January 9, 2009

Friday Headlines: Oberstar Proposes $12B in SRF Funding as Part of Stimulus

Posted in Georgia, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, National, New York, South Carolina, Virginia at 2:36 pm by bengann

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.) has proposed spending $85 billion for infrastructure projects as part of economic recovery legislation, and includes $12 billion for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund which allows states to provide low-cost loans to localities for wastewater projects. The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund is not part of the Committee’s jurisdiction  and was not included in the proposal.

Headlines
A 500,000 gallon sewage spill earlier this week did not contaminate drinking water in Columbia, South Carolina. Officials say pumps that push the sewage through the pipe system failed.

A ruptured water main continued to impact traffic on West Broad Street in Henrico County, Virginia on Thursday. Motorists traveling in the area of the break were urged to use caution. 

Officials in the Upper Peninsula town of Ironwood, Michigan are urging residents to conserve water because of low pressure caused by a water main break.  Residents are being urged to boil water for five minutes before using it.

A 12-inch water main broke along State Routes 4 and 32 in Waterford, New York forcing crews to close down one lane of the busy route during the Thursday morning rush hour. The pipeline that broke had infrastructure dating back to the 1960s. “A lot of the lines in this area are old and there is not enough funding to replace them, so we get periodic breaks,” said Ed Hernandez a project manager with Delaware Engineering.

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