August 6, 2009

Thursday’s Water News: Indianapolis Mayor Seeks Advice On Improving Water and Wastewater Systems

Posted in Arizona, Indiana, National, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas at 3:00 pm by pjtabit

Yesterday the mayor of Indianapolis, Indiana released a “request for expressions of interest” (REI) for suggestions to improve the city’s water and wastewater systems.  According to the mayor, the city requires $3 billion in improvements over fifteen years.

Headlines
A broken sewage line in Phoenix, Arizona has closed a busy intersection after causing several sinkholes.  Officials warn that traffic in the area will be restricted for months while repairs are made.

The EPA  announced yesterday that it will conduct a review of its current policy regarding water supplies containing perchlorate, a toxic chemical contained in rocket fuel and fireworks.  Currently the EPA does not regulate the chemical’s presence in the water supply.

Stimulus Spotlight
The EPA will grant $93 million in stimulus funds  to the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) for improvements to improve aging water infrastructure.  The funds will go to the state’s Clean Water Revolving Fund program.

The USDA Rural Development Agency has allocated $1.36 million in federal funding to Woodridge, New York to replace its wastewater treatment plan, and perform other system improvements.  In all, the city will invest over $4 million in the project.

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