January 22, 2010

Friday’s Water News: In California, 140K Gallon Sewage Spill Near Wetlands

Posted in California, DC, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, North Dakota, Oregon at 3:06 pm by bradhannon

In Sebastopol, California state water officials say an estimated 140,000 gallons of raw sewage has flooded into a field next to a wetlands area that drains into the Russian River.  The spill was caused by a rupture in a wastewater pipeline that carries raw sewage from the city to a treatment plant.

Headlines
A pair of water main breaks in Washington, D.C. have created gridlock, of the traffic variety. The breaks occurred yesterday and were still being repaired this morning, closing some streets in Northeast D.C. during the morning rush hour.

The City Council in Fall River, Massachusetts was scheduled to meet this afternoon to resolve a $3.5 million sewer deficit. Mayor Will Flanagan has suggested eliminating the city’s stormwater tax while some residents and businesses strongly oppose the idea.

Stimulus Spotlight
The North Dakota community of Karlsruhe hopes to have a new water treatment plant under construction this summer.  The estimated $850,000 project will mostly be paid for with grant and federal stimulus money.

Work is under way on the largest sanitary sewer project in the history of Wheaton, Illinois: a $16 million, nearly 3-mile wastewater pipeline that is being funded entirely through federal stimulus grants and loans.

Sewer Rate News
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Fairview, Oregon
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Angels Camp, California

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