August 12, 2009

Wednesday’s Water News: Corpus Christi Sinkhole Leaves Big Mess

Posted in Alabama, Arizona, California, Georgia, Indiana, Maine, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Texas at 7:09 pm by bengann

A basketball size sinkhole in Corpus Christi, Texas caused by a water main break developed into a big mess for water department employees. The city water department said they’re not sure how long ago the water main in that area broke, but they have been busy all summer long dealing with similar problems.

Headlines
Tuesday’s rainstorm in Portland, Oregon caused the city’s sewer system to overflow into the Willamette River. Portland is in the 18th year of a 20-year program to improve the city’s sewer system and eliminate most overflows.

A large water main broke early Wednesday morning in Apple Valley, California flooding at least five homes, filling yards with mud and closing a road.

Middletown, New York will bond for almost $4 million to rebuild the Sterling Street sewer system to eliminate the longstanding problem of sewer overflows every time it rains heavily.

A malfunctioning pump station along in Fairburn, Georgia has been found to be responsible for the August 5 release of nearly 128,000 gallons of raw sewage into the waterway that feeds into a neighboring creek.

Stimulus Spotlight
In Auburn, Maine, a $7.7 million disinfectant facility using ultraviolet light instead of chemicals, is being built to meet federal drinking water quality standards. The project is receiving a grant covering 30 percent of the costs and interest-free loans for the rest.

Sewer Rate News
Crothersville, Indiana
Dothan, Alabama
Mesquite, Nevada
Prescott Valley, Arizona

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