March 3, 2010

Wednesday’s Water News: Indianapolis Looks at Public-Private Partnernships

Posted in Alabama, Arizona, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Virginia at 5:39 pm by bradhannon

Faced with aging infrastructure and a pledge to not raise taxes, Indianapolis, Mayor Greg Ballard wants to use public-private partnerships to raise new revenue that could fund water and sewer upgrades and other citywide projects. The city’s water and sewer systems are in need of $4 billion in upgrades over the next 15 years which would require rate increases of more than 400 percent.

Two 12-inch water main breaks shut down traffic Tuesday night along Route 1 in Arlington, Virginia detouring traffic for about a mile through one of the county’s heaviest-traveled corridors.

The Mayor of Port Clinton, Ohio Mayor has announced the first phase of a sewer separation improvement project is scheduled to begin which will include a new stormwater pumping station and other improvements to the storm sewer.

Stimulus Spotlight
From now until October, as many as 30 construction workers in Galion, Ohio will stay busy excavating and  installing sewer main lines thanks in part to $3.4 million in exconomic stimulus funds.

The new water treatment facility and desalination plant in Swansea, Massachusetts has received $1.2 million in federal stimulus funds and a low-interest $5.7 million loan from the state.  Crews are now drilling pipes under Interstate-195 to connect to the existing 2.2-mile pipeline.

Sewer Rate News
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East Tawas, Michigan
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