May 13, 2010

Thursday’s Water News: House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Drinking Water SRF

Posted in California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, National, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, Washington at 5:04 pm by bengann

The House Energy and Environment Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing today on reauthorization of EPA’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. The hearing follows the introduction of legislation this week by Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Edward Markey (D-Mass) to  reauthorize the program.

Engineers have identified as many as 100 other couplings similar to the one that ruptured earlier this month in the Boston area triggering a water-main break that left 2 million residents without safe drinking water for 2 days.

A sewer main line break in Grandview, Washington spilled an estimated 300,000 gallons of wastewater into the Sand Canyon water drain and was expected to reach the Yakima River. As a result, a health alert has been issued advising people not to swim in the river or drink untreated water from it.

Stimulus Spotlight
Construction is underway on a $38 million project to replace the outdated sewer system in Framingham, Massachusetts thanks in part to the economic stimulus. The stimulus is providing $4.46 million in grants with the rest of the $38 million project being funded by a low-interest loan through the state revolving fund.

In Hawaii, construction work has finished on a $3.5 million economic stimulus project in Kauai County to improve the reliability of water service in an area that has suffered from frequent water main breaks.

About 10 percent of the Union-Rome Township Sewer District (Ohio) relining project is completed. The $3.9 million project is expected to be completed by February 2011 and was financed in part by economic stimulus money with the other half from a low-interest loan from the Ohio EPA Water Pollution Control Loan Fund.

Sewer Rate News
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