July 31, 2009

Friday’s Water News: Sewage Closes Busy Iowa Vacation Site

Posted in Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, National, Ohio, Pennsylvania at 3:42 pm by pjtabit

Vacationers hoping to cool off in Iowa’s Big Spirit Lake have been sent home after a broken sewer main spilled an unknown amount of raw waste in a section  of the lake.

Headlines
A water main break in Scranton, Pennsylvania has left 300 residents without water. A Pennsylvania American Water spokesperson decline to estimate how long repairs would take or when water would be restored.

A 20-inch water main in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania ruptured on Thursday sending thousands of gallons of water into city streets.

While firefighters battled flames in York, Pennsylvania, a 6-inch water main ruptured just one block away, adding to the confusion for city officials.  Officials have not yet determined whether the water being drown from hydrants at the fire site may have triggered the burst.

Stimulus Spotlight
Mascoutah and Hamel, Illinois will invest a combined $2.1 million in various drinking water and clean water projects including installation of 9,000 feet of 12-inch water pipe, and repair of a underground water pump.

New statistics show stimulus funding for clean water and drinking water has been slow to get out the door, as the EPA has paid out only $30 million of the available $6 billion.

According to a new report from IHS Global Insight, despite funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), instracture spending is still set to decline by 4.3% in 2009. The report also states that spending will increase marginally in 2011 as the economy recovers and the stimulus package is fully implemented.

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