April 10, 2008

Thursday Headlines: Atlanta Water System Needs Fixed

Posted in Georgia, Maryland, Pennsylvania at 4:38 pm by bengann

The May edition of Popular Mechanics has a special report on “Rebuilding America: How to Fix U.S. Infrastructure.”  One story in the special report titled “The 10 Pieces of U.S. Infrastructure We Must Fix Now” includes Atlanta’s water system which loses as much as 18 percent of the city’s water each year through leaking pipes.

In Harrisburg, it was announced that the Pennsylvania Fair Share for Clean Water Planwill invest $170 million in 2008-09 to reduce the financial burden on ratepayers and farms of cleaning up the flow of nitrogen and phosphorus to the Chesapeake Bay. The plan includes $100 million to help wastewater plants finance required improvements.

Another Pennsylvania story, the Clarks Summit-South Abington Joint Sewer Authority faces enforcement action by the Department of Environmental Protection, but it may be able to remedy the problem by following a corrective action plan. The authority was given two violation notices by the DEP after four storms in February and March forced the treatment plant to dump more than two million gallons of untreated wastewater into creek.

Finishing work on a $6.5 million project, by the end of summer the growing town of Bridgeville, Maryland  will no longer have its treated sewage heading into a tributary of a nearby river.


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