August 11, 2008

Monday Headlines: Heavy Rains Cause Sewer Backup in Albany

Posted in California, Florida, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Texas at 10:48 am by bengann

Heavy rain in Albany, New York flooded homes and streets with a combination of storm water and sewage on Thursday. Albany, like many older cities, suffers from sewer overflows due to the age of its infrastructure. Here’s a direct quote from the story:

Albany, like many older cities, has a sewer system — dating, in some places, to the Civil War — that combines storm water and sewage, hurtling it beneath the city to a treatment plant and the Hudson River.

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In today’s Buffalo News, environmental consultant Daniel Bentivogli pens an op-ed on the need for increased investment in water infrastructure.  In March, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released a report citing $36.2 billion of water infrastructure investment is needed over the next 20 years.

In California, a blocked sewer pipe in Sausalito sent sewage spilling into San Francisco Bay on Sunday, the third major spill this year. The spill was caused by a blockage in a pipe at a pump station. In January, two spills dumped 5 million gallons of sewage into Richardson Bay. The winter spills were the result of strong rainstorms overcoming the sewer system.

The construction of a desalination plant and water treatment center in Swansea, Massachusetts is months ahead of schedule, and those residents who have long complained about colored drinking water may see relief as early as January.

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Belleview, Florida
Mount Olive, North Carolina
Palestine, Texas

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