November 13, 2009

Friday’s Water News: Philadelphia Proposes Stormwater Plan

Posted in Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Pennsylvania at 4:56 pm by bradhannon

Philadelphia’s proposal for an ambitious stormwater plan comes with a catch. The cost to taxpayers would be at or above the upper limit of EPA’s affordability criteria because residents could see their yearly wastewater bill increase 230% over the next 20 years. Philadelphia is required  by the EPA to reduce combined sewer overflows by 85% — or face hefty fines for non-compliance.

Headlines
North Dakota’s state Water Commission is moving forward with plans for a $15.3 million upgrade to the system of canals and pipes that drains Devils Lake floodwaters into the Sheyenne River.

Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District  has awarded contracts totaling more than $1.4 million to five communities for storm-water control.

A water main break that created problems for one of Indianapolis’ busiest intersections Friday morning was repaired in time for the evening commute. But no sooner had crews fixed that leak than another sprang up this afternoon.

Stimulus Spotlight
Next week, the city of La Salle, Illinois will begin construction on a new wastewater treatment plant that is being funded with $15 million from the economic stimulus.

Sewer Rate News
Buffalo Grove, Illinois
Keene, New Hampshire
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Jerome,  Arizona

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