March 25, 2010

Thursday’s Water News: Water Main Break in Penn. Causes Mudslide

Posted in Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Pennsylvania at 2:51 pm by bradhannon

A water main break this morning near in Brookline, Pennsylvania triggered a small mudslide and partially flooded the first floor of a nearby business.  Workers shut off the eight-inch water line and about 20 homes and businesses were without water.

Headlines
A sanitary sewer overflow Wednesday from a manhole in Baltimore County, Maryland released about 15,000 gallons into the Loch Raven Watershed.

Residents in Oshtemo Township, Michigan may soon be able to connect to the city of Kalamazoo’s sewer system, as township officials move forward with a project that would run a line under U.S. 131 providing sewer service to many residences.  The project is expected to cost about $2.2 million.

Donora, Pennsylvania will receive $2.1 million in a low-interest loan from Pennvest to help pay for the remainder of the $4 million sewer project.  The money will be used to fund the construction of 27,400 linear feet of sanitary sewers that will serve 185 existing homes.

Stimulus Spotlight
In a recent Maryland Board of Public Works grant approval, Dorchester County received an additional $300,000 for its sanitary sewer project.  The $300,000 State Water Quality Grant, combined with a previous $700,000 state grant, more than $2 million in stimulus funds and more than $6.5 million in federal grants, allows Dorchester County to fund the design and construction of a low-pressure wastewater collection system.

Pembroke, Massachusetts received $1.4 million from economic development bonds, distributed by the county as part of the federal stimulus program, to replace about 8,000 feet of water lines to improve water pressure and quality as well as repave streets and fix drainage issues.

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