July 16, 2010

Friday’s Water News: City of Macon (Ga.) to Issue $50M in Bonds for Water, Sewer Upgrades

Posted in California, Georgia, Iowa, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Wisconsin at 5:41 pm by bengann

In Georgia, the Macon Water Authority has approved the refinancing of $14.2 million in bonds and the eventual sale of $50 million more. The new bonds will pay for a long list of improvements to the authority’s water distribution system, sewers, replacement of a sewer line that collapsed under the Macon levee last year, and more.

California state water quality have fined the Sonoma Valley County Sanitation District $350,000 for a series of spills that have poured 930,077 gallons of raw sewage into waterways in the past three years.

Sewer overflows may affect beachgoers in Milwaukee this weekend. At 9 AM this morning, the main tunnels, which hold a remarkable 432 million gallons, were more than 98 percent full.

The City of Greensboro, North Carolina had 1.45 million gallons of untreated wastewater spilled into South Buffalo Creek on Wednesday. According to the city, the discharge lasted over 6 hours due to a power and generator failure that was complicated by extreme flows caused by heavy rain.

Stimulus Spotlight
The Town of Pittsford, Vermont is hoping to receive economic stimulus funding available through the USDA that would cover 45 percent of a $1.9 million sewer project.

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Keokuk, Iowa
Monroe, Pennsylvania


July 15, 2010

Thursday’s Water News: Service Finally Restored to Parts of Fairfield County (Conn.)

Posted in Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, New York, South Carolina at 6:53 am by bengann

Water service has been restored for customers in several towns in Fairfield County after a major water main break Monday in Westport.  The 2-foot line broke Monday morning, leaving more than 1,000 without water.  The situation became so dire, that town officials in Ridgefield declared a water emergency and said residents should use water only to drink or cook with. The 2-foot line broke Monday morning, leaving more than 1,000 without water.

A water main break on the West Side of Evansville, Indiana has prompted local officials to issue a precautionary boil advisory for a neighborhood there.

A one-mile stretch of road was closed in Edgefield County, South Carolina after a water main break damaged the road.

New York City has begun to look at the way Philadelphia is addressing its sewer overflow problems in order to get a better handle on its own sewer overflow challenges.

Stimulus Spotlight
The Town of Hotchkiss, Colorado received a $775,000 loan with 100 percent principal forgiveness–thanks to the economic stimulus–to complete a water main project to benefit the local high school.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
Marco Island, Florida
Santa Rosa, Florida

July 14, 2010

Wednesday’s Water News: 42,000 Gallons of Sewage Spills in Oakland, West Virginia

Posted in Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee at 3:17 pm by bengann

A pump station failure in Oakland, West Virginia caused 42,000 gallons of sewage leaks near local Deep Creek Lake. The cause of the failure is unknown and officials have blocked off any area that could have possibly been contaminated until further notice. Deep Creek Lake is currently being tested for contamination as well.

Heavy rains cause a raw sewage overflow into Lake Erie near Cleveland, Ohio. Officials have warned that citizens should not swim at nearby Edgewater Beach until further notice. The overflow occurred because Cleveland’s wastewater system was overtaxed during the rains.

A Children’s Center in Oklahoma, City, Oklahoma is facing costs estimated at $100,000 dollars after heavy rains in the city caused sewage overflows. The wastewater system could not handle the rain, and sewage spewed into the center, causing damage.

A sewer main break in Indian Harbour Beach, Florida has caused officials to warn residents to avoid using the water in the area, even for drinking, until the problem is fixed.

Stimulus Spotlight
Thanks to the economic stimulus package, the island of Kauai in Hawaii is doubling the capacity of its wastewater plant. The $7.4 million dollar project will help the island deal with its wastewater problems.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
Lawrence, Kansas
St. Mary’s Georgia
Warrenton, Oregon

July 13, 2010

Tuesday’s Water News: Sewer Pipe Leak Leads to Effluent Discharge into Sonoma Creek

Posted in Alabama, California, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Oregon, Virginia at 7:51 pm by egold24

A leaking sewage pipe is dumping untreated effluent into the Sonoma Creek in Sonoma, California. The leak may have been active for 12 hours before it was discovered; if so, the leak was dumping unimpeded at a rate of more than 100 gallons of sewage per minute into the creek.

Officials in Nortonville, Kentucky are trying to figure out how to pay back a nearly three million dollar loan. In 2005, the city built a waste water plant using a loan from the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority. That loan was supposed to be paid back within one year of the plant’s completion, but still $2.8 million is owed.

The second leaking water pipe in a week has been discovered in Rockville, Maryland. It was reported in yesterday’s update that a water main was leaking, but it has finally burst. The 24 inch main is the second to break in a week and will extend the duration of water restrictions for Rockville residents.

A power outage in Shreveport, Louisiana over the weekend led to a hydraulic surge in the sewer line causing serious problems. Sewage is leaking into Lake Champion at a rate of 2,000 gallons a minute. The leak has been going since early Monday morning.

Stimulus Spotlight
A Groundbreaking was held for the Scott County Otter House Water Project in Hiltons, Virginia. The Tri-Cities area was awarded $2.25 million by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to entirely cover the cost of the project.

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Anderson, Indiana
Aurora, Oregon
Belmont, California
Birmingham, Alabama

July 12, 2010

Monday’s Water News: U.S., Mexico Argue Over Sewage Spill Cleanup

Posted in Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Washington at 5:15 pm by egold24

Agencies continue to shirk responsibility for a sewage spill near the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego, California. Over 2.1 million gallons of Mexican sewage leaked into the Tijuana River Valley following a breakdown at several U.S. waste treatment facilities. Agencies have responded by dodging responsibility because of jurisdictional questions.

A pair of water main breaks in Fairfield County, Connecticut has disrupted service to about 1,000 customers in the towns of Westport, Fairfield, Weston and Wilton.

Officials in Rockville, Maryland have finally lifted a water restrictions for residents. After a 24-inch water main ruptured last week, the city asked residents to limit their water use, but on Friday another leak was discovered that continued the restriction through the weekend.

Stimulus Spotlight
Fort Smith, Arkansas has received $77 million in economic stimulus funding for new construction projects. Of this sum, $7.5 million has been allocated for laying 12.5 miles of new water piping that will improve service to over 29,000 residents.

In California, the Napa Sanitation district has received $7.3 million in economic stimulus funds to undertake water recycling projects throughout Napa Valley. The construction work must commence before September 30 or the funds will no longer be available.

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Evansville, Indiana
Prairieville, Louisiana
Seattle, Washington
Whittier, California

July 9, 2010

Friday’s Water News: 700,000 Gallons of Sewage Floods Armarillo, Texas

Posted in Alabama, California, Indiana, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia at 10:19 am by joepaul1

After heavy rains hit Armarillo, Texas, the wastewater system was overwhelmed. This led to 700,000 gallons of raw sewage to spill out in several locations across town. Local residents and businesses are both dealing with wastewater overflows in their own homes, and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is looking into health and safety concerns regarding the spill.

The aging sewage treatment plant in Saltsburg, Pennsylvania is on it’s last legs according to officials. The plant is over thirty years old, and will not last much longer. It is now having trouble cleaning wastewater thoroughly, causing health problems. However, the Saltsburg City Council is having trouble coming up with the money to fix it, as it would cost $1.6 million to refurbish the plant and a whopping $2.7 million to replace it.

Residents of Monterey, California will not be able to swim at the local Monterey Municipal Beach due to a 70,000 gallon sewage spill into the nearby stormwater system. The system drains directly into the beach. Citizens will not be allowed to swim in the water until it can be tested for contamination by officials.

Sewage spills out of a manhole in Chico City, California. The leak is believed to have been caused by a system blockage.  Some of the sewage spilled directly into the stormwater system, but not enough to cause contamination, according to officials.

Stimulus Spotlight
Thanks to the stimulus package, the town of Plattsmouth, Nebraska is getting a new sewage system. The stimulus package will provide a $1.2 million grant to help fund the $4 million dollar project.

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Terre Haute, Indiana
Campbell County, Virginia
New Albany, Indiana
Northport, Alabama

July 8, 2010

Thursday’s Water News: Water Main Break Causes Geyser in Rockville, Maryland

Posted in Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin at 11:13 am by joepaul1

A broken water main shot water dozens of feet into the air on Wednesday in Rockville, Maryland. The 24-inch water main broke at about 3:30 p.m. but the water stopped flowing at about 10 p.m. Water restrictions are in effect for the area until Saturday.

The city council of Rhinelander, Wisconsin met with lawyers to determine their next step if they are sued over recent sewage overflows. The spills occurred in about 60 homes after heavy rains and it is still unclear as to how many residents are considering legal action.

The overtaxed sewage system in Edgartown, Massachusetts overflowed into several locations recently. Heavy use caused the nearby wastewater treatment plant to shut down. The sewage leaked into nearby homes and even the local social club, the Boathouse.

Residents of Minot, North Dakota are considering suing the City of Minot over recent sewage overflows. Heavy rains caused the wastewater system to back up and pour raw sewage into people’s homes. The citizens blame the city for not updating an aging wastewater system.

Stimulus Spotlight
$21.3 million dollars of sewer upgrades are underway in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Funding for the project includes $14.8 million in low interest loans and a $3 million dollar grant, both of which have been provided by the stimulus package.

Thanks to the stimulus package many sewer lines in Oregon City, Oregon are being replaced. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or ARRA is providing $900,000 for the $2 million project.

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Irving, Texas
Jackson, Mississippi
Rainier, Washington
Waynesboro, Pennsylvania

July 7, 2010

Wednesday’s Water News: Water Restrictions for DC Suburbs Lifted

Posted in California, Connecticut, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, North Dakota, Washington at 5:29 pm by egold24

Water restrictions have been lifted in the Washington, DC suburbs of Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. Approximately 1.8 million residents of the two Maryland counties were restricted to minimal water use after an 8-foot wide water main nearly broke last week.

Water damage caused a sinkhole in the St. Louis suburb of Bellefontaine Neighbors, Missouri that swallowed an SUV. The woman driving the SUV was able to climb out and was not hurt.

A 16-inch water main broke in Atlanta, Georgia early Tuesday morning. Work crews were forced to close a major road, creating more traffic delays. Construction will not be completed until Thursday according to officials.

A water pump failure has left some residents in Shelton, Connecticut without water service. Increased water demand from the high temperatures overwhelmed the water pump and caused the failure.

Stimulus Spotlight
Stimulus funds have been disbursed to Bismark, North Dakota for water project aid. McKenzie county received $2.2 million to broaden water distribution to residential areas. Also, the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation received $1.62 million for water projects.

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Bossier City, Louisana
Jefferson City, Missouri
Livermore Falls, Maine
Palm Springs, California
Port Orchard, Washington

July 6, 2010

Tuesday’s Water News: Thompson’s Lake in Albany, New York Closed After Sewage Spill

Posted in California, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Utah, West Virginia at 10:06 am by joepaul1

Popular swimming spot Thompson’s Lake in Albany, New York has been closed until further notice due to a nearby sewage spill. The lake may be contaminated due to the nearby campground pump failure. This happened Sunday night, so tourists who came to the lake to vacation could not swim in the blistering heat on Monday and are expected to not be able to swim until the water is tested on Thursday.

A sewage spill closes Little Corona Beach in Orange County, California. It seems that a sewer main break at nearby Newport Coast Drive poured 18,000 gallons of wastewater into Buck Gulch, which flows directly in to Little Corona. Officials are still investigating the cause of the problem.

Heavy rains cause wastewater overflows in Eddyville, Iowa. After a storm, citizens in the town are now dealing with sewage in their houses. The wastewater system could not handle the rain and has caused Eddyville officials to ask for help from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to ease the pressure on the sewage system.

Raw sewage continues to flow into the Ohio River from about 1,000 homes and businesses in Weirton, West Virginia. This has been an ongoing problem for fifty years, and officials are struggling to fix it. he main problem has been with funding. The city has allocated 130,000 dollars in loans to fix the leaks, but the cost of fixing the spills has been estimated to be between 2-4 million dollars.

Stimulus Spotlight
Thanks to the stimulus package, and specifically Build America Bonds, the sewage system in Lansing, Michigan is getting a complete overhaul. The town issued these low interest bonds totaling 20 million dollars to fix problems in sewage as well as mending roadways.

A combination of federal grants and low interest loans is helping the town of Dana, Indiana complete a 6.7 million dollar project for a new wastwater treatment plant, as well as new sewers and lift stations. The lack of a good sewer system has caused a decline in the town’s economy in recent years, and officials are sure that this will strengthen the town’s businesses.

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San Mateo, California
Porterdale, Georgia
American Fork, Utah
Garner, North Carolina

July 2, 2010

Friday’s Water News: Corpus Christi, Texas Deals with Perrenial Sewage Overflows

Posted in Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, Ohio, Texas, Virginia at 10:10 am by joepaul1

The sewage system in Corpus Christi, Texas has been overrun with heavy rains. This has led to a flooding of city houses and streets. This is not unusual for residents, however, as the sewage system has not been enough to hold back the overflows for a long time. Every year, during expected heavy rains, the system is overloaded and spews out wastewater for the townspeople to deal with.

After years of polluting, the Chesapeake Bay has become impaired according to EPA officials. They have devised a plan to reduce the amounts of nitrogen and phosphorus in the water by building new wastewater treatment facilities and new drainage systems to limit the amount of sewage put into the bay.

Homes in Steubenville, Ohio have been discharging raw sewage on to the street. The Ohio EPA has been informed by law and are looking in to the situation. The problem may have arisen due to a lack of a proper connection between the homes and the main sewer line.

Stimulus Spotlight
Thanks to the stimulus package, residents of Hinsdale, New Hampshire will be getting a new wastewater treatment facility. 687 thousand dollars will be provided in grants from the stimulus package, and the rest will come from loans from the state.

100 thousand dollars of stimulus money is going to help the residents of Stanley, Virginia keep storm water out of their sewage pipes. This water often led to sewage spills in the town and will now be fixed.

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Terre Haute, Indiana
North Andover, Massachusetts
Indianola, Iowa
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Allegan, Michigan

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