July 28, 2009

Tuesday’s Water News: Sewage Spill Closes Beaches in Long Beach

Posted in California, Florida, Michigan, National, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina at 3:20 pm by pjtabit

Two pumps in the Bixby Terrace neighborhood of Long Beach, California failed Sunday, sending 1,000 gallons of untreated sewage into Los Alamitos Bay.  Officials say the Long Beach sewage spills are fairly common, usually caused by spills in upstream cities.

Headlines
A new report from a House of Representatives committee  confirms infrastructure projects have saved or created 49,377 jobs, more than double the number in the previous month.  The report also notes that only 142 projects, out of 5,079 that will receive stimulus funds, have been completed.

One hundred homes in Pass-A-Grille, Florida are left without water after a water main break Monday night.  Businesses in the area are also struggling to maintain normal operations while repairs are being done.

The Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati is planning to sell municipal bonds worth $150 million on August 10 to fund capital upgrades aimed at curbing sewer overflows and  repairs required by the EPA.

Stimulus Spotlight
Stimulus funds will finance $2.4 million in repairs to the sewer system in Jamestown, North Dakota.  The repairs will address lack of capacity that has lead to raw sewage dumps into the James River in the past.

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