May 28, 2008

Wednesday Headlines: PG County, MD Sees Increase in Sewer Overflows

Posted in Arizona, California, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina at 9:53 am by bengann

In Prince George’s County, Maryland, residents are upset that the new National Harbor (pictured right) project has made an already stressed sewer system even worse. Here’s the paragraph that caught my attention. 

On April 25, the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, the anchor of National Harbor, celebrated its grand opening. On May 9, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) dumped 968,000 gallons of raw sewage into Broad Creek. On May 11 and 12, the WSSC dumped an additional 3.76 million gallons of untreated raw sewage into Broad Creek. This was the largest sewage dump into Broad Creek in years not resulting from a power outage, and it happened less than three weeks after National Harbor opened. The only dump of comparable magnitude was a 4.6 million-gallon event in February that resulted from a power outage.

Headlines
In Winona Lake, Minnesota, some residents were warned to boil their water before drinking it after an 8-inch water main broke.

A new book examines the history and politics of Los Angeles’ sewer system.

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has ordered Johnson Utilities to post warning signs near standing water in Queen Creek Wash where the company has spilled thousands of gallons of raw sewage.
  

A sewage spill in Newport Beach, California has caused a portion of Newport Bay to shut down to swimming and surfing. From 1999 to 2007, there were 277 sewage spills in Orange County, 62 percent from some sort of blockage.

Sewer Rate News
Carroll County, Maryland
Fredonia, New York
Kansas City, Kansas
Mooresville, North Carolina

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