April 26, 2010

Monday’s Water News: Fort Wayne Issues 72-Hour CSO Warning

Posted in Alabama, Connecticut, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas at 6:37 pm by bengann

Officials in Fort Wayne, Indiana  have issued a Combined Sewer Overflow warning for the city advising resident to stay away from area rivers for the next 72 hours. These warnings are routinely triggered when a tenth of an inch of rain or more fall in the area. 

Headlines
According to officials in Jefferson County, Alabama, a sewer plant designed to treat 60 million gallons of wastewater can treat only about half of that amount, and the flaw could lead to overflows and other permit violations. The design flaws are the latest in a series of costly problems for a sewer system that could bankrupt the county.

A water main break closed a street in the West End of Bridgeport, Connecticut for most of the day on Monday after a water main break collapsed the street in at least three places.

A 20-inch water main break late Friday afternoon in Philadelphia flooded basements and businesses. The break sent water gushing up through the pavement and appeared to have taken out a portion of the roadway.

Stimulus Spotlight
In New York, Monroe County has received $23.7 million from the economic stimulus for construction of a treatment plant. Construction is under way and county officials expect the project to generate 500 full-time jobs a year through its anticipated completion in 2013.

Portland, Michigan is moving ahead with a $2.8 million plan to upgrade its wastewater treatment facility after securing financing for the project through the USDA’s Rural Development program via the economic stimulus.

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