September 19, 2008

Friday Headlines: Chicago to Release Report on Massive Sewer Overflow

Posted in Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia at 12:26 pm by bengann

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Chicago (MWRD) is on the verge of releasing a report on the billions of gallons of stormwater overflow that were released into Lake Michigan as part of its efforts to fight flooding during last weekend’s torrential rains. MWRD estimates that approximately 90 billion gallons of water were released into Lake Michigan because of last weekend’s storms.

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In Michigan, the Saginaw Wastewater Treatment Plant also reports that a a record 178.7 million gallons of sewage flowed to the Saginaw River following last weekend’s storms. The plant experienced two overflow events during the weekend, when the area was deluged by the remnants of Hurricane Ike.

York Central School in York, New York is closed today because of a water main break, which has compromised the water pressure in the school.

A water main break in downtown Lynchburg, Virginia tied up traffic for several hours Thursday as city utility workers repaired the pipe. Utilities Director Timothy Mitchell said the break occurred in a 12-inch water main releasing between 1 million and 2 million gallons of water.

In Pennsylvania, the Elizabeth Township Sanitary Authority will pay a $20,000 civil fine for allowing tens of millions of gallons of untreated sewage to flow into the Youghiogheny River, and will eventually shut down its malfunctioning treatment plant and pump its sewage to a planned new treatment facility in McKeesport.

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