March 9, 2010

Tuesday’s Water News: Small Montana Town Needs a New Water Tank

Posted in Alabama, California, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New York, Ohio at 1:11 pm by bradhannon

The tank that supplies water to the approximately 600 residents of Belt, Montana is failing, and city leaders are scrambling for a fix.  The 180,000 gallon tank is leaking so badly that huge ice formations are visible on its outer walls, and steel reinforcement bars once inside the concrete are now exposed. 

Headlines
Thousands of gallons of sewage spilled into a Creve Coeur, Missouri creek on Friday after grease clogged a sanitary sewer line.  The sewer department suspects the grease blockage came from a business like a restaurant and could have been building up for a couple of months.

A follow-up to a story we had yesterday, 11 Baltimore County schools are closed for a second day after a weekend water main break.  The schools are closed again Tuesday because they have no water or low water pressure. Over the weekend a water main break caused 100,000 customers to lose water service.

Development projects in Watertown, New York are about to get easier, thanks to a new sewer line which will add capacity at a cost of $1.5 million.

Stimulus Spotlight
Two million dollars of federal stimulus funds are flowing to the Village of Warwick, New York to correct its problem of a contaminated drinking well.  The funding will provide for the construction of a micro-filtration plant and in the process, employ 25 people.

In Carey, Ohio, a new sewer separation project funded in part from the economic stimulus will redirect storm water.

Sewer Rate News
Ankeny, Iowa
Athens, Alabama
Placerville, California
Port Huron, Michigan

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