January 12, 2010

Tuesday’s Water News: State of Emergency in Mississippi After Water Main Breaks

Posted in Georgia, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas at 10:49 am by bradhannon

A state of emergency have been declared in Mississippi by Governor Haley Barbour and Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. as water lines have ruptured across the city, dropping water pressure.  Numerous breaks have forced the closure of state offices, schools and businesses and prompted officials to issue precautionary boil water notices.

At least 105 water mains burst between last Wednesday and Monday morning in Dallas, Texas. On average the city has four or five breaks per day. Dallas Water Utilities Assistant Director Charles Stringer attributed 60 percent of the breaks to the weather – the coldest in more than a decade.

Atlanta, Georgia crews were working to repair another round of water main breaks early Tuesday.  The total number — 15 breaks in 24 hours — could be a record for the city. As the mains break, water flows onto roadways and eventually becomes ice in the freezing temperatures.

Stimulus Update
In New Jersey, Atlantic County has approved borrowing $5.9 million of stimulus money from the economic stimulus to repair and rehabilitate processing equipment at a Wastewater Treatment Facility in Atlantic City. More than half of the loan – $3,955,000 – will be forgiven and will not need to be repaid

The county of Aiken, South Carolina has started work on a sewer system that it will eventually take over from the Avondale Mills water system and will receive $4 million in stimulus funds to repair the system.

Sewer Rate News
Collierville, Tennessee
Conneaut, Ohio
De Soto, Kansas
Fenton, Michigan


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