November 20, 2009

Friday’s Water News: Water Main Break Floods Parking Lot in Sacramento

Posted in California, Florida, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Vermont at 5:04 pm by bradhannon

Residents of a South Sacramento apartment complex are waking up to a flooded parking lot after an overnight water main break. Water was high enough to in the apartment parking lot to flood the interiors of some cars and several cars stalled out in the two-feet deep water and had to be pushed out of the water.

School ended early Thursday in Morristown, New York after a water-main break near the lobby flooded hallways.  District Superintendent David J. Glover said the main broke due to age, forcing officials to send students home around 9:30 a.m.

Two water main breaks today in Columbia, Missouri  has disrupted water service and, in some areas, diverted traffic. Bystanders were taking pictures of the flood as it flowed high under cars parked along the side of the street. One car was towed to allow access to the break.

Stimulus Spotlight
Competition has emerged for utilities looking for loans to extend water pipes. Waterline extensions are almost always paid for with borrowed money. The Obama Administration’s economic stimulus program includes an offer to have the federal government pay 45 percent of the cost of interest payments for public works projects’ financing through revenue bonds.

In Florida the Haines City Commission on Thursday approved two water projects totaling $2.3 million that will be financed almost entirely by federal stimulus money.

Vermont’s congressional delegation  announced that the village of Barton will receive $2.8 million for water system improvements funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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