January 14, 2010

Thursday’s Water News: Jackson, Mississippi Hit with More Water Main Breaks

Posted in Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Virginia at 2:10 pm by bradhannon

Crews continue working around the clock to repair dozens of broken water mains across the city of Jackson, Mississippi.  Mayor Harvey Johnson said in a Wednesday morning news conference eight additional crews from other cities were backing up employees from Jackson’s Public Works Department.  Since last week, 123 water line breaks have been reported.

Headlines
The cold weather has broken so many water lines in High Point, North Carolina that officials are asking residents to conserve water.  City public services director Chris Thompson says the city has worked on about 30 water main breaks in the past month.

Hundreds of people in two Rosebud County, Montana communities spent the past week without running water, and relief may be delayed for some residents.  Northern Cheyenne Tribe president Leroy Spang has declared a state of emergency, and officials and volunteers have been delivering bottled water to residents.

A major water main break knocked out water for hundreds of people living in Warner Robins, Georgia overnight.

Stimulus Spotlight
Upgrades at the Field’s Point Wastewater Treatment Facility will create approximately 75 local construction jobs, U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse’s office said Wednesday.  Whitehouse, D-R.I., toured the plant Wednesday to learn about the planned upgrades, which are being funded by the economic stimulus law.

Virginia was second in the nation to fund all its water-quality projects, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine said yesterday. All 35 projects are under contract or under construction, he said.   In April, the State Water Control Board approved $77.7 million in federal money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, through the Virginia Clean Water Revolving Loan Fund.

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