January 13, 2010

Wednesday’s Water News: Water Main Break in Cincinnati Floods Parking Garage

Posted in DC, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas at 12:40 pm by bradhannon

Fire crews in Cincinnati, Ohio were sent to a Ninth Street parking garage just before 1:30 a.m. after someone reported water running down the street from the garage entrance.  Crews arrived to find a geyser of water coming from a stairwell on the ground floor of the garage, flooding much of the floor.  The water was turned off and crews began repairing the line.

Headlines
Traffic was disrupted in Washington, D.C. and at least one District restaurant had to close temporarily after a large water main ruptured, sending water gushing through a heavily traveled downtown intersection.

On Tuesday, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Water and Sewer Authority crews worked on five breaks, each is a 6-inch main. January is usually a busy month for water repair crews. Last January the agency had 74 water main breaks.

Stimulus Spotlight
New economic stimulus money has become available to help the city of Nashua, New Hampshire finish an extensive sewer project, but officials have to scramble to apply for the money.  Principal payments on the $250,000 loan from the state Department of Environmental Services would be offset by up to $125,000 of economic stimulus funds.

Construction of a $3.6 million expanded water treatment plant in New Buffalo, Michigan will begin in April, city officials said. A state loan and now recent federal stimulus funds will help keep the project’s interest rate down, say city officials.  The stimulus funds will total about $1 million from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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