March 23, 2009

Monday Headlines: Colo. Communities Struggle Maintaining Water Systems

Posted in Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania at 12:32 pm by bengann

Smaller communities across Colorado are having a difficult time maintaining their drinking water systems and meeting stricter federal requirements for those systems. Despite receiving $32 million in stimulus funds to help finance drinking-water projects, the money is only a down payment on the state’s existing needs. To illustrate this point, requests for state aid to improve water systems have increased from $800 million to $1.3 billion since 2005.

Most of the water projects in Allegany County, Maryland will be funded with money from the economic stimulus money. The city of Cumberland will receive $6 million to help upgrade its wastewater treatment plant, and the town of LaVale will receive $1.3 million to rehabilitate an  interceptor.

Fulton County, Georgia is likely to have to pay huge fines after spilling almost 1 millions of gallons of raw sewage into the Chattahoochee River in the first few months of 2009.

Two to three feet of water flooded streets and caused road closures near Fenway Park in Boston after a water main break ruptured shooting water 25-feet in the air.

A long-awaited sanitary and storm-sewer replacement project designed to alleviate flooding and sewer backups in Moosic, Pennsylvania is now under construction. The project will provide relief to some residents who have experienced flooding and sewer backups for several decades.

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