February 13, 2009

Friday Headlines: Congress Passes Stimulus, Awaits President’s Signature

Posted in California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, National, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont at 7:39 pm by bengann

Today, the House passed the economic stimulus conference report that contains billions of dollars in investment for water and wastewater infrastructure by a vote of 264-183. The Senate is expected to pass the conference report late this evening. Once passed, President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law.

Headlines
In Burlington, Vermont, combined sewer overflows are believed to be the cause of  a variety of man-made chemicals that have been found in the streams and waterways that discharge into Lake Champlain.

WTVF-TV in Nashville reports on the decay of the city’s sewer system. Mayor Karl Dean has proposed a sewer rate increase to pay for infrastructure upgrades needed to comply with federal mandates.

People in Ogden, Utah have quite a mess to clean up after an 18-inch water main broke last night as the water turned to ice which coated the trees and buildings. At one point water shot as high as 50 feet into the air.

A water main break in Bay Park, California has caused the closure of a school for a fifth time. The frequent water main breaks are frustrating school officials which last closed school in December because the same water main broke.

Sewer Rate News
Amherst, Massachusetts
Southington, Connecticut

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