August 31, 2009

Monday’s Water News: Hartford (Conn.) Begins Massive Sewer Separation Project

Posted in California, Connecticut, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas at 4:52 pm by bengann

The Metropolitan District Commission of Hartford, Connecticut has begun its 15-year, $2 billion sewer separation project by digging a 3,700 foot tunnel. Ratepayers will foot the bill for the project with an annual sewer service surcharge that is outlined in their water bill.

In Del Rio, Texas, a 12-inch water main break rupture flooded nearby streets and disrupted water service to a local hospital. As a result of the break 400,000 gallons of water were lost. 

Commuters near the Truman Sports Complex in Kansas City will see delays over the  next week after a water main break near the stadiums for the city’s National Football League and Major League Baseball franchises.

Stimulus Spotlight
The Pennsylvania boroughs of Blawnox and Sharpsburg are receiving $225,000 and $125,000 respectively from the economic stimulus o repair their sewer systems.  

$307 Million in federal stimulus funds to help clean up water throughout New York state are starting to go out to nearly three dozen public works projects.

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Placerville, California
Saint Peters, Missouri

August 28, 2009

Friday Headlines: Sewage Spill to Close Beach for Remainder of Season

Posted in Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas at 1:31 pm by bengann

Shepard Park Beach in Lake George, New York, the site of a July 5 sewage spill, will close for the remainder of the season. The beach has been shut down ever since a pipe broke in the village’s main sewage pump station spewing nearly 10,000 gallons of pollution across the beach and into the lake.

An investigation into a water main rupture that flooded a major road in Bethesda, Maryland last December has found that inspection records might have been thrown away, complicating efforts to determine why the main was installed improperly and whether other pipes have similar problems.

The borough of Manor, Pensylvania  will pay a $4,500 fine to the state Department of Environmental Protection for a sewage overflow last December.

A $2.6 million project to construct a new clarifier at the regional wastewater treatment facility in Gautier, Mississippi is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Stimulus Spotlight
Ten South Dakota communities and one rural pipeline will be the last to benefit from the $36.5 million the state received in federal economic stimulus aid this yea to use for projects improving drinking water and sewer systems.

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Celina, Texas
Memphis, Tennessee
Rome, Georgia

August 27, 2009

Thursday’s Water News: EPA Reaches Agreement with Seattle on Overflows

Posted in California, Georgia, Indiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Washington, West Virginia at 5:24 pm by bengann

The EPA has reached agreements with Seattle and King County to reduce how much sewage is dumped into lakes, rivers and Puget Sound during heavy rainstorms. Every year 1.94 billion gallons of untreated sewage and polluted runoff from Seattle and King County are discharged into the Sound and other bodies of water as a result of overflows.

City officials in Fort Wayne, Indiana have approved the emergency repair of an overflowing sewer pipe that was built in 1867.

The largest sewer spill in the history of Laguna Beach, California will cost the city $70,000 after the state regulatory agency which oversees water quality issued a fine for stemming from the record breaking sewage spill that released 590,000 gallons of sewage into the ocean last October. 

Stimulus Spotlight
Hart County, Georgia will receive $500,000 in stimulus money in the form of a Community Development Block Grant to expand the county’s water infrastructure.

The city of North Wildwood, New Jersey is getting $3.7 million in economic stimulus funds via the USDA Rural Development’s Water and Environmental Program to make improvements to its existing sanitary sewer system, including constructing and replacing an eight-inch sanitary main.

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Jamestown, Rhode Island
Laurel, Mississippi
Pratt, West Virginia

August 26, 2009

Wednesday’s Water News: Army to Begin 5-Year Sewer Project at Wisconsin facility

Posted in Arkansas, California, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin at 11:46 am by bengann

The U.S. Army is expected to begin an estimated 5-year sewer reconstruction project at the Badger Army Ammunition Plant near Baraboo, Wisconsin that could cost between $1.2 and $2 million dollars. The work needs to be completed before the Army turns over the land to local control.

The former public works director for Lake Ozark, Missouri has received three years’ probation and a $5,000 fine for failing to report raw sewage discharged into Lake of the Ozarks.

Deciding to use an ultraviolet light disinfection system in the expansion of its water treatment facility will save the town of Newburgh, Indiana about $100,000 in construction costs, and also will be more friendly to the environment.

Stimulus Spotlight
In Ohio, Butler County has received $1.7 million in grants and loans from the economic stimulus for a expansion of a treatment plant project and construction of a water storage tank. The projects are expected to create a few dozen construction jobs. County officials must bid out the work by the end of September.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that five communities in Mississippi are receiving stimulus funds to improve their water systems.

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Bentonville, Arkansas
Biloxi, Mississippi
Century, California

August 25, 2009

Tuesday’s Water News: EPA to Review New Albany (Ind.) Sewer Overflows

Posted in Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Texas at 4:20 pm by bengann

The EPA is reviewing complaints from residents in New Albany, Indiana about sanitary sewer overflows. The city is under a consent decree with the EPA for Clean Water Act violations.

Some residents in Taylor, Texas were asked to boil their water to destroy harmful bacteria and other microbes that are possibly in the drinking water after a water main break caused a drop in water pressure.

A street in Kansas City had to be closed over the weekend after a water main break eroded the soil creating a sinkhole.

Stimulus Spotlight
The city of Sebring, Florida has been awarded a $2.07 million grant from the economic stimulus to loop its water lines.  Only 10 cities in Florida were awarded funds from the drinking water state revolving fund by way of the economic stimulus.

Bonifay, Florida will receive a $468,816 grant and an $82,732 loan from the federal economic stimulus to extend city water to a local hospital and support development south of the City.

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Century, Florida
Charlotte, Michigan
Cresson, Pennsylvania

August 21, 2009

Friday’s Water News: Evansville (Ind.) Completes Treatment Plant Project

Posted in Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Tennessee, Wisconsin at 2:30 pm by bengann

Evansville, Indiana has dedicated a new $23.5 million biological aerated filter project at its west side water treatment plant that will allow the plant to treat 40 million gallons per day, helping combat flooding and sewer problems.

Manholes and pumping stations in Duluth, Minnesota couldn’t handle the extra rainwater on Wednesday and Thursday and spewed a mixture of rain and untreated sewage onto streets and into local streams and Lake Superior. Under an EPA Consent Decree, the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District and the city of Duluth are combining to spend more than $100 million over a decade to correct sewer overflow problems.

Hundreds of  residents in Monson, Massachusetts were forced to deal with the heat with no running water Thursday night after a major water main break resulted in a loss of 750,000 gallons of water and interrupted service to the town’s main water supply

Stimulus Spotlight
The EPA has announced the state of Wisconsin will receive more than $37 million in stimulus funds to help the state and local governments finance  overdue improvements to water projects.

The state of Alabama  has been awarded more than $63 million from the economic stimulus to improve aging water and wastewater infrastructure in the state.

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Fairfield, Iowa
South Pittsburg, Tennessee

The next post will not be until Tuesday, August 25.

August 20, 2009

Thursday’s Water News: Indy Suburb Begins $6.6 Million Sewer Project

Posted in California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, New Jersey, Rhode Island, West Virginia at 4:42 pm by bengann

Noblesville, Indiana has begun to replace an aging sewer line that carries an extimated price tag of $6.6 million. The project will replace a more-than-100-year-old combined sanitary and storm sewer running into the White River.

About 400 households in Cumberland, Rhode Island were without water this afternoon after a major water main break which also caused a large sinkhole in the middle of the road. (photo courtesy of WLNE-TV)

Officials in Cape May, New Jersey have closed a recreational area of the beach since Monday after a flood of raw sewage discharged in the surf area.

Stimulus Spotlight 
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has awarded $2.8 million in economic stimulus funding to the city of Bonifay for rehabilitation of  the its sewer collection system. Bonifay is one of 58 projects in 52 Florida communities scheduled to receive economic stimulus money to help build critical drinking water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure.

Frazier Park, California  has been approved for a $1 million grant and a $2.1 million low-interest loan from the economic stimulus via the USDA Rural Development’s Water and Waste Disposal Program to replace three failing tanks, pipe lines, valves, hydrants and the fraying patchwork of repaired lines.

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Frostproof, Florida
Hebron, Illinois
Oak Hill, West Virginia

August 19, 2009

Wednesday’s Water News: Frustation in Central Valley (Calif.) Grows Over Clean Drinking Water

Posted in California, Georgia, Indiana, New Hampshire, Virginia, West Virginia at 12:59 pm by bengann

Frustration is growing in the Central Valley of California with the lack of a clean drinking water supply. After years of effort by community activists, politicians and teenagers, the state’s progress toward clean water for all has been overshadowed by discoveries of more problems.

A water main break this morning in Alexandria, Virginia shut down a portion of a major street forcing commuters to use alternate routes. The break is expected to take at least 8 hours to fix and has left 600 residents without water.

Under a settlement with the EPA, Portsmouth, New Hampshire will build better wastewater treatment and control sewer overflows. The consent decree requires the city to complete all construction for its Combined Sewer Overflow control projects by October 2013.

Stimulus Spotlight
Blackshear, Georgia has secured $500,000 in federal stimulus money in the form of a Community Block Development Grant to finance the industrial park water and sewer expansion project.

Virginia Governor Tim Kaine has accepted $80.2 millionin federal stimulus money from the EPA for wastewater treatment improvements. The money will be used to reduce discharges of pollutants into the Chesapeake Bay watershed and eliminate overflows of raw sewage in communities throughout the state.

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Carmel, Indiana
Point Pleasant, West Virginia
Visalia, California

August 18, 2009

Tuesday’s Water News: St. Louis Finalizing $1.9 Billion to Reduce Sewer Pollution

Posted in California, Florida, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon at 2:32 pm by bengann

The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District is completing the details of a $1.9 billion plan to reduce pollution from the sewers of St. Louis and some inner suburbs of St. Louis County. The project will be financed by increased sewer rates which could eventually reach $100 a month.

A new $14.2 million combined sewer overflow station in Chicopee, Massachusetts is expected to be operational later this week. The plant will screen and disinfect 143 million gallons of sewage annually along with the largest sewer overflow in the city.

The state of New Jersey may decide this week to order the borough of Haledon to repair its sewer lines, some of which back up in heavy rain and lead to sewage discharge into drains leading to the Passaic River.

Stimulus Spotlight
About $205,000 from the economic stimulus has been awarded to the town of Oaks, Oklahoma for the construction of a wastewater system. The funds will help build new wastewater lagoons to prevent leakage into a nearby creek.

Six employees of the village of Middleport, Ohio will benefit from extra work created through a $3 million waterline replacement and well development project funded through the economic stimulus program.

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Escondido, California
Marco Island, Florida
Waldport, Oregon

August 17, 2009

Monday’s Water News: Broken Sewer Line Causes Sinkhole in Salt Lake City

Posted in Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah at 5:43 pm by bengann

A massive sinkhole in Salt Lake City caused by a broken sewer linethat had eroded the ground is creating problems for area residents. The sinkhole caused a retaining wall to collapse in parts. Local newscasters referred to the sinkhole collapse as the “stinkhole.”

Residents of an apartment complex in Springfield, Massachusetts had their service disrupted and parking lot flooded over the weekend. Residents say this is not the first break to affect the complex this year.

A ball check valve broke Sunday afternoon in a sewage lift station in St. Charles, Illinois sending raw sewage out of the building, and into the Fox River.

Stimulus Spotlight
The Onslow (N.C.) Water and Sewer Authority has accepted stimulus funds for two water projects. The first project funding is for the construction of two new supply wells to address mandatory withdrawal reductions and the second is for construction of a 12-inch raw water pipeline to connect to an existing raw water pipeline to a water treatment plant.

A combined Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan and stimulus grant of $1.435 million has been awarded to Muskogee County, Oklahoma  to upgrade the county’ wastewater treatment plant. The project will consist of constructing 3,600 feet of 54-inch sanitary sewer line and all related construction and appurtenances.

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Boerne, Texas
Oswego, New York

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