July 22, 2009

Wednesday’s Water News: Water Main Break Stalls Boston Traffic, Floods Cars

Posted in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin at 5:31 pm by pjtabit

An overnight water main break opened a massive sinkhole in Boston’s South End.  Authorities warned there would be “major delays” during the morning commute and asked people to avoid the area.

Headlines
Increased investment in water and sewer infrastructure has spurred one Ohio business to increase its workforce by 15 percent. Says the president and CEO, Llewellyn Rhone, “a lot of the infrastructure here was put into practice in the early 1900s, we hope to repair and replace the old pipes underground.”

Residents of East Conemaugh Borough, Pennsylvania will benefit from $6.4 million in state aid to help bring their sewage system up to state standards.  The investment is part of $355 million in state aid, announced Tuesday by Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, for 111 green infrastructure projects in 47 counties.

An inadequate sewer system in Ironton, Ohio  succumbs to heavy rains, sending sewage, yard debris, and other waste into residents’ yards.  Residents complain that the system has repeatedly failed causing thousands of dollars in personal property damage.

Stimulus Spotlight
$39 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus funds will finance twenty three water and sewer projects across the state of Georgia.  Additional funds will come from the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority (GEFA) which allocates funding received from the federal Clean Water State Revolving Fund and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.

Lake Havasu City, Arizona will benefit from $2 million in stimulus funds, as well as other assistance, as they phase out aging septic tanks and upgrade their sewer system.

Sewer Rate News
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
King George County, Virginia
Grand Chute, Wisconsin

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