January 29, 2010

Friday’s Water News: Water Main Break Floods Intersection, Dodge Neon

Posted in Arizona, California, Indiana, Iowa, New Jersey, New York, Texas at 8:47 pm by bradhannon

In Alameda, California a 24 inch main broke early this morning flooding a road that had water as deep as 3 feet. Crews also needed to rescue a driver, whose Dodge Neon became stranded in the standing water.

Residents and businesses in a section of Jersey City had reduced water pressure yesterday following a water main break. An estimated 2,000 customers were afected by the leak.

Police in Gilbert, Arizona advised drivers to avoid an intersection where a water main broke. There was no immediate word on what caused the break.

Stimulus Spotlight
Stimulus money and other government dollars will fund the construction of San Juan County’s $3.2 million sewer line extension project in Kirtland, Arizona will create new construction jobs.  The new sewer line is funded with about $900,000 in federal stimulus funds in addition to grants awarded by the EPA and the state’s Environment Department.

The Housing Authority of the City of El Paso, Texas is moving forward with two projects to replace obsolete water and sewage lines.  Both will be funded entirely with federal stimulus money.

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Cherokee, Iowa
New Albany, Indiana
Onondaga, New York

January 28, 2010

Thursday’s Water News: Dallas/Ft. Worth Gets Funds for Water Pipeline

Posted in Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas at 8:08 pm by bradhannon

In Texas, the Tarrant Regional Water District has received $101.6 million in financial assistance from the Texas Water Development Board to help with the design and planning of a 179-mile pipeline that will bring more water from East Texas to the Metroplex.  The $1.9 billion pipeline is a joint project with Dallas Water Utilities.

Residents and businesses in a section of Jersey City, New Jersey had reduced water pressure this morning following a water main break. Full service is not expected to be restored until some time tomorrow.  An estimated 2,000 customers are affected by the leak in the 30-inch main.

Westville, Illinois officials praised their gas and water workers on Tuesday for their efforts in repairing five separate water main breaks in the past three weeks.  The 80-year-old water mains beneath the streets had broken in recent weeks, requiring emergency repairs.

Stimulus Spotlight
The EPA mandated the city of Zanesville, Ohio replace combined sewers where, when the storm flow exceeds the pipe’s capacity, they discharge to the river.  Although the project will cost a combined $30 million, the city did get some help from the government.  The city applied for and received funding from the stimulus program for three different projects that were sewer related.

A $15 million sewer system overhaul in Medford,  New Jersey is advancing this month with the help of federal stimulus funds.  The revamp of the town’s 41-year-old sewer plant is intended to make wastewater treatment more efficient and reliable for its 5,100 customers.

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Davenport, Iowa
North Kansas City, Missouri
Norton Shores, Michigan
West Cape May, New Jersey

January 27, 2010

Wednesday’s Water News: 3 Separate Water Main Breaks Today in L.A.

Posted in California, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Montana, New York, Pennsylvania at 8:22 pm by bradhannon

Three water main breaks today in Los Angeles have kept the city’s Public Works department busy. Since September 1, the city has recorded more than 35 major ruptures in its water system where streets were flooded and the pavement buckled.

Public works crews were busy for hours in Stowe,  Pennsylvania after a water main ruptured.  The 24-inch main likely ruptured because of  excess pressure in the system, and approximately 55 customers were without water until the main could be repaired and the water was found safe for consumption.

A water main break in Nederland, Colorado closed the towns’s middle school and high school after both buildings were without water service.

Stimulus Spotlight
Federal economic stimulus funding for two local wastewater projects were formally approved Monday, when the state released $185 million for projects across Massachusetts.  North Attleboro is getting $441,000 to detect and fix leaks in its sewer system and Dighton-Rehoboth Regional schools will receive $650,000 for a new sewage treatment facility.

The town of Batavia, New York has received $850,000 in money from the economic stimulus to upgrade more than 10,000 feet of lines in its sewer district. Work should begin in the spring and will take about a year to complete.

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Edwardsville, Kansas
Great Falls, Montana
Olney, Illinois

January 26, 2010

Tuesday’s Water News: Jackson, Miss. Asks State for Help With Water Lines

Posted in Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas at 7:29 pm by bradhannon

Today, the City Council of Jackson, Mississippi was expected to ask the state legislature for money to start replacing its aging water lines so that they have fewer breaks. During the recent cold weather, the city had 150 water main breaks.

The North Carolina Department of Natural Resources is looking into large area sewer spills that occurred in Johnson County due to the heavy rainfall on Monday.

Despite problems with its newly expanded wastewater, Buffalo, Missouri is only one of three municipalities in Missouri to be nominated for the state’s Wastewater of the Year award.

Stimulus Spotlight
State and local officials were in Putnam, Connecticut yesterday to announce that two federal stimulus-funded water and sewer projects would create 110 local jobs.

Provincetown and Wellfleet, Massachusetts will receive the lion’s share of almost $30 million in federal stimulus grants for local water and sewer projects on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard.

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Brownsville, Texas 
Madison Township, Ohio
Monmouth, Illinois
Sheffield, Ohio

January 25, 2010

Monday’s Water News: Massachusetts Cities Get $6.6M for Sewer Overflows

Posted in Arizona, California, Florida, Iowa, Massachusetts, Vermont at 6:43 pm by bengann

Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal (D) announced today the release of $6.6 million in federal stimulus money to reduce sewer overflows affecting rivers in the cities of Springfield and Chicopee.

An early-morning water main break in Walnut Creek, California caused the subsequent break of a natural gas line, prompting the evacuation of a few homes.

A water main break sent thousands of gallons of water flowing onto the street, flooding several homes and businesses in Phoenix, Arizona on Sunday.

Stimulus Spotlight
Lake Hamilton, Florida has received a welcome surprise, a $190,000 grant from the economic stimulus to install new water lines. The new lines will replace older lines that break frequently.

After talking about it for 30 years, Barre, Vermont is close to replacing its century-old sewer lines. Stimulus funding would pay for 95% of the $15 million project, but the city has to come up with 2% of the road construction money, plus another million dollars to replace old sewer pipes. That’s a $1.8 million bond voters will be asked to approve on Town Meeting Day.

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Gerber, California
Sioux City, Iowa

January 22, 2010

Friday’s Water News: In California, 140K Gallon Sewage Spill Near Wetlands

Posted in California, DC, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, North Dakota, Oregon at 3:06 pm by bradhannon

In Sebastopol, California state water officials say an estimated 140,000 gallons of raw sewage has flooded into a field next to a wetlands area that drains into the Russian River.  The spill was caused by a rupture in a wastewater pipeline that carries raw sewage from the city to a treatment plant.

A pair of water main breaks in Washington, D.C. have created gridlock, of the traffic variety. The breaks occurred yesterday and were still being repaired this morning, closing some streets in Northeast D.C. during the morning rush hour.

The City Council in Fall River, Massachusetts was scheduled to meet this afternoon to resolve a $3.5 million sewer deficit. Mayor Will Flanagan has suggested eliminating the city’s stormwater tax while some residents and businesses strongly oppose the idea.

Stimulus Spotlight
The North Dakota community of Karlsruhe hopes to have a new water treatment plant under construction this summer.  The estimated $850,000 project will mostly be paid for with grant and federal stimulus money.

Work is under way on the largest sanitary sewer project in the history of Wheaton, Illinois: a $16 million, nearly 3-mile wastewater pipeline that is being funded entirely through federal stimulus grants and loans.

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Niagara Falls, New York
Fairview, Oregon
Bellingham, Massachusetts
Angels Camp, California

January 21, 2010

Thursday’s Water News: Mishawaka (Ind.) Motorists Detoured by Main Break

Posted in Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Ohio, Virginia, Wyoming at 6:46 pm by bradhannon

Drivers in Mishawaka, Indiana used parking lots as shortcuts to maneuver around an intersection closed by a water main break. Some residents salted the roadway yesterday to stop standing water in the intersection from freezing.

In Tampa, Florida a major road was closed in both directions yesterday while crews worked to repair a water main break that caused a hole to open in the road.

A water main break at the Manchester School in Middletown, Ohio forced Middletown City Schools to postpone a scheduled training class on a new computer system for parents.

Stimulus Spotlight
The town of Deaver, Wyoming  received a grant from the federal stimulus funds for around $1.1 million.  The project, replacing the town’s entire collection system, was badly needed because the old system was built with old clay pipe, which was deteriorating.

In Kennebunkport, Maine a 10,000-foot long water pipe replacement project is slated for this year.  The Maine Drinking Water Program received four times the amount of money from the EPA this year because of the stimulus funds released.  The $2 million-plus project will begin around March 1.

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Davenport, Iowa
Berryville, Virginia
Phoenix, Arizona
Newark, Ohio

January 20, 2010

Wednesday’s Water News: Massive Water Main Break In Oklahoma

Posted in Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Wyoming at 9:04 pm by bradhannon

Water is back on for thousands of homes and businesses in Oklahoma City after a massive water main break.  The 72-inch line broke on Tuesday afternoon and forced the cancellation of classes at Oklahoma City Community College on Tuesday night.

A 12-inch water main break that flooded three lanes of the Baltimore Beltway’s Outer Loop  affected traffic through the evening rush hour yesterday.

Eighteen communities in Kansas will share nearly seven million dollars, in water and sewer grants from the federal government’s Community Development Block Grant program.

Stimulus Spotlight
A $35.8 million loan from the economic stimulus will upgrade a sewage treatment plant in Austin, Texas and will add a methane-powered generator that could power 750 homes as well as double the facility’s capacity for turning Austin’s toilet waste into nutrient-rich soil known as Dillo Dirt.

It will be up to the owners of the 160 dwellings in Louisville, New York whether to accept a Rural Development financing package.  If the offer is approved by district residents and finalized by USDA, the town would receive $3.77 million in grant funding and a low-interest loan for $1.28 million.  The influx of federal stimulus money made the project much more affordable and attractive for residents.

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Aurora, Ohio
Casper, Wyoming
Chesterton, Indiana
Columbus, Ohio

January 19, 2010

Tuesday’s Water News: Water Main Break Closes School in Vermont

Posted in Colorado, Connecticut, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin at 11:09 am by bradhannon

Molly Stark Elementary School in Bennington, Vermont will be closed for the remainder of the week because of a water main break that happened on Sunday.

In Alexandria, Virginia a 12-inch pipe that runs under a historic statue broke, opening a gaping hole near the base of its large granite stand. Utility crews shut down Washington Street cutting off the main thoroughfare and bewildering pedestrians and drivers.

A large water main break along Colfax Avenue in Lakewood, Colorado is blocking a number of lanes on the street, said Steve Davis, spokesman for the Lakewood Police Department.

Metropolitan District Commission crews are working to repair a 12-inch water main that broke this afternoon in East Hartford, Connecticut.

Stimulus Spotlight
In Indiana, Union City’s north water plant is undergoing major renovations now, thanks to the State Revolving Loan Fund and the federal Stimulus money.

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Conneaut, Ohio
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Madison, Wisconson
Spring Hill, Tennessee

January 15, 2010

Friday’s Water News: Residents in North Carolina Without Water After Massive Break

Posted in Alaska, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas at 1:13 pm by bradhannon

Residents of Wrightsville’s north end in North Carolina might be without water as the town’s public works team repairs a water main leak that occurred at approximately 3:30 a.m. today. The water main erupted and water ripped through the street sending a foot-high stream of water gushing down the street after the 12-inch main burst.

The major water main break is fixed but it will still be a couple days before Overbrook, Kansas is back to normal.The community’s water system started losing pressure Wednesday.Even though everyone in town has water again, a boil advisory remains in effect because of the possibility contaminants could have entered the system.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that communities across rural Alaska will receive $49 million through the Rural Alaska Village Grant Program. The funds will be used to address chronic water quality problems and provide jobs to rural residents.  Federal funds will be provided to construct  new water treatment plants, bury water mains, build sewer collection mains and decommission old water treatment plants.

A major part of Frederick, Maryland was without water Thursday after a water main ruptured under Willowdale Drive at Key Parkway.

Stimulus Spotlight
Although the project was supported with stimulus money, an additional $105,000 is needed to complete the replacement of wastewater mains along Water Street in Exter, Hew Hampshire.  It is anticipated that ARRA funds would pay 50 percent of the total cost, or $350,000, Perry said.  So this leaves the town to pick up $350,000 of which $245,000 was approved at the May 2009 Special Town Meeting. The remaining $105,000 still needs to be found.

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Tarpon Springs, Florida
Dallas, Texas
Silver Spring Township, Pennsylvania

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