March 5, 2010

Friday’s Water News: Aurora, Illinois Plans $151 Million in Sewer Improvements Over 20 Years

Posted in California, Colorado, Illinois, National, Nebraska, Ohio, Rhode Island at 12:27 pm by bradhannon

Over the next 20 years, Aurora, Illinois plans to spend an estimated $151 million to continue dealing with its combined sewer systems. Aurora’s sewer system dates back to the late 1800s and The Illinois EPA has required the city to submit a long-term control plan for its sewer system by April 1. The plan will likely involves continuing to build larger sewer pipes, creating more wet weather storage, and building additional treatment facilities.

Headlines
A fire truck that responded to troubles caused by a water main break in Warwick, Rhode Island was out of commission today after its front wheels sank into a sinkhole created by the break. The wheels sank about 12 to 18 inches into the hole before crews with stabilizing jacks from the truck were able to stop its downward decline.

After more than $1 billion in taxpayer money was spent inefficiently on water and sewer projects along the U.S.-Mexico border, Congressman Ciro Rodriguez has submitted a bill to the House Committee on Natural Resources which would foster coordination between the government agencies

Stimulus Spotlight
The economic stimulus continues to fund projects in the Dayton, Ohio region, most notably a $20 million expansion and upgrade of the Warren County wastewater treatment plant and replacement of aging and failing mechanical equipment that will double the plant’s average daily flow.

Two multi-million-dollar construction projects will get underway this year in York, Nebraska, resulting in much-needed infrastructure improvements that have been years in the making.  The city will be installing a new water main,  a new sanitary sewer line, and mammoth storm sewer pipe that will direct the city’s drainage to Beaver Creek.  Interest-free federal stimulus dollars will pay for the majority of the project.

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