March 31, 2010

Wednesday’s Water News: Flooding Causes Sewer Overflows in Rhode Island

Posted in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, Rhode Island at 2:46 pm by bengann

The rapidly rising waters of the Pawtuxet River in Rhode Island caused unprecedented flooding at the West Warwick and Warwick sewage treatment plants yesterday, shutting down both plants and spreading untreated sewage. Such extensive flood damage of two major sewer plants has never happened before.

Approximately 25,000 people living in Harrison Township, Michigan were without water for almost 12 hours on Monday when the water main which serves as the connector to Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) broke. The township receives all its water from DWSD.

Work is now underway on the largest of four sewer projects in Evansville, Indiana. City officials say the project will improve service to 1,500 homes, should be a major step forward in fixing the city’s sewer and drainage system.

Stimulus Spotlight
The Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington has received $1.95 million from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund,  including $950,000 from the economic stimulus, for the purchase and installation of a manure bioenergy management facility.  

Congressman Baron Hill visited Columbus, Indiana yesterday to tour the new wastewater treatment facility currently under construction. Part of the $50 million cost of the projects is being offset by $4 million in economic stimulus funding.

Sewer Rate News
Mattoon, Illinois
Milltown, New Jersey
Tyrone Township, Michigan


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