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.

Headlines
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.

Sewer Rate News
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