August 22, 2008

Friday Headlines: Battle Creek, Mich. Revises Sewer Overflow Estimate

Posted in California, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina at 11:23 am by bengann

In Battle Creek, Michigan, an investigation into a July 2nd sewage overflow at the city’s wastewater treatment plant has led officials to sharply increase their estimate of how much sewage actually spilled. State officials have filed a new report listing a 160,000-gallon spill, some of which went into the Kalamazoo River. The initial report estimated an overflow of only 500 gallons.

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By spilling 23 billion gallons of raw and partially treated sewage into surface waters during 2007, Detroit, Michigan has earned the dubious distinction of earning the 2007 “Crappie Award” for combined sewer overflows. The awards created by Muskegon Chronicle writer Jeff Alexander is given to the municipality in Michigan with the largest volume of sanitary sewer overflows and combined sewer overflows.

In Oceanport, New Jersey, the state has levied a $140,000 penalty against the New Jersey’s Sports and Exposition Authority for a sewer overflow from Monmouth Park into Branchport Creek. The same authority was fined $35,000 last year by the state for the same offense.

Public works crews were busy yesterday in Walnut Creek, California following a water main break that caused a street to buckle. Commenting on the cause of the break the city Public Services Director said, “It just appears to be a break from wear and tear.”

The Town of Owasco, New York will continue to pay thousands of dollars in state fines until it upgrades its wastewater infrastructure. Owasco officials are set to sign a consent order, ordering it to have a new wastewater collection system in place by October 2010 and proof that it is functioning properly by June 2011.

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