June 9, 2010

Wednesday’s Water News: Main Break Floods County Building, Causes $10M in Damages

Posted in Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia at 10:18 am by joepaul1

After a broken water main in Dallas, Texas flooded the Dallas County Records building on Memorial Day night, the county is still assessing the damage and the cost. The repair costs for the building are currently $10 million and are expected to go higher. Insurance will cover most of the damage but taxpayers are still on the hook for the $1 million deductible.

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A ten inch rupture in the main sewer line caused 100,000 gallons of sewage to pour into Williamson Creek in Austin, Texas. Officials are warning residents to avoid the pond until it can be cleaned.

Members of the Fall River, Massachusetts City Council had a heated exchange yesterday over stormwater fees and rising sewer rates. Sewer rates have doubled in Fall River to help pay off a $3 million sewer deficit.

Aging and damaged sewers in places like Chattanooga, Tennessee are threatening access to clean water.

In Holyoke, Massachusetts, part of Hampden Street will likely be closed for much of the day due to a water main break. Residents in that immediate area may have temporarily lost their water, the break has also caused a large hole and collapsed pavement on the street.

Stimulus Spotlight
Thanks to the economic stimulus package, the city of Newburyport, Massachusetts is getting a new wastewater treatment facility, replacing an aged and outdated plant.

Sewer Rate News
Albany, New York
Belen, New Mexico
Bossier City, Louisiana
Roanoke, Virginia
Wilsonville, Oregon

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