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.

Headlines
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.

Sewer Rate News
Jamestown, Rhode Island
Laurel, Mississippi
Pratt, West Virginia

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