March 30, 2010

Tuesday’s Water News: Chatham’s (Mass.) Wastewater Plan Will Not Be Blocked

Posted in California, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina at 11:08 am by bradhannon

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has announced it will  not block the Town of Chatham’s $300 million wastewater project. Construction started several weeks ago and when completed should reduce the amount of nitrogen into coastal waters.

Headlines
A water main break in Harrison Township, Michigan has affected 11,000 homes.  The incident is weather and age-related.  A boil alert is expected to be in place for 48 hours after the main is repaired.

The Santa Margarita Water District’s 24-inch iron wastewater pipe in Rancho Santa Margarita, California ruptured last Tuesday, leading Orange County public health officials to declare the surf off limits until the bacteria dissipated.  Three miles of southern Orange County coastline had been off-limits due to the sewage spill.

An 8-inch water main ruptured in southeast Portland, Oregon on Monday morning, leaving some residents without water and others with dirty water.  There’s significant buckling of the street pavement where the main break occurred.

Baltimore County, Maryland Public Works officials are responding to a sanitary sewer overflow that occurred Saturday from an 18-inch diameter gravity sewer line.  Officials said the spill released approximately 18,000 gallons.  The overflow was caused by a blockage in the line.

Stimulus Spotlight
A project involving the placing of water lines and sewer infrastructure in the Orangeburg, South Carolina area will receive federal funding.  The $4.5 million project will be funded with stimulus money and traditional Army Corps of Engineers appropriations, with the Lake Marion Regional Water Agency responsible for about 25 percent.  The project will include the placement of 9.5 miles of waterline.

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