April 1, 2010

Thursday’s Water News: Sewer Overflow in Cedar Falls, Iowa

Posted in California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi at 10:23 am by bradhannon

Residents are being asked to avoid the site of a sanitary sewer overflow in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  City crews Tuesday discovered a plugged sanitary sewer line and wastewater was overflowing from a manhole into a drainage ditch. The sewer line was dug up, a broken pipe repaired and the area sprayed with a disinfectant.

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A boil water advisory has been issued for 138 Sarasota County Utilities customers and Park Isles Plaza businesses in The Inlets area of Nokomis, Florida.  Repairs are being made to an 8-inch water main break.

The muddy Mississippi River becomes darkened with more than sludge in times of high water when sewage flows back into the river.  Sewage in Illinois from Alton, Grafton and Chautauqua’s systems seems to be running back into the river during times of high water.

Stimulus Spotlight
Crews will install new water mains in Hinsdale, Illinois. This work reduces stormwater flows into Flagg Creek Water Reclamation District as part of an agreement with the village to begin separating the sanitary and storm water mains. The project costs $2.3 million, of which $1.62 million will be funded by federal stimulus money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Louisville, Kentucky has received over $4 million in economic stimulus funds for needed improvements to its drinking water system and expand service throughout the region.

Sewer Rate News
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Patterson, California

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