December 9, 2008

Tuesday Headlines: Water Main Break in Philadelphia Floods Basements

Posted in California, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia at 12:29 pm by bengann

A 30-inch water main broke early this morning in Philadelphia’s Kensington section spilling tens of thousands of gallons of water into residential basements and leaving a huge sinkhole in the middle of the road. The water flooded the basements of thirteen homes causing major property damage.

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse has reopened after being closed since last Thursday, due to a water main break. The break disrupted the fire suppression system at the zoo, forcing the zoo to stay closed for safety reasons.

Flooded basements and sewer overflows into the Ottawa River have officials in Lima, Ohio wanting to spend $2.2 million on an analysis providing the condition of the city’s sewer system and the long-term costs of maintaining it.

Work crews from Modesto, California have begun repairing a pipe contributing to last week’s flow of raw sewage into a creek. A sagging city line contributed to a buildup of grease and debris, sending sewage out an uncapped maintenance opening in a private pipe off an alley.

There will be no school for students at Jefferson High School in Alexandria, Minnesota on Wednesday due to a water main break.

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December 8, 2008

Monday Headlines: Water Main Break Causes Hazard on Ohio Turnpike

Posted in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Washington at 1:12 pm by bengann

A 12-inch water main break in Elyria, Ohio on Saturday, gushed icy cold water onto the Ohio Turnpike turning at least one lane into a slippery hazard. These are common problems in this part of the country.

“This happens all the time in the wintertime,” said Assistant Safety Service Director Jim Hutchson. “As everyone knows, the lines are old. So you are going to have more breaks. This kind of weather causes stress on them. They are all outdated, not big enough.”

Brian Phelps pens an op-ed for The Tennessean on the need for Nashville to address its overburdened sewer system. Last year, the city signed a consent decree with the EPA, agreeing to a nine-year plan to reduce pollution flowing into the Cumberland River.

A break in an 8-inch water main has left a section of Shelton, Connecticut without water today.

Sarasota County Utilities is on the scene of a 12-inch water main break that has occurred this morning. Officials estimate that water service will be interrupted for at least three hours while repairs are made, causing significant traffic disruption along the road where the break took place.

In Rome, Georgia, low temperatures near 20 degrees caused a water main to break early this morning and ice over the roadway.

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December 5, 2008

Friday Headlines: Water Main Break Postpones High School Football Games

Posted in Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, North Dakota, Pennsylvania at 1:08 pm by bengann

In Massachusetts, a water main break at Worcester State College has postponed three high school football regional championship games scheduled for Saturday. The games will now be played on Sunday. A decision was made late Friday morning by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association.

Twelve homes in Lower Allen Township, Pennsylvania were without water for just over nine hours Thursday due to a water main break.

Baltimore public works crews have been trying to identify the source of a leak in a 42-inch water main and repair it so the road which the pipe is under can be reopened to traffic. Mechanical failure at a nearby pumping station caused a surge of water that led to leaks at several joints.

With local budgets tightening around New Mexico, Ruidoso Village councilors have discussed ways of creating new revenue streams to pay for a multi-million-dollar construction project for the Regional Waste Water Treatment Plant.

In North Dakota, the federal government is recommending a water treatment option for the Northwest Area Water Supply project that would cost $17.5 million to build and $306,000 a year to maintain.

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December 4, 2008

Thursday Headlines: Apt. Complex Evacuated After Water Main Break

Posted in California, Kansas, Maine, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania at 12:12 pm by bengann

How would you like to start your morning this way? Tuesday, an apartment complex in Lindenwold, New Jersey was evacuated in the early morning due to a water main break that also caused a sinkhole. Mud and sewage spilled into first floor apartments because of the break, and residents may have to wait a month before being allowed to return to the building.

Massive sewer and water system improvements are needed for Elyria, Ohio and have city officials warning residents that the upgrades are going to force them to increase sewer rates. The rate hike will be used to pay for two 20-year projects that combined total almost $270 million. The two projects entail replacing sewer lines, upgrading the wastewater treatment facility and fixing substandard waterlines.

A water main broke on state Route 100 in Pittsfield, Maine early this morning forced a detour in the downtown area and a boil-water order from the town government.

A broken water main and freezing temperatures Wednesday evening led to at least three accidents and more than a half-dozen vehicles being damaged in Topeka, Kansas. As temperatures dropped after sunset, a sheet of ice nearly a quarter-mile long covered streets and sidewalks in the area.

Students in Pilot Grove, Missouri were dismissed early from school on Tuesday after the town’s water was shut off to work on a broken water main. The Mayor of Pilot Grove said the water main broke Monday, but that there wasn’t enough time to work on it until Tuesday.

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December 3, 2008

Wednesday Headlines: Two Million Gallon Sewage Spill in Delaware

Posted in California, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas at 1:13 pm by bengann

A two million gallon sewage spill in Delaware has closed the Mispillion River from Milford to the Delaware Bay. A major sewer line along state Route 1 north of Milford broke, causing the discharge. The State Water Resources Director county sewage system managers had no choice but to divert sewage into the river. Two food processing plants halted production to help curb the discharge.

As part of a pilot program aimed at reducing sewer blockages and overflows and accidental spills, the Raleigh suburb of Cary, North Carolina is encouraging residents to save their cooking oils, fats and grease in sealable containers. According to the town, such refuse contributed to 16 sewer overflows in 2006 and six overflows in 2007.

A water main break this morning flooded an intersection in southeast Rochester, New York. City crews are working in the area today, and dug a large hole to work on the water main.

Two northbound lanes of 50th Street in Tampa, Florida are closed while the city’s Water Department repairs a broken 24-inch water main. Restoration of the road surface is expected to be completed by the end of the week.

A local fitness facility in Norton Shores, Michigan may reopen today after being closed due to a water main break.

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December 2, 2008

Tuesday Headlines: Water Main Break Causes Power Outage in Flint, Michigan

Posted in Alabama, Arizona, California, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania at 12:01 pm by bengann

More than 1,500 customers in Genesee County, Michigan were still without power Monday afternoon after  water main break in downtown Flint. The water main break also shut down a road and closed some businesses. Cold weather is being blamed for the break.

In Kentucky, Jeffersonville Mayor Tom Galligan took control of the city’s sewer system yesterday, dismissing the private contractor that had been running it since 1994. Approximately 10 more workers will be added to improve cleaning and maintenance of sewer lines and boost the system’s performance.

The Valdosta, Georgia area suffered two wastewater spills over the weekend resulting from heavy rainfall. Approximately 6.5 million gallons of untreated wastewater was released in the first incident, and a discharge of approximately 135,000 gallons of raw sewage was released in the second incident.

Because of a sewage spill, people are being encouraged to temporarily stay away from a ravine in Thousand Oaks, California. A root blockage in a sewer line led to the release of about 2,100 gallons of sewage from a manhole cover.

Tucson Water workers expect to fix a University of Arizona area water main break some time Tuesday. The break in in the 8-inch water main has disrupted traffic but should be repaired today.

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December 1, 2008

Monday Headlines: City of San Francisco Begins Payouts for Sewage Damage

Posted in California, Indiana, Michigan, Montana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania at 12:43 pm by bengann

Nearly five years after San Francisco experienced a storm that overwhelmed its aging sewer system, the city is beginning to pay out millions of dollars in settlements to businesses and homeowners. Businesses affected by the overflow will receive $612,000 from the city of San Francisco. The businesses were inundated by raw sewage in 2004, when stormwater caused it to overflow.

The story from the The San Francisco Examiner goes into further detail.

More than 1,000 miles of brick sewers, many built more than a century ago, carry flushed waste from bathrooms and sinks beneath the surface to treatment plants. The sewers also fill with stormwater during rainstorms, which can overwhelm the system and cause it to overflow.

A San Francisco Superior Court judge ruled earlier this year that The City is liable for property damage caused by the toxic sewage that brimmed out of the combined system in 2004.

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