May 4, 2010

Tuesday’s Water News: Ten Foot Pipe is Fixed and Boil Advisory Lifted for Boston

Posted in California, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington at 2:55 pm by bengann

The rupture of a 10-foot water main that left 2 million Massachusetts residents without water has been fixed and the boil water advisory has been lifted. Yesterday, President Obama signed a disaster declaration, clearing the way for federal reimbursement of up to 75 percent of the cost of responding to the crisis.  The rupture spilled 265 million gallons of water and pushed enormous amounts of soil into the Charles River.

According to the EPA’s most recent Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment the state of Massachusetts has $6.79 billion in drinking water infrastructure needs. A new state commission, the Water Infrastructure Finance Commission, is hoping to find a way to fix crumbling pipes, older water-filtration plants, and antiquated monitoring equipment. The panel is scheduled to hold its first meeting tomorrow.

Headlines
Officials in Atlanta, Georgia want its consent decree deadline with the federal and state government extended from 2014 to 2029 to give it more time to pay for its $4 billion effort to fix its aging sewers, improve water quality and stop pollution of the Chattahoochee River. Atlanta has one of the highest water billing rates in the nation. Since 2003, the city has tripled water and sewer rates. The city also has a penny-per-dollar sales tax that voters passed in 2004 to help pay for the work.

A new $2.4 million biogas and energy efficiency project at a sewage treatment plant in Washington State will capture methane gas from the treatment process and recycle it as fuel to run equipment at the plant, saving the sewage agency more than $228,000 yearly in utility costs. 

Construction should start soon on a project in Clemson, South Carolina that will move water and sewer lines near a railroad overpass. Water and sewer lines below the railroad bridge need to be relocated ahead of road work at the site.

Stimulus Spotlight
The town of Milton, Indiana can begin construction on a new $5 million wastewater collection system. The town will receive $1,.17 million in CDBG funds from the economic stimulus, along with a $616,385 loan and $3,735,000 grant from the SRF program.

Sewer Rate News
Charlottesville, Virginia
Efland, North Carolina
Gloucester, Massachusetts
West Covina, California

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