January 16, 2009

Friday Headlines: Kansas City Seeks Federal Funding for Sewers in Stimulus

Posted in California, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania at 2:56 pm by bengann

Kansas City, Missouri is looking for help from the proposed economic recovery legislation to pay for part of its $2.4 billion in federally mandated sewer upgrades. Kansas City has identified $300 million in “shovel-ready” projects where construction could begin immediately if funding was provided.

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District is considering paying nearly $5 million more than originally planned to complete a sewer project in The Flats section of Cleveland, even though it’s unclear if a planned neighborhood will ever be built.

In California, the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) has reached an agreement with regulators about fixing its a sewage overflow system. The settlement requires EBMUD to spend at least $2 million a year to speed repairs. EBMUD  has estimated fixing the problems could take up to 30 years and cost several hundred millions dollars.

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission is repairing a water main break in College Park, Maryland that has damaged seven homes and left 10 customers without water. The 55-year-old pipe may have failed due to exposure to a few days of 40 degree weather followed by a string of 20 degree temps.

Crews in Greensburg, Pennsylvania are braving the bitterly cold temperatures today while they make repairs to a large water main break. The break set water gushing over the road, creating icy conditions and affecting traffic.

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