March 12, 2010

Friday’s Water News: Parker City, Ind. Receives A Grant to Study Water Infrastructure Needs

Posted in Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Texas, West Virginia at 11:44 am by bradhannon

The Town of Parker City, Indiana received a $40,000 planning grant to fund a stormwater and wastewater infrastructure planning study. These federal dollars are from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program administered by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA).  Parker City is currently experiencing several water infrastructure issues, including significant overflow and infiltration issues, a water treatment plant in poor repair, and unnecessary storm drainage into a nearby creek.

Headlines

Crews from the Board of Water Supply have closed two lanes of Ala Moana Boulevard in Honolulu, Hawaii while they work to repair a leak on a 12-inch water main.  According to the BWS, the water main was originally installed in 1934.

Water pollution is a major concern for many areas, and in Frostburg, Maryland tons of raw sewage have been overflowing into Georgia’s Creek for years now. The three combined sewer overflow sites in Frostburg discharge into the creek up to 60 times a year.  Public works officials are working with the State of Maryland to eliminate  the overflows.  The cost for Frostburg alone is more than 16 million dollars.  The completion year for the elimination of all overflows in Allegany County is 2023.

In Florida, Panama City Beach Council members approved a proposal to extend sewer lines.  Three hundred and thirty thousand dollars of the cost will come from the Department of Environmental Protection fines levied against the airport authority and contractor Phoenix Construction.

Stimulus Spotlight

The Boone County, Missouri Regional Sewer District will receive $128,000 of stimulus money.  Regional sewer district Director Tom Ratermann said the sewer district will use its funds to upgrade five wastewater treatment plants.

City work crews in Bandera, Texas are busy, doing the drainage work and installing new sewer pipes that the City of Bandera received a stimulus grant to complete.

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