February 10, 2010

Slow Posting This Week

Posted in Uncategorized at 12:58 pm by bengann

We will have intermittent posting all week due to the snow on the east coast. We appreciate your patience.

February 5, 2010

Friday’s Water News: U.S. and Canada End Dispute Over “Buy American”

Posted in Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, National, Nevada, Oklahoma, Utah, Wisconsin at 1:03 pm by bengann

A yearlong dispute between the U.S. and Canada over “Buy American” rules in the economic stimulus package has been settled. The deal will allow use of Canadian products in many local U.S. projects funded by the stimulus program. Municipalities receiving stimulus funding for water and sewer projects have complained that a shortage of products, including water filters made by General Electric, were causing construction delays.

Officials in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin say it might be days before residents can safely drink water after a water main break Friday morning caused a pressure drop that’s still affecting the city.

The City Council in Johnston, Iowa has approved a detailed stormwater management plan that recommends nine priority projects — at a cost of more than $8.4 million — in an effort to improve water quality and quantity by reducing runoff and increasing infiltration.

Stimulus Spotlight
The town of Greenville, Wisconsin will receive $1.2 million in federal stimulus grant money to support its new water tower construction project and related water main work. The grant will pay for half of the cost of the project.

Federal stimulus funding for Ardmore, Oklahoma will help renovate part of a sewer line that is more than 50 years old. The city will receive $1 million for the project but have to cover any additional costs of the project which are expected to be $250,000.

Sewer Rate News
Carson City, Nevada
Montgomery County, Maryland
Orem, Utah
Rockport, Massachusetts

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%.

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.

Sewer Rate News
Detroit, Michigan
New Albany, Indiana
Weirton, West Virginia
West Branch, Iowa

February 3, 2010

Wednesday’s Water News: State of Iowa Awards $2.5M for Wastewater Project

Posted in Arizona, California, Illinois, Iowa, New Mexico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, West Virginia at 3:40 pm by bradhannon

Iowa Governor Chet Culver has announced that the Town of Clinton will be receiving $2.5 million from the state to help construct a new wastewater treatment plant and pump station. The award–which was made possible by a statewide construction program called I-JOBS–has spent $55 million in water infrastructure improvements across the state.

A 16-inch main broke this morning in a residential area of Northridge, California, prompting a water-service interruption that affected nearby apartment residents.  Water from the broken main flooded the street several inches deep and surrounded three parked vehicles.

The city of Mt. Vernon, Illinois has applied for a $1.1 million low-interest loan from the state’s EPA to extend sewer lines into areas opened for development by a new overpass and interchange. The loan is expected to cover the entire cost of the project.

Stimulus Spotlight
The Town of Roslyn, South Dakota is making improvements to its water and sewer system with assistance from the American Recovery Reinvestment Act through a USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Direct Loan in the amount of $415,000 and a Grant of $873,000.

Farmington, New Mexico has awarded a bid for its first stimulus infrastructure project to a local construction company claiming it could create as many as five jobs. The city will pay more than $2.1 million to install pipes carrying drinking water in the downtown area.

Sewer Rate News
Columbia, South Carolina
Falkville, Tennessee
Moundsville, West Virginia
Sedona, Arizona

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.

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

February 1, 2010

Monday Headlines: SRF Programs Receive $3.3M in President’s Budget

Posted in Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, National, West Virginia at 3:42 pm by bengann

In President Obama”s Fiscal Year 2011  Budget released today, the Clean Water State Revolving Fund received $2 billion and the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund received $1.287 billion. The proposed budget levels for the SRF programs are $100 million less than each program is receiving for FY 2010, but near its historical highs.

Sewer problems are plaguing a street in Gautier, Mississippi that has a lingering sewer smell that has affected residents for years after every heavy rain. The city is spending $12,000 to clean out a sewer line that affects the street and installing a liner in a sewer main at a cost of $100,000.

Gloucester, Massachusetts is set to borrow $20 million to pay for federally mandated sewer improvements — including a renovation of a wastewater treatment plant and continuation of a four-year-old combined sewer overflow project.

Stimulus Spotlight
Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado is planning to use money from the economic stimulus to replace part of the water system for the historic Onahu Lodge in the Kawuneeche Valley.

Nearly $16 million in economic stimulus bonds will be used to improve water systems in Kanawha County, West Virginia. The first part of the two-pronged water project would establish a water main using $11 million of the bonds.

Sewer Rate News
Livonia, Michigan
Pima County, Arizona
Temple, Georgia
Worcester, Massachusetts

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