September 17, 2009

Thursday’s Water News: Los Angeles Can’t Explain ‘Major Blowouts’

Posted in California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas at 5:35 pm by bengann

City engineers in Los Angeles don’t know why underground water pipes in the city have suffered significantly more “major blowouts” in the last three months. City officials have noted that the blowouts underscore the fact that the city’s aging water system, which has 7,200 miles of pipe and moves 600 million gallons of water a day, needs an upgrade.

Headlines
The city of Jeffersonville, Indiana has agreed to make extensive improvements to its sewer systems that will significantly reduce the city’s longstanding sewage overflows into the Ohio River.

Wednesday’s rainstorm in Portland, Oregon caused the city’s sewer system to overflow into the Willamette River leading the city to issue an advisory against any recreational activity in the river until 48 hours after rain has stopped.

In Inkster, Michigan, classes and activities have been cancelled Thursday and Friday at the city’s high school because of water main break repairs. The school has been closed all this week because of the break.

Stimulus Spotlight
Maryland’s Board of Public Works approved yesterday distributing $119.2 million in federal economic stimulus funds for fixing and upgrading water and sewer systems, restoring streams and ponds and creating wetlands.

Sewer Rate News
Clute, Texas
Ridgway, Colorado
Sayre, Pennsylvania
Tampa, Florida 

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