August 13, 2009

Thursday’s Water News: After 140 Years A Water Main Breaks

Posted in Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia at 4:57 pm by bengann

After 140 years in service, a water main in New York City burst last Friday. The break caused flooding in15 residential and office buildings causing some to be evacuated. A clothing store was the most affected having as much as $50,000 worth of merchandise badly damaged.

Headlines
The town of Bath, West Virginia is financing a water line replacement project with a $3 million loan from the West Virginia Drinking Water Treatment Revolving Fund and a $1.2 million loan from the West Virginia Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council.

Texas environmental regulators have fined the former operator of a Denton mobile home park for spilling 72,000 gallons of sewage into a drainage ditch that feeds Cooper Creek last summer. Among the violations, the company failed to equip the sewage lift station with an audio-visual alarm system.

A water main break today disrupted service to residents in Milford, Massachusetts. The town is currently in a drinking water crisis and has issued a water-boil order in effect due to bacterial contamination.

Stimulus Spotlight
Brian Head, Utah plans on upgrading its water system, including laying new transmission pipes, with a a $5.5 million loan and a $3.6 million grant in federal stimulus money from the USDA.

Sewer Rate News
Cape May, New Jersey
Geneva, Illinois
Leesburg, Virginia

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