March 17, 2010

Wednesday’s Water News: U.S. Mayors Say Billions Needed for Water Infrastructure

Posted in Minnesota, National, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Washington at 6:31 pm by bengann

A new report released by the U.S. Conference of Mayors finds that water and sewer rates for American households will double to quadruple over the next 20 years. The report forecasts future spending for public water and wastewater systems will range between $2.5 and $4.8 trillion over the next 20 year period 2009 to 2028. Over the last 53 years, local governments have invested $1.6 trillion.

The City of Pipestone, Minnesota has spent $7.5 million over the past decade  to repair and replace water and wastewater infrastructure, trying to stanch the flow of excess water getting into the wastewater treatment system through inflow and infiltration.

Some Orange, New Jersey residents have been asked to boil their water after one of townships 100-year-old water mains broke today, posing possible health risks.

Stimulus Spotlight
Among the approximately $50 million Oklahoma City received in economic stimulus money, $4 million has been allocated for sewer and water main construction and replacement.

Thanks to the economic stimulus, a project in Hanford, Washington is building a larger “pump and treat system” that will pump water out of the ground, remove hexavalent chromium and then reinject the clean water into the ground.

Sewer Rate News
Burton, Ohio
Crossville, Tennessee
Red Bank, New Jersey


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