May 5, 2009

Tuesday Headlines: Alabama Considers Help for Jefferson Cty. Sewer Debt

Posted in Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia at 7:32 pm by bengann

A push is on to get state lawmakers in Alabama to consider using excess money from Jefferson County’s one-cent sales tax for schools to pay for the county’s massive sewer debt.

A ruptured sewer line pumping raw wastewater into a creek in northwest Davenport, Iowa was under repair today by public works crews. As a precaution, chlorine is being added three times rather than the usual two times during treatment. In addition, chlorine is being added at the inflow pipe.

Newton, Iowa is exploring its options to correct sewer backups occurring in a neighborhood during heavy rains. Last year, the city hired an engineering firm to update its wastewater Facility Plan Update. In its study the engineering firm indicated that the sewer system in the affected area did not have adequate capacity to handle peak flow during heavy rain storms.

A water main that sprang a leak early Monday morning along Route 42 in Dayton, Virginia has been repaired.

Stimulus Spotlight
The town of Stanley, Pennsylvania will receive $100,000 in federal economic stimulus funds to control inflow and infiltration problems with the sewer system.

Sewer Rate News
Crown Point, Indiana
Newton, Massachusetts
Washington County, Maryland

May 4, 2009

Monday Headlines: Water Main Break Floods Sacramento Elementary School

Posted in Arizona, California, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Texas, West Virginia at 8:37 pm by bengann

A water main break at an elementary school in Sacramento, California flooded the campus, parking lot, and streets Monday morning. Staff members were bringing in sandbags to protect the other classrooms in the flooded areas.

The recent heavy rains in Owosso, Michigan have caused sewage overflows of apprximately 500,000 gallons as a result of excessive storm water runoff.  

About 120,000 gallons of sewage spilled this morning in Austin, Texas after a break in a 12-inch wastewater line.

A combined sewer overflow that started April 25 in Grand Rapids, Michigan continues to affect the Grand River in Ottawa County, and the heavy rains have washed a considerable amount of sediment and contamination into the river.

Stimulus Spotlight
Two communities in Pinal County, Arizona will receive about $6.3 million in stimulus funds to complete water-related projects. Most of the funds will be distributed by the state Water Infrastructure Finance Authority, which provides low-interest loans and grants. Projects in Pinal County will create or sustain 39 jobs, according to project estimates.

 Sewer Rate News
Grand Island, Nebraska
Washington County, Maryland
Wheeling, West Virginia

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