April 16, 2010

Friday’s Water News: Kansas City Agrees to $2.5B, 25-Year Plan on Sewers

Posted in California, Delaware, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Washington, West Virginia at 10:13 am by bradhannon

The City Council in Kansas City voted unanimously yesterday on a proposal to authorize a consent decree with the federal government for a massive, $2.5 billion overhaul of the city’s aging sewer system.  The settlement allows a 25-year implementation schedule for the city’s sewer overflow control plan.

A road in Cincinnati, Ohio had to be shut down early Friday morning because of a water main break.  Reports from the scene indicate the road buckled and water gushed onto the street.

Police in Rensselaer, New York say water service has returned to most of the city, after a water main break Thursday afternoon.  A boil water order has also been issued for city residents and a tanker of safe drinking water has been made available for city residents.

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Delaware Senators Tom Carper and Ted Kaufman have announced the funding of local projects designed to  modernizing water quality and public sanitation services in Sussex County.  The funding, which comes through ARRA, is expected to provide construction jobs and create infrastructure needed to support community growth. The funding includes a $5,582,000 loan and a $2,999,847 grant. 

In West Virginia, Wayne County has requested an additional $2 million bond allocation to help finance water and wastewater upgrades that will provide service to Tri-State Airport. The county will add this to its prior allocation of $3.5 million for the projects.

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Greenfield, California
Homer Glen, Illinois
Imperial, Nebraska
King County, Washington

April 15, 2010

Thursday’s Water News: 1.6 Miles of Water Mains to be Replaced in Penn. Townships

Posted in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas at 10:20 am by bradhannon

Nearly 1.6 miles of aging water mains in the Pennsylvania townships of Annville and Derry are being replaced to improve service reliability and improve fire protection for residents.  The cost of the pipeline upgrades is approximately $1 million.

A broken water main on Wednesday forced one Texas town to issue a boil water notice.  The City of Bartlett issued the notice as a precaution following a break in the main 6-inch line Wednesday afternoon causing residents east of Highway 95 to briefly lose service.

In Pennsylvania, planned improvements to the sewer system shared by Clarks Summit, Clarks Green and South Abington Township are moving forward, but sewer officials said they still aren’t sure what the price tag will be.  In 2008, the Joint Sewer Authority dumped more than 2 million gallons of untreated wastewater into the creek, drawing scrutiny from the state’s Department of Environmental Protection.

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The city of Brewer, Maine is nearing the end of an 18-year project to separate stormwater and sewer lines. Brewer will receive $1.42 million — a $620,000 grant and a $800,000 low-interest loan — funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the wastewater projects.

Barry, Illinois city officials and representatives of USDA Rural Development broke ground Wednesday in the Business Park for a 200,000 gallon elevated water storage tank.  The ceremony followed the closing on a $747,000 Rural Development loan that will help the city finance the water tower and transmission main. The project is one of 21 around Illinois being funded with $36 million in federal stimulus money.

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Cape Vincent, New York
Ocala, Florida
Sedona, Arizona
Washburn, Missouri

April 14, 2010

Wednesday’s Water News: Rationed Lawn Watering Blamed for L.A. Water Main Breaks in 2009

Posted in Arkansas, California, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, New York at 10:18 am by bradhannon

A Los Angeles law that rationed lawn watering for conservation is to blame for the water main breaks that inundated homes and businesses last summer, according to a 167-page independent report.  With residents restricted to watering only two days a week, pressure fluctuated in the city’s 7,200-mile water system, straining aging and corroded cast iron pipes until they burst.

A water main break caused problems for residents in Queens, New York today.  A 12-inch main ruptured behind a home, flooding several backyards and at least two basements.  Overall about 20 homes were affected by the break and as many as 11 people were evacuated.

Baltimore, Maryland Public Works crews have fixed a 20-inch water main break that flooded roads Tuesday night.  Crews shut off water valves and worked overnight to repair the break.

Work is set to begin in Belvidere, Illinois on a sanitary sewer reconstruction project.  The $850,000 project will reconstruct 2,492 feet of sanitary sewer and start next week.

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The federal government will provide $20.7 million to complete a project that will link state and federal canals in the San Joaquin Valley, California.  $20 million in funding will come from the federal stimulus package. The $34 million Intertie Project will connect the Delta Mendota Canal and the California Aqueduct using a 500-foot underground pipe and pumps.

Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe has presented a check for $7.5 million in economic stimulus funds to the Franklin-Sebastian Public Water Authority to help fund improvements for Charleston, Lavaca and other communities east of Fort Smith.

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Adams, New York
Evanston, Illinois
Los Angeles, California
Tampa, Florida

April 13, 2010

Tuesday’s Water News: More than 10,000 Navajo Citizens to Get Access to Running Water

Posted in California, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania at 10:31 am by bradhannon

More than 10,000 Navajo citizens are expected to get access to running water within two years following dedication Monday of the Eastern Navajo Waterline Project.  The dedication ceremony, held in Counselor, New Mexico, kicked off a $29 million project that will cross four counties and eight chapters.  The four-phase project is part of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act signed into law by President Barack Obama in April 2009.

Pennsylvania American Water said Monday that it has started a series of water main replacement projects in East Pennsboro Township, Pennsylvania to improve service reliability and improve fire protection for residents. The combined cost of the upgrades is roughly $620,000.  PAWC is installing about 4,100 feet of new 8-inch pipe along East Pennsboro streets.

Dutchess County, New York lawmakers on Monday reaffirmed their support of a plan to bring a central sewer system to the commercial center in the town of Red Hook. The project’s estimated cost is about $7.6 million. Roughly $3.4 million would be financed through a Rural Development Grant from the USDA.

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Haledon and North Haledon, New Jersey will be able to upgrade their century-old water and sewer systems with more than $5 million in federal financing, Rep Bill Pascrell said Monday.  $3.7 million of that funding will come from the economic stimulus with $2.5 million of the financing being subject to principal forgiveness and $1.26 million as a no interest loan. 

Water and sewage service in small-town southern Iowa will get a big boost in the coming years thanks to funding from the federal stimulus package.  Southern Iowa Rural Water Association  plans to spend more than $10 million in loans and grants allocated to them through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act on multiple projects to begin in the next two years.

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Athens, Georgia
Greenfield, California
Gretna, Louisiana
Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana

April 12, 2010

Monday’s Water News: Milwaukee Proposes Over $13M for Sewer Upgrades

Posted in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, National, Ohio, Tennessee, Wisconsin at 5:50 pm by bengann

Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District’s deep tunnels would be drained more quickly after a rain storm, providing more wastewater storage space for the next downpour, under a proposed $13.67 million upgrade of three aging pumps.

In an opinion piece on the New York Times website yesterday asked several experts how the nation can begin to address the prevalent risks of chemicals in drinking water given the overwhelming financial costs?

Technicians in Englewood, Colorado are testing an ultraviolet light system as part of a pilot program to upgrade and improve the disinfecting process at the its wastewater treatment plant.

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Fort Smith, Arkansas is receiving $4.38 million in economic stimulus funds to repair its 50 year-old water and sewer systems. Almost no aspect of the systems meets current codes. 

Nearly $4.8 million in federal stimulus and state no-interest loan funds for drinking water and wastewater projects has been provided to Meigs County by the Ohio EPA.

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Kingston, Massachusetts
Lockport, Illinois
Riverbank, California
Spring Hill, Tennessee

April 9, 2010

Friday’s Water News: Michigan Community to Spend $1.7M for Water Improvements

Posted in Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania at 10:26 am by bradhannon

The Village of Farwell, Michigan will soon begin two projects to improve their water and wastewater system. The first project, which is being funded through a USDA loan, costs $1.1 million and will replace old 4-inch water mains. The second project, which is being funded through $450,000 in economic stimulus money and $150,000 from the village, will upgrade water services and storm drains.

Key Largo, Florida’s sewer commissioners have formally decided to open the door to negotiating a wastewater treatment agreement with the Village of Islamorada.  The village’s comprehensive wastewater plan calls for connecting to Key Largo’s system.

A $1.5 million sewer separation project is about to get started in Ford City, Pennsylvania.  This is the second phase of a Combined Sewer Overflow project in the borough. The state-mandated project involves construction of new sewer lines separating households’ storm water from the sanitary flow to the wastewater plant and eliminating the discharge of untreated sewage to the river.

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After months of delays, the Riverview Subdivision sewer project in Marietta, Ohio will begin Monday.  The $805,000 project, which will move wastewater, was originally scheduled to begin in November 2009, but  because the project is partially funded with stimulus money  state officials had to conduct a certain type of environmental review.  $400,000 in stimulus money had been awarded for the project. The county will pay for the remainder of the project with a $403,000 loan at 1.5 percent interest for 20 years.

A look at what $870,000 in stimulus money awarded to Middleport, Ohio is doing toward improving the sewer and water situation in the village was taken by Congressman Charlie Wilson.  Traveling by van, Wilson and EPA officials, were taken to sites of stimulus-funded projects.

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Clinton, Iowa
Exeter, New Hampshire
Ogle County, Illinois
South Plainfield, New Jersey

April 8, 2010

Thursday’s Water News: Port Huron (Mich.) Continues Work on Sewer Separation

Posted in California, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Wisconsin at 5:36 pm by bengann

Worked started this week on one of the final phases of Port Huron, Michigan’s $186 million sewer separation effort. Four areas in the city have not yet had their sewer separated.   This monumental task which began in 1988, so far has cost $158 million and reduced storm water and sewage overflow rates by 93 percent.

Lake Oswego, Oregon is planning to double the amount of drinking water treated at one of its treatment plants expanding its capacity from 16 million gallons a day to 32 million gallons, with potential to grow even more in the future..

The city of Concord, New Hampshire is replacing filters at a wastewater treatment plant biotower along with the sprinkler system that sends wastewater through the tower to be filtered.

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Wayne County, Ohio anticipates it will receive $365,000 in stimulus money and a $1.5 million loan for a recently following the recent construction of a new wastewater treatment plant.

A water recycling project in Antioch, California funded by economic stimulus, in addition to zero percent interest loans and state grant funds, is installing a 30,000 foot pipeline to provide recycled water to four city parks, street medians and a golf course.

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Houston, Texas
Mauston, Wisconsin
Olive Branch, Mississippi
Pleasanton, California

April 7, 2010

Wednesday’s Water News: Water Main Break In Nashville Destroys Car

Posted in Alabama, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia at 11:32 am by bradhannon

A 16-inch water main break that occurred Wednesday morning shot water 20 feet into the air near the Belmont University campus in Nashville, Tennessee.  Five dorms and the campus event center were without water for a period of time.  A student’s car also suffered severe water damage.

The water main replacement project in Riverside, Illinois has begun and is expected to be completed by May 21.  The project will install a new 12-inch iron water main, new fire hydrants and 1-inch copper water service lines.

A break in a major sewer line along Kennerly Road in Richland County, South Carolina was apparently caused by defective material.  No wastewater entered nearby streams.  Instead, it was contained in roadside ditches.

A tree root blocked a main sewer line and caused a sanitary sewer overflow in Aberdeen, North Carolina on Saturday.  Town workers dug up the pipe and cut all the roots around it to prevent another overflow.

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Construction on La Salle, Illinois’s new east side wastewater treatment plant is under way.  The project, which is divided into two phases costs $1,503,248 for phase one and $11,790,000 for phase two, which includes construction of the treatment plant and discharge sewer.  The city was awarded $15 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus package) funding through the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and an IEPA revolving fund for this project last October. The stimulus funding features 25 percent loan forgiveness and zero percent interest for 20 years.

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Good Hope, Alabama
Houston, Texas
Joplin, Missouri
Ronceverte, West Virginia

April 6, 2010

Tuesday’s Water News: Water Main Break in Orlando, Fla. Causes Giant Hole

Posted in Delaware, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee at 10:45 am by bradhannon

A water main brake in Orlando, Florida on Orange Avenue has caused flooding in the street.  The road has now opened up leaving a giant hole where you can see the original Orlando brick road.


The Augusta, Kansas Public Building Commission considered a change order for the water service line to the new city hall under construction in Central Park.  After discussion, the Council opted for a larger public service line to serve city hall and future development. The cost was reported to be $10,150 and will be paid from the city’s water fund.

The state of Michigan is ordering the City of Three Rivers to clean up its public water supply.  The order requires Three Rivers to continuously disinfect its public water supply with existing equipment while permanent water treatment is designed, permitted and installed.

In Maryland the Howard County Council unanimously approved the extension of public water and sewer utilities to the northeast corner of historic Doughoregan Manor to preserve the rest of the estate.

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Using millions of state and federal dollars, Gloucester, Massachusetts  is overhauling its faulty water and sewer infrastructure.  The city has been approved for $14.6 million in special low-interest loans, which are partially subsidized by the state’s revolving fund. Additionally, Gloucester will receive $2 million in loan forgiveness from the federal government’s stimulus package.

Yuma Elementary School in Tennessee stands to benefit greatly from a stimulus-funded sewer project the Scott County Public Service Authority hopes to begin.  Construction on the $3.1 million sewer project’s first phase, which would bring service to Yuma Elementary and 100 nearby homes and businesses, will most likely begin this summer.

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Frankford, Delaware
Lee County, Florida
Olive Branch, Mississippi
North Canton, Ohio

April 5, 2010

Monday’s Water News: Seattle CSO Fixes to Cost $600 Million

Posted in California, Florida, Louisiana, National, Pennsylvania, Washington at 2:21 pm by bengann

Officials in Seattle are finalizing its 2010 Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO)Reduction Plan that will plan a fix for a major overflow basin for a city neighborhood. The plan is not expected to be completed until 2018, and the city estimates that resolving all CSO issues will cost upwards of $600 million.

Former Transportation Secretary Norm Mineta and several top policy leaders are backing the idea of a national  infrastructure bank that would among other things fund wastewater infrastructure projects.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is warning residents to stay out of Tookany and Frankford creeks in Cheltenham Township, Montgomery County, as well as in the city of Philadelphia, because untreated sewage is overflowing from a sewer line into the waterways.

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Work is progressing on a Century, Florida water improvement project that will mean an end to the water woes of residents in an area that have waited a decade for help. The $1.58 million project is being finance largely with a $1.39 million grant for the economic stimulus.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has announced that it has committed all $218.9 million in Clean Water State Revolving Fund and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund project money made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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Bossier City, Louisiana
Clovis, California
Davenport, California
Holly Hill, Florida

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