February 2, 2010

Tuesday’s Water News: Aging Pipes Lead to Sewer Overflows in San Francisco Area

Posted in California, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Utah at 6:07 pm by bradhannon

During the storms that rained on the San Francisco Bay Area a couple of weeks back, a total of 630,000 gallons of raw sewage spewed into the bay at 47 spots. Even worse, 170 million gallons of partially treated sewage was discharged from three East Bay Municipal Utility District “wet weather” overflow plants.

Headlines
Layton Hills Mall in Layton, Utah was closed Monday after a major water line broke Sunday and damaged electrical components, knocking out power to the building.

The city of Utica, New York is eyeing four sewer projects that will cost about $12 million. The proposed projects would be the first step toward a $150 million fix needed to keep overflow sewage and stormwater out of the Mohawk River.

Stimulus Spotlight
After receiving $5 million in federal stimulus money, the Long Branch, New Jersey’s Sewerage Authority is about to embark on a $19 million upgrade of a treatment plant, assorted pumping stations and many sanitary sewer lines.

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has announced that all of its American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds for wastewater infrastructure are now under contract. The contracts are spread across 42 parishes, funding 55 projects.

Sewer Rate News
Cyrus, Minnesota
Hudson, New York
North Tonawanda, New York
Vacaville, California

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