April 2, 2009

Thursday Headlines: Allegheny County Needs $21 Billiion for System Upgrades

Posted in Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia at 4:09 pm by bengann

In Pennsylvania, an audit of the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (Alcosan) released this morning estimates the authority might need as much as $21 billion to comply with a federal order to upgrade its storm water and sewer management system. Below is an eye popping quote from the story.

…the authority’s funding troubles may lead to as much as a $3,104 annual rate increase for ratepayers in the Alcosan system if the authority doesn’t receive any outside funding to help pay for its system-wide upgrade, slated to start in about five years. Businesses served by Alcosan, they added, could see a rate increase anywhere between $3,000 and $25,000 annually…

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The City Council in New Bedford, Massachusetts has voted to recommend borrowing $19.3 million to fund the removal of almost 6,000 cubic yards of PCB-contaminated grit from the city’s primary sewer pipe. Removing the grit will increase the sewer main’s capacity thereby reducing the likelihood of overflows.

Rising water is overwhelming the storm drain system in Arlington, Georgia. The recent heavy rain has about ten thousands of gallons per day flowing out of the sewers there.

A precautionary boil water advisory remains in effect in Marion, Ohio after a break in a 20-inch water main on Wednesday morning reduced pressure.

Motorists driving in Durham, North Carolina will continue to be rerouted while city crews repair breaks in two parallel water lines. Repair work is dependent on weather conditions, which may delay the repairs for several days.

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