June 16, 2008

Monday Headlines: 48-inch Water Main Breaks Outside D.C.

Posted in Arizona, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia at 9:33 pm by bengann

People who live and work in upper Montgomery County, Maryland have been asked to boil drinking water and limit water use because of a major pipe break that has disrupted service across a large portion of the county. Emergency repairs are currently underway.

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A newly proposed sewer-upgrade plan in Kansas City would meet state water-pollution limits and largely stop sewage overflows in streams, but it forecasts sewage will spill into other streams as much as 30 times a year.

A Lynchburg, Virginia fire station will be closed for two to three months so crews can repair sewer and drain lines.

A block on Indianapolis’ Eastside will be closed through tomorrow morning while a wastewater utility investigates a damaged sewer main that has made part of the road hazardous.

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June 13, 2008

Friday Headlines: Mayors Tell Congress About Infrastructure Crisis

Posted in California, Indiana, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee at 6:24 pm by bengann

Four big-city mayors told the Senate Banking Committee on Thursday that they are overwhelmed by infrastructure needs and can’t maintain well-functioning water systems, and other infrastructure, without more federal help.

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A portion of Route 25A in Smithtown, New York was closed Friday afternoon after a water main burst and flooded the road.

Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell’s Sustainable Water Infrastructure Task Force is reviewing hundreds of public comments regarding ways the state can address its $20 billion shortfall of drinking water and wastewater systems funding,

The Maryland state Board of Public Works approved more than $1 million in grants for projects in Harford and Cecil counties that will improve water quality and supply in both jurisdictions, officials said.

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Baileyton, Tennessee
Batesville, Indiana
Pleasanton, California

June 12, 2008

Thursday Headlines: Sinkhole Shuts Down Street in Charlotte

Posted in Arkansas, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, North Carolina at 8:36 pm by bengann

In Charlotte, North Carolina, a sinkhole caused by a broken water pipe closed a major road while it is under repair (picture courtesy of WSOC-TV).

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One lane of traffic was shut this morning along Walnut Street in Murphysboro, Illinois so Public Works employees could replace a broken valve.

A water main break in Silver Spring, Maryland shut down a college campus and left nearby residents without water Thursday morning.

Work begins next month in Benton, Arkansas on a new five-million gallons per day expansionof the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

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Alamo, Nevada
Canton, Massachusetts
Yonkers, New York

June 11, 2008

Wednesday Headlines: House Appropriations Recommends $850 Million for SRF

Posted in Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Pennsylvania at 5:46 pm by bengann

The big news of the day is that the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies held a mark up today for its Fiscal Year 2009 bill.  The subcommittee has recommended $850 million for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) and $842 million for the Drinking Water SRF. These numbers are less than the Clean Water Council had requested but more than was included in the President’s Budget. Below is a summary chart of the bill and Chairman Norm Dicks’ statement from the subcommittee markup.

Chairman Norm Dicks Statement from subcommittee markup

Department of Interior, environment and Related Agencies Summary Chart

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A 12-inch water main break in McCandless, Pennsylvania left 55 homes without water service this morning.

The Pennsylvania State Senate has approved a plan to borrow $800 million to improve dams and drinking water and sewer systems in an effort to chip away at the state’s massive infrastructure needs.

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Evansville, Indiana
Hays, Kansas
Sweet Springs, Missouri

June 10, 2008

Tuesday Headlines: Water Main Break Closes Virginia Mall

Posted in California, Florida, Headlines, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin at 3:38 pm by bengann

An early morning water main break at the Valley Mall in Harrisonburg, Virginia forced management to close most of the stores Monday. The break also left some residents without water for hours on a day of record-breaking heat.

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In Washington, the Spokane County Public Defender’s office was shut down this morning because of a sewer backup.

The city of Racine, Wisconsin had about 7.8 million gallons of sewer system overflow during the weekend, according to unofficial preliminary results.

The cost to bring Appleton, Wisconsin’s troubled water treatment plant to promised production goals is estimated to be $11 million.

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Montpelier, Vermont
Pasadena, California

June 9, 2008

Monday Headlines: 100,000 Gallons of Sewage Spill into Lake Macatawa

Posted in California, Headlines, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Oklahoma, West Virginia at 3:26 pm by bengann

The Ottawa County, Michigan Health Department has issued a surface water advisory for Lake Macatawa due to a sewage overflow. There had been a Sanitary Sewer Overflow late Sunday morning, after it’s expected that 100,000 gallons of sewage spilled into the lake.

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In Oklahoma, only five bodies of water out of the thousands of lakes and streams monitored were found to be clear of harmful levels of pollution, according to a draft government report released last week by the state Department of Environmental Quality. The rest of the waters watched by the state either weren’t tested or are polluted beyond federal standards.

Crews in Santa Maria, California cleaned up a dry creek bed Friday after at least 75,000 gallons of sewage spilled the night before.

The entire sanitary sewer system is overloaded in Grand Island, Nebraska.

A state of emergency has been declared in Mason City, Iowa after rising floodwaters inundated the town, causing a breach in a levee and prompting officials to shut down the water treatment plant.

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Huntington, Massachusetts
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June 6, 2008

Friday Headlines: Pittsburgh Suburb Suffers Second Water Main Break

Posted in California, Kentucky, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Utah at 7:35 pm by bengann

It could be sometime this weekend before full water service is restored to about 750 customers in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania. A water main break occurred Thursday in Manor, not long after crews worked through the night to complete repairs on a 12-inch line that broke a day earlier near the township municipal building,

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In Oakland, California, a water main break  on Thursday spewed thousands of gallons into the street and left 10 customers without water for much of the day.

Staying in California, a sewage spill in Orcutt kept crews on-scene until well into the night. Roots from some nearby willow trees compromised the sewer lines and caused them to back up.

A sinkhole is blocking traffic on a major thoroughfare in Greensboro, North Carolina. It is not expected to be repaired until late tonight. City crews said a broken water line caused part of the road to fall in.

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Elk Ridge, Utah
Louisville, Kentucky
Tulsa, Oklahoma

June 5, 2008

Thursday Headlines: Kansas City Raising Rates to Fix Sewers

Posted in Florida, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Oregon, South Carolina at 7:02 pm by bengann

Kansas City is under the gun from the federal government to fix overflows of billions of gallons of raw sewage into its streams each year. The sewer rates for Kansas City residents are expected to quadruple in the next decade to pay for its $2.3 billion sewer project overhaul.

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Health officials are warning people to stay out of Mill Creek in Arnold, Maryland following a 2,400-gallon sewage spill.

In Hernando County, Florida, County commissioners on Tuesday voted to approve the hiring of a consulting engineer and begin expansion of the Ridge Manor Wastewater Treatment Plant.

An overflow bubbling out of the sanitary sewer manhole has Beaufort, South Carolina residents concerned.

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Hudson, Michigan

Salisbury, Maryland

June 4, 2008

Wednesday Headlines: Leaky Water Mains Costly for Bluff City, TN

Posted in Arizona, Indiana, Maryland, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee at 11:16 am by bengann

A small city in east Tennessee, Bluff City, estimates that its leaky water main system has cost the municipality and its 1,620 residents a total of $50,000 in repairs over the past year.

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The municipal utilities in Fort Wayne, Inidiana is holding a series of meetings to inform customers about the city’s 18-year, $240 million plan to reduce sewer overflows into the city’s waterways after heavy rains.

In Maryland, Howard County officials are warning residents not to pour oil and grease down the drain as it has caused about half of the sewage spills in the county last year. “Although the state is working to upgrade the 66 major wastewater treatment plants to reduce pollution, residents also have to adjust to protect the environment,” said Shari Wilson, Secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment.

Almost a month after East Berlin, Pennsylvania officials threatened to dissolve the borough’s new water/sewer authority, questions continue to linger about the fate of the agreement between the borough, Hamilton Township and developer C.W. Test.

Traffic on one of the city’s busiest streets in North Tonawanda, New York will see delays beginning Monday as crews begin replacing a stretch of water line.

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Ashland, Ohio
Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania
Prescott Valley, Arizona

June 3, 2008

Tuesday Headlines: Ga. City to Pay Fines for Sewage Spills

Posted in California, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, Washington at 9:29 am by bengann

The city of East Point will pay a $170,000 fine for dozens of spills over the past few years that released millions of gallons of raw sewage into area creeks.

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In Montgomery County, Virginia, near Blacksburg, a water main break has washed out part of the road narrowing traffic to just one lane.  Officials say the age of the piping caused the break.

In North Carolina, some Cumberland County commissioners would like to see more money for clean drinking water added to an already tight budget proposal unveiled Monday.

The EPA may require Vermont wastewater treatment plants be beefed up unless the state decides to take action.

In Washington, an electrical problem at Fort Lewis’ wastewater treatment plant resulted in the accidental release of up to 180,000 gallons of partially treated wastewater into Puget Sound between 11 p.m. Sunday and 2 a.m. Monday.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
Boonsboro, Maryland
La Puente, California
Springfield, Massachusetts

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