June 30, 2008

Monday Headlines: Elkins, W.V. Dedicates Wastewater Treatment Facility

Posted in California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Virginia, West Virginia at 2:11 pm by bengann

A dedication ceremony and open house Friday, hosted by the city of Elkins, West Virginia at its wastewater treatment facility, allowed residents and visitors to see the $8.5 million upgrade. Said Elkins Mayor, Judy Guye, “We are trying our best to look to the future to improve the infrastructure.”

In Exmore, Virginia, the town’s central wastewater treatment system has encountered problems that could hold up municipal plans to attract significant business and development to the burgeoning commercial area on U.S. Route 13.

Here’s another Virginia story, Middletown’s new wastewater treatment plant has been operating for more than a month, and so far town officials are impressed with what they are seeing at the facility.

A two-part project is underway in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, includes building two water filtration plants to filter out the iron and manganese, and replacing water mains to improve the town’s infrastructure and water distribution. 

Part of State Route 322 in New Jersey will be closed from June 30 to mid-August to make way for construction on a Borough of Glassboro sewer line.  

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June 27, 2008

Friday Headlines: Old Pipe in Ohio Breaks Disrupting Water Service

Posted in Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington at 4:57 pm by bengann

An early morning water main break in Harrison Township, Ohio disrupted water service to about 60 homes and businesses in the area and created a large sink hole in the street. The 10-inch water supply pipe that broke had been installed in the early 1950s, and its age might have been a factor in causing the break.

In South Carolina, a 13th Circuit judge denied the City of Simpsonville’s request to dismiss lawsuits brought against the city by two residents over a sewer overflow that flooded their houses in September 2006.

In Albany, Georgia, state transportation officials say that it could take crews until the Independence Day weekend to re-open a highway damaged by a burst water main.

The State of Tennessee has served Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Holt with a notice of violation for an unauthorized sewer discharge from the jail sewer.

Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and state lawmakers are negotiating a state budget that would pump hundreds of millions of dollars into water and sewer construction projects.

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June 26, 2008

Thursday Headlines: Ft. Wayne Spends Money to Control “Floatables”

Posted in California, Connecticut, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, Washington at 11:45 am by bengann

The city of Fort Wayne, Indiana, plans to spend roughly $6 million over the next 17 years to try to keep “floatables” out of the rivers. In addition to the obvious aesthetic benefits, the plan will limit the amount of human waste that reaches the rivers.

A sinkhole swallowed much of city block in Yarmouth, Maine on Wednesday afternoon. Authorities said a collapsed sewer pipe was to blame.

In Bellingham, Washington, about 1.2 million gallons of drinking water escaped from a ruptured 82 year-old water main and spilled into Padden Creek.

Residents and businesses in downtown Waterbury, Connecticut are still dealing with problems following a water main break late Wednesday afternoon.

A restaurant in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is closed for extensive repairs after a grease clog caused a sewer system failure.

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June 25, 2008

Wednesday Headlines: Water Main Break Floods UC-Riverside

Posted in California, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, West Virginia at 5:30 pm by bengann

Lights were on and classes resumed in all but one University of California-Riverside building Tuesday, one day after a broken water main flooded three buildings and led to power outages in 12 buildings. School officials are concerned about mold from all the water.

A large water main break flooded the Carnegie Science Center’s SportsWorks building this afternoon in Pittsburgh, and the building along with its Titanic Artifact Exhibition will be closed tomorrow.

In another Pennsylvania story, water service was cut to about 40 residences in Muhlenberg Township after a 36-inch water main broke near Route 61.

File this under “you can’t make this stuff up,” in Colorado a squirrel zapped by a power line disrupted electricity to an Upper Thompson Sanitation District lift station Sunday morning, causing a 30,000-gallon sewage spill into Lake Estes.

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June 24, 2008

Tuesday Headlines: Sinkhole Swallows Minivan in Rhode Island

Posted in Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington at 9:31 pm by bengann

A water main break Monday night in West Warwick, Rhode Island is the likely cause of a sinkhole that nearly swallowed up a minivan. (photo courtesy of WJAR-TV)

The city of McComb will be receiving a $34 million loan from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality to construct a wastewater treatment facility.

In Louisiana, Saint Charles Parish’s east bank water system needs more capacity because its 4 million-gallon-per-day workhorse treatment plant is in poor shape and can’t be shut down for an overhaul without causing a severe water shortage.

Rep. Phil English (R-Penn.) is pushing new legislation that would make it easier for state and local governments to get funding for water-related infrastructure projects. H.R. 6194, the Sustainable Water Infrastructure Investment Act, would lift the state cap on what are known as private activity bonds, a type of tax-exempt financing used on public projects.

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June 23, 2008

Monday Headlines: Advisory Issued For Jackson, Miss. After Sewage Spill

Posted in Arizona, California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina at 1:01 pm by bengann

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality is issuing an advisory for the city of Jackson to avoid contact with the Pearl River between I-20 and Byram after raw sewage spewed from a 7-foot pipe.

A 12-inch water main ruptured this morning in New Rochelle, New York, flooded a portion of a major road and reducing water pressure in the city’s north end. Water rose to six to eight inches in the roadway for a block.

A busy Mesa, Arizona intersection was shut down Sunday and could remain closed for days after a break in a 30-inch water main.

This is a follow-up to a story mentioned several weeks ago about the National Harbor development causing increases sewer overflows. Some Fort Washington, Maryland residents are wondering if the National Harbor is to blame for the recent sewage spills in Broad Creek.

Worcester, Massachusetts is working towards better control of polluted stormwater to its streams, ponds and lakes with a newly proposed draft stormwater permit,

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June 20, 2008

Friday Headlines: Second Sewer Overflow This Week for MD Community

Posted in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, Wisconsin at 3:24 pm by bengann

In Salisbury, Maryland, the Wicomico River remains under a health advisory after 48,140 gallons of partially treated wastewater overflowed from a wastewater treatment plant effluent manhole. The spill was the second this week and the fourth overall this year.

The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewer District announced it had a sewer overflow volume of 2.9 billion gallons between June 7th and 15th.

Denver Water crews worked into the early hours Friday to repair a ruptured 12-inch water main that left an 18-foot-wide sinkhole on South Monaco Parkway causing major traffic problems.

A sewer repair project that started in mid-May will stretch throughout Portland, Oregon’s downtown core for the next seven months at a cost of $5.8 million.

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June 19, 2008

Thursday Headlines: Erie Canal Harbor Experiencing Sewer Overflows

Posted in Arkansas, California, Georgia, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont at 3:01 pm by bengann

The newly opened Erie Canal Harbor in Buffalo is experiencing sewer overflows despite a $53 million makeover. A disgusting mix of “floatables” has surfaced in the harbor’s centerpiece — the 184-year-old, rewatered Commercial Slip — following recent heavy rains.

In Oregon, unless the Portland Water Bureau can circumvent new federal clean water rules, the city may have to spend millions of dollars on a new water treatment plant.

Companies both big and small are finding their niche in the growing water treatment industry. 

A water main break in Elliot, Pennsylvania made local streets look more like a small river.

Nearly two miles of beach in Long Beach, California is closed until further notice because of a sewage spill in Glendale.

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June 18, 2008

Wednesday Headlines: Water Main Break Floods Park Near Eastman Kodak

Posted in Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio at 3:51 pm by bengann

A water main break in the parking lot of Kodak Park in Rochester, New York, flooded part of Mt. Read Boulevard near Eastman Kodak Headquarters. (picture courtesy of WHEC-TV)

Yet another water main break in Charlotte may disrupt the rush-hour commute. Water is bubbling up through the asphalt in the middle of the southbound lanes, and the water is undermining the roadbed, as the pavement is buckling, according to a witness on the scene.

In Miami, a woman driving eastbound toward Key Biscayne on the Causeway was the stranded when her Toyota Corolla got stuck in a sinkhole. A 12-inch water main pipe gave way, flooding the hole, and creating the hazard. 

An appropriation of $800,000 is making its way through a House committee with the funding to be applied to the cost of the new $15.5 million water treatment plant under construction in Middletown, New York.

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June 17, 2008

Tuesday Headlines: Flooding in Iowa Creates Environmental Hazard

Posted in Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania at 2:50 pm by bengann

Massive flooding in Iowa has caused a major environmental disaster, state inspectors said Monday. It could be weeks before dozens, if not hundreds, of severely damaged sewage-treatment plants are operating again. (photo courtesy of the Des Moines Register)

A street in Hershey, Pennsylvania remains closed due to a massive sinkhole that may have been caused by a water main break.

Because of the health concerns behind a water main break on Sunday, Montgomery County, Maryland officials have ordered food service facilities to remain closed until further notice. Contractors have been hired to repair the 38-year-old concrete cylinder that broke near Rock Creek Regional Park, causing water shortages and low water pressure for tens of thousands.

Another water main break in Charlotte had utility workers scrambling to make repairs today. This is the second major water main break in the Queen City in less than a week.

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