March 26, 2010

Friday’s Water News: House Passes Bill to Expand Water Infrastructure Investment

Posted in California, Colorado, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, National, New York, Ohio, Virginia at 1:59 pm by bradhannon

On Wednesday, by a vote of 246-178, the House of Representatives passed the Small Business and Infrastructure Jobs Tax Act, which would among other things would eliminate the state volume cap currently in place for water and wastewater projects funded with private activity bonds. If passed, it is estimated that $5 billion annually in incremental private investment for water and wastewater infrastructure could be generated at a very low-cost to government.

Headlines
A Broken water main caused flooding in northwest Redding, California.  A 12-inch water main broke before dawn and a utility truck responding to the broken water main got stuck in a sinkhole when the pavement collapsed under the front tires.

A coalition of municipal water suppliers from the Denver, Colorado area and Wyoming announced Thursday that they’re banding together to study a project.  Each utility in the coalition will contribute $20,000 to a feasibility study for a massive municipal water pipeline project called the Colorado-Wyoming Cooperative Water Supply Project, which would pipe water for 532,000 people.

In Missouri, the Kansas City Water Services Department report that Pied Creek Pump Station discharged an estimated 50,000 gallons of partially treated wastewater into a tributary of Walnut Lake.  The pumps at the station clogged causing the automatic controls at the pump station to malfunction.

Stimulus Spotlight
New York Governor David Paterson announced that $24 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding has been awarded to 206 energy conservation projects.  These funds will benefit a variety of facilities, including waste water treatment plants.

More stimulus money could be headed to the Zanesville, Ohio area via a federal-backed loan through the USDA’s Rural Utilities Service Program for water and waste disposal loans.  

Sewer Rate News
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Vicksburg, Mississippi

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