4.3 in grants.

A Langley, Washington school district has signed a construction contract to install a new water treatment facility. Since December 2004, the district has paid for bottled water after lead was discovered at one of the schools.

April 22, 2008

Tuesday Headlines: Georgia Invests in Water Infrastructure

Posted in Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Texas at 3:49 pm by bengann

Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue has announced the approval of three Georgia Fund commitments totaling almost $2.9 million, two Drinking Water State Revolving Fund commitments totaling $4.1 million and one Clean Water State Revolving Fund commitment totaling $20 million.

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Debris in an underground drain has caused a huge sinkhole in East Rochester, Pennsylvania. The city is now scrambling to come up with the money necessary to fund the repairs.

Crews spent more than eight hours early this morning working to repair a ruptured water line in El Paso, Texas.

Forbes magazine ranks Des Moines, Iowa number one on its list of U.S. cities with the cleanest drinking water.

Recent storms have caused more than $80,000 in damage to streets, culverts and facilities in Arkadelphia, Arkansas after three different areas had their drainage pipes fail.

April 21, 2008

Monday Headlines: Employees Fired and Could Face Criminal Charges

Posted in California, Illinois, North Carolina, Texas, West Virginia at 4:40 pm by bengann

Two employees of a wastewater treatment plant in Dallas, North Carolina were firedand could face criminal charges after the plant was fined a record $141,000 for allowing untreated wastewater into a stream.

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On Saturday, a quarter-mile section of the Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach, California was re-opened after being closed for two days because of a raw sewage spill that erupted from a pipeline.

The village of Antioch, Illinois officially broke groundon its long-awaited wastewater treatment plant Saturday. The plan is to have the $16 million facility open by spring 2010.

In Elkins, West Virginia, water distribution upgrades could begin as early as this year if funding for the approximate $26 million water treatment plant and upgrades falls into place.

April 18, 2008

Friday Headlines: Senators Decry Lack of Water Infrastructure Investment

Posted in California, Maine, Missouri, Wyoming at 4:51 pm by bengann

Montana and Wyoming senators wrangled with the Bureau of Reclamation’s commissioner over the lack of funding for major water projects in the West. Here’s a quote from Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) on the issue:

“The water infrastructure in my neck of the woods, in the state of Montana and I think the West overall, is worn out. Some of it is beyond repair. We need to really make this a priority for this country”

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In California, a sewage spill in Laguna Beach closes streets and beaches.

A water main break in North Waterboro, Maine has some residents under a boil water order.

Cross Timbers, Missouri will receive $733,000 from the USDA to finance the construction of a new wastewater collection and treatment facility.

April 17, 2008

Thursday Headlines: SRF Pays for Water Projects in Montana

Posted in Alabama, Arizona, California, Montana, New Mexico at 5:32 pm by bengann

Loans of $958,160 from the Montana State Revolving Fund have been approved for new water and sewer lines, helping finance another phase of a major public health improvement effort on the southern fringe of Great Falls.

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In Alabama, the Jefferson County Commission may have to ask Governor Bob Riley to call a special session of the Legislature to help the county complete a plan for paying its sewer debt.

Sutter County, California and its two citieshave reasons for looking into combining wastewater treatment efforts.

Water Infrastructure Finance Authority has approved a low-interest $8.5 million loan to Flagstaff, Arizona to drill and equip four new wells to help meet the drinking water needs of the city’s nearly 60,000 residents.

The Moriarty, New Mexico City Council heard several options for a loan-grant program to build, repair and improve public water and waste collection and treatment systems through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development program.

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