February 16, 2009

Monday Headlines: President Obama to Sign Stimulus Bill Tomorrow

Posted in California, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, National, Pennsylvania, South Carolina at 6:40 pm by bengann

Tomorrow President Barack Obama will sign the $787 billion economic stimulus package that includes as much as $17 billion for environmental infrastructure. The investment in water and wastewater infrastructure is seen as having the dual benefit of creating jobs in the beleaguered construction industry and providing needed money for America’s chronically underfunded water and sewer systems.

In California, a Marin County sewerage agency has agreed to pay $1.6 million in fines for spilling sewage into Richardson Bay last year. The incident closed public beaches for several days after 2.45 million gallons of raw sewage was spilled on Jan. 25, 2008 and another 962,000 gallons of partially treated sewage was spilled six days later.

Johnstown, Pennsylvania is facing a mandatory repair job of its sewer system that will cost millions of dollars. Residents’ sewage rates are likely to rise substantially, and the city will have to apply for financial help to pay for the rest of the system wide overhaul.

The first floor of a San Francisco hotel was flooded Saturday night after a break in a high pressure water main.

A water main break in Goshen, Indiana closed part of busy street to traffic yesterday after the force of the water damaged the roadway and caused chunks of pavement to break away.

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