February 19, 2010

Thursday and Friday’s Water News: California Sinkhole Caused by Leaky Water Pipe

Posted in California, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio at 2:31 pm by bengann

A sinkhole the size of a car caused by a leaky water pipe created some big problems in Palm Desert, California. The leak came from one of the underground pipes that carries irrigation water to the College of the Desert. The road has been closed while repairs are made.

Headlines
Officials in Jeffersonville, Indiana on Thursday discussed $87 million in projects aimed at controlling combined sewer overflows. The projects are the result of legal negotiations between the city and the EPA, which has fined the city for violating the Clean Water Act in relation to the overflow problems.

A water main break Thursday morning in Cincinnati sent water high into the sky. The break caused city officials to close the road in the area while the problem was fixed.

Stimulus Spotlight
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson traveled to Columbus, Ohio on Thursday to recognize the Buckeye State for having the most “clean-water infrastructure” projects funded by federal stimulus money of any state in the nation. Ohio received $220.6 million in stimulus money for sewers and other water-pollution control projects — the fifth most of any state. But Ohio had by far the largest number of projects, with 274 in 187 communities.

The village of Marissa, Illinois has been awarded nearly $2.2 million in federal stimulus money for water system improvements.

Sewer Rate News
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New Albany, Indiana

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