April 2, 2010

Friday’s Water News: New York Times Reports on Build America Bonds

Posted in Arizona, California, Missouri, National, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Virginia, West Virginia at 10:42 am by bradhannon

The New York Times reports that the Build America Bonds will save money. State and local governments will eventually save $12.3 billion from bonds issued in the first year of the Build America Bonds program, a Treasury Department analysis has found.  The bonds will among other things help finance projects to repair aging sewer systems.

Two leaks, about 50 to 80 feet apart in a forced sewer main in Jamestown, North Dakota, have prompted the implementation of a backup system.  The leaks are causing sewage under pressure to be pumped to the surface.  The amount is close to 10,000 to 25,000 gallons per day.  Pumps and pipes to move any sewage that accumulates if the leak worsens have been installed.

West Virginia American Water has issued a boil-water advisory for customers in South Charleston, West Virginia, following a water main break.

Kansas City, Missouri is receiving the extra decade it wanted to complete its massive sewer project.  The plan, estimated to cost $2.4 billion over 25 years, would be the largest public works project in the city’s history.  When negotiations began, the EPA had been requiring cities to complete their work within 15 years.  Once completed, the project is expected to reduce the amount of raw sewage overflows from 6.3 billion to 1.4 billion gallons annually.

Stimulus Spotlight
A $10-million project for Brookhaven, New York  will help create more than 500 new jobs.  Half of the project will be funded with a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant while the other half will be covered with an ARRA loan.

In Astoria, Oregon, a Combined Sewer Overflow Project is in Phase 3. The beginning of Phase 3 requires digging a huge hole and building a 1.2-million gallon underground concrete storage tank inside of it. The current CSO project is one of a continuing series that will eventually reduce the amount of sewage escaping into local waterways by as much as 96 percent. Federal stimulus funds will provide roughly $4 million for the $6 million project.

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