November 2, 2009

Monday’s Water News: California City Fined $2.3 Million for Sewer Overflow

Posted in California, Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oklahoma at 6:28 pm by bengann

The City of Pacifica, California faces a $2.3 million fine imposed by the Regional Water Quality Control Board for discharge of partially treated sewage estimated at 6.9 million gallons into the Pacific Ocean during a rainstorm on January 25 and 26, 2008.

Headlines
Last week’s combined sewer overflow from the Essexville (Mich.) Wastewater Treatment Plant totaled 1.4 million gallons. Plant personnel said the area received about 1.4 inches of rain, which overwhelmed its system and caused the overflow of partially treated sewage and stormwater runoff into the Saginaw River.

It’s been nearly two months since a 64-inch water main burst in the Los Angeles suburb of Studio City unleashed tens of thousands of gallons of water through nearly a dozen shops. Still, many of the local businesses that suffered flood damage remain closed, far longer than they had expected.

Stimulus Spotlight
The Stillwater, Oklahoma city council will review accepting stimulus fund award recommendations for more than $9.7 million of improvements to water and sewer systems. Projects include waterline replacement, refurbishment, meter reading system, pump station improvements, generator equipment, ultraviolet disinfection and lightning protection systems and lift station rehabilitation.

Ophir, Colorado is eligible for federal stimulus funds to support planned improvements to the town’s water system. The town may borrow up to $500,000 at a zero percent interest rate for municipal water system repairs.

Sewer Rate News
Fergus Falls, Minnesota
Jersey City, New Jersey

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