July 21, 2008

Monday Headlines: Overflows Cost Sewer Systems $35 Million in Fines

Posted in California, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Vermont, Washington at 12:42 pm by bengann

Between January 2003 and February 2008, at least one-third of the nation’s large, publicly owned sewage treatment systems have been penalized by the EPA or state regulators for sewage spills or other violations. Total fines amounted to $35 million. The fines were assessed against 494 of the nation’s 4,200 municipal facilities that treat at least 1 million gallons of sewage daily.

A major sinkhole caused by a water main break made this morning’s commute more difficult in Timonium, Maryland. Thousands of gallons of water rushed out of a broken 12-inch pipe at approximately noon on Saturday.

In Michigan, a Grand Rapids intersection was shut down Saturday night after a water main break flooded the roadway.

Homeowners living in the Spokane Valley area of Washington state woke up to flooding Friday morning after a water main break.

Sewer Rate News
Cedartown, Georgia
Locust, North Carolina
Manteca, California
Rutland, Vermont

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