October 20, 2009

Tuesday’s Water News: 100,000 Gallon Sewage Spill in San Antonio

Posted in California, DC, Illinois, Kansas, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas at 4:52 pm by bengann

The city of San Antonio’s utility company says a wastewater line collapse was discovered on Monday, potentially sending thousands of gallons of raw sewage into Olmos Creek. Estimates are that more than 100,000 gallons were spilled due to the break.

Headlines
In California, first a sewage spill, then the first rains of the season, have left Long Beach’s beaches closed to swimmers for much of this week.

The rash of water main breaks in Los Angeles continued this morning, with at three more ruptures causing flooding and street closures. LA officials have stressed that the city’s 7,200 miles of pipe are not actually leaking more in fact, the number of leaks, about 1,400 a year, is down from the past — but recent breaks have gushed more and been more destructive.

Stimulus Spotlight
The District of Columbia government and its water utility will receive a combined $38.9 million in stimulus funding for projects that stem excess dirty stormwater runoff and upgrade the water distribution network’s piping around the city.

The city of Aurora, Illinois will receive slightly more than $1.1 million in interest-free loans from the federal economic stimulus to support replacements of three major water mains.

New York Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D) has announced that almost $366,000 in federal stimulus funds will go towards the planning of clean water projects for Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes.

Sewer Rate News
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