May 29, 2009

Thursday and Friday’s Water News: Pittsburgh Water Main Break Leads to Traffic Delays

Posted in Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont at 4:11 pm by bengann

Pardon my lack of posting yesterday as I was under the weather, to make it up to you here is a supersized update.

Drivers on Pittsburgh’s South Side were met with traffic delays on Thursday morning, after thousands of gallons of water went gushing from a broken 16-inch main into the streets  leaving about 15 homes without water service.

Headlines
A break in a 24-inch water main closed a portion of a major road in West Springfield, Massachusetts, flooding it with about 2 million gallons of water and causing traffic problems.

The northbound lanes of a busy road in Utica, Michigan are closed because of a large water main break and the repairs are expected to take all day.

After more than four years of preparation, officials have broken ground on a state-of-the-art water filtration plant in East Chicago, Indiana. The $55 million facility will provide the purest drinking water currently available and replace the existing 45-year-old facility.

Stimulus Spotlight
The town of Wynot in the northeast corner of Nebraska is getting nearly $1.2 million in federal stimulus money for improvements to its water and wastewater systems.

Farmington, New Mexico has been awarded $2.1 million in federal and state funds to improve more than two miles of water piping–half paid through the federal stimulus bill and half through a state low-interest loan program.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Thursday that 10 New York water and wastewater projects will receive $14.8 million through the federal stimulus package.

Money from the economic stimulus package will pay for the construction of nine miles of water pipelines in downtown Tampa and Davis Islands. The funding will come from a $23 million low-interest loan and a $2.5 million grant and is expected to create about 125 jobs beginning this October.

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