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.

Headlines
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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