November 12, 2009

Thursday’s Water News: Water Main Break Slows Traffic on Capital Beltway

Posted in Arkansas, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Virginia at 8:13 pm by bengann

A water main break affecting the Inner Loop of the Capital Beltway snarled traffic in the Washington, D.C. suburbs on Thursday and is expected to cause delays for commuters through Friday morning. The failed 10-inch main was buried 11 feet underground making it difficult fix the broken pipe.

Headlines
Akron (Ohio) City Council has approved an agreement with the EPA that is expected to result in the city spending hundreds of millions of dollars to address combined sewer overflow.

Water sample tests from the Hudson River and its tributaries in Rensselaer County, New York have come back with bacteria levels exceeding state limits. The bacteria levels were a result of sewer overflows into the river and creeks from the out-dated infrastructure.

Raw sewage spilled into Columbia, South Carolina’s three major rivers and Lake Murray on Wednesday as the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida soaked the city and overwhelmed wastewater treatment systems.

Stimulus Spotlight
An environmental assessment of a proposed multi-county water line extension in Arkansas has determined the project has no adverse consequences and will allow the project to proceed. The $12 million in funding for the construction project includes a $6 million federal stimulus grant.

Sewer Rate News
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