February 4, 2010

Thursday’s Water News: Milwaukee Wastewater Treatment Good in 2009

Posted in Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, West Virginia, Wisconsin at 1:52 pm by bradhannon

The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District’s (MMSD) deep tunnels and two sewage treatment plants collected and cleansed more than 98.3% – or 72.2 billion gallons – of the sewage and storm water that entered regional sewers in 2009. The average annual percentage of total wastewater captured and treated by MMSD over the last 16 years is 98.2%.

Headlines
A road in Charlotte, North Carolina reopened yesterday after Public Works crews  fixed a water pipe that broke causing a sinkhole.  Crews made repairs overnight in the 12-foot deep hole, patching a sewer line that was apparently damaged when the roadway collapsed.

The Town of Franklin, North Carolina had two wastewater spills totaling 450,000 gallons last weekend as a result of the winter weather that affected Macon and surrounding counties.

Stimulus Spotlight
Tuesday morning marked the start of a more than $9 million upgrade to Greenport, New York’s wastewater treatment plant.  It was $4.3 million in grant money under President Obama’s stimulus plan that gave the project the boost it needed to become a reality.

City crews in Lima, Ohio started a sanitary sewer relining project Wednesday that is 75 percent funded by federal stimulus money. The $336,000 project involves repairing sewer lines with a new lining that adds 50 years to the pipe’s life. The city will also start work soon on two storm water projects and a sewer lateral project this spring, all of which involve some level of stimulus funding or loans.

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