September 30, 2010

Thursday’s Water News: Sewage Spill Prompts Warning at Los Angeles Area Beach

Posted in California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Virginia at 7:57 pm by bengann

A 500,000 gallon sewage spill has prompted a warning to avoid ocean water along a two-mile stretch of beach known as “The Strand” near Los Angeles. The warning will be in effect until at least 3 p.m. on Saturday, pending test results that measure the bacteria level in the ocean water.

A water main rupture that sprayed a San Francisco intersection with water this morning occurred because the pipe is old and made of materials no longer used by the city.

The Baltimore City Department of Public Works is reporting that two sanitary sewer overflows occurred today after a long period of rain. Baltimore is undertaking a $1 billion rehabilitation of the its sanitary sewer system which will protect urban streams and the Chesapeake Bay while preventing future sewer overflows.

Stimulus Spotlight
Colorado Springs Utilities announced today it issued $180 million in “Build America Bonds,” a program created by the federal stimulus act, to pay for the first two years of construction on an $880 million water pipeline project called the Southern Delivery System.

In Virginia, Loudoun County’s reclaimed water is now the highest quality water available thanks to money from the economic stimulus. Loudoun Water received nearly $1.7 million in stimulus funding for the installation of pipes that will deliver reclaimed water for use in several commercial applications.

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Calistoga, California
Libertyville, Illinois
Gulf Breeze, Florida
Solvang, California

September 29, 2010

Wednesday’s Water News: Federal Grant to Increase Treatment Capacity for N.Y. Community

Posted in Florida, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Texas at 7:15 pm by bengann

A $1.25 million federal grant will help pay for a new wastewater treatment facility to increase capacity in the Town of Montgomery, New York.  The new system will increase capacity to serve more than 10 commercial properties and over 110 homes.

In Florida, parts of Lee County are under a boil water notice after two separate water main breaks – one in Cape Coral and one in North Fort Myers.

The Village of New Paltz, New York which has been plagued for years by sewer issues, has received a $540,000 state block grant to replace an aged sewer line that runs near the Wallkill River.

Stimulus Spotlight
Construction is set to begin this week on a long-awaited public water line extension into part of Adams County, Ohio. The total funding available for the water line is $2.1 million with $425,000 of it coming from a Community Development Block Grant via the economic stimulus.

Elected officials are making a push to redirect $2 million in economic stimulus money to help pay for the installation of a public water system in Calverton, New York.

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Elgin, Texas
Fulton, Missouri
Prosper, Texas

Tuesday’s Water News: Terre Haute (Ind.) Close to Plan to Reduce Sewer Overflows

Posted in California, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah at 12:13 am by bengann

City officials in Terre Haute, Indiana and engineers are in the final stages of hammering out a plan to drastically reduce raw sewage discharges into the Wabash River. The city’s proposed long-term control plans range in cost from about $56 million (which likely would not meet EPA requirements) to approximately $170 million, according to engineering estimates. This expense will come on top of at least $100 million the city already is planning to spend to expand and upgrade its wastewater treatment plant to meet federal clean-water mandates.

More than 420,000 gallons of water gushed from a broken pipe Monday in Provo, Utah flooding several homes and causing significant damage to an intersection.

City officials in Portland, Oregon are warning residents to avoid recreational activities in the Willamette River because of a recent sewer overflow. Residents are advised to avoid activities that could cause river water to be swallowed.

Stimulus Spotlight
In Georgia, DeKalb County commissioners have approved plans to use $36 million in low-interest federal stimulus bonds. Most of the money, $28.4 million, will be used for water and sewer improvements.  The low-interest federal bonds are expected to save the county $1 million over 20 years.

In Connecticut, Norwich Public Utilities has received approval from the City Council for $5.9 million to cover three water system improvements that jumped to the top of the list of capital projects when federal stimulus grants and low-interest loans became available.

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Charleston, South Carolina
Edmond, Oklahoma
Laurel, Mississippi
Redlands, California

September 23, 2010

Back on Tuesday, September 28

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:54 am by bengann

My employer, National Utility Contractors Association, is moving and so Water News Update is going to take a few days off. We will return with all new posts starting Tuesday, September 28.

As always, I thank the loyal readers of the blog for making it a success and appreciate your patience during this brief hiatus.

September 21, 2010

Tuesday’s Water News: Iowa Community Addresses Wastewater Infrastructure

Posted in Alabama, California, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania at 2:13 pm by bengann

Ending the sanitary sewer backups that have plagued residents in Fort Dodge, Iowa for years is a major goal of an updated community plan being developed by local leaders. Officials have already budgeted $6 million to be spent over the next two fiscal years fixing sanitary sewers. Another $3 million is to be invested in storm sewers.

A water-main break this morning flooded a major intersection in Topeka, Kansas causing motorists to carefully navigate through the area during the early period of rush-hour.

Heavy rains over the weekend in Kansas City led to more than 13 million gallons in sanitary sewer overflows being dumped into four local creeks.

Stimulus Spotlight
The city of Coachella, California has secured a $5 million federal loan to improve its wastewater system infrastructure. The stimulus funded project will help improve water quality and public sanitation, and also stimulate the economy by creating jobs.

Pennsylvania Senators Arlen Specter and Bob Casey have announced that a $27 million loan to the Oxford Area Sewer Authority via the economic stimulus has been awarded for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements.

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Madison, Alabama
Minot, North Dakota
Pataskala, Ohio
Petoskey, Michigan

September 20, 2010

Monday’s Water News: $650 Million Needed to Fix Akron’s Sewer Overflows

Posted in Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri, National, Ohio, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin at 7:44 pm by bengann

The price tag for Akron, Ohio’s plan to curtail sewer overflows continues to climb. Federally mandated sewer improvements over the next 18 years now will cost $650 million, the city says in a new report. The city previously had estimated the work would cost more than $500 million.

A broken water main over the weekend has caused a flood of problems for the Central Virginia Training Center in Amherst County. They had no running water Sunday night, and Monday workers discovered millions of dollars in damage.

Investments in stormwater infrastructure are barely covering the most urgent needs of utilities, according to Black & Veatch’s eighth Stormwater Utility Survey.

Stimulus Spotlight
Three Arkansas water systems will receive a total of $19.9 million in federal stimulus funds, officials announced Monday. The Baxter-Marion Rural Water Association will receive $7.63 million, the city of Corning will receive $7.68 million and the Miller County Public Water Authority will receive $4.59 million.

The village of Rudolph, Wisconsin will get more than $2.3 million in stimulus funding to improve its wastewater treatment system.

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Columbia, Missouri
Madison, Alabama
Spokane, Washington

September 17, 2010

Friday’s Water News: Novato Sanitary District (Calif.) Fined for Sewer Overflows

Posted in Arizona, California, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin at 1:37 pm by bengann

Just days after the Department of Justice ended its investigation of the Novato Sanitary District, the  sewage agency has been fined $287,500 by the San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board. The fines address some 70 spills by the district, totaling 472,498 gallons, from May 2007 to May 2010.

A stretch of road in Farmington Hills, Michigan will close for as long two weeks after a collapsed sanitary sewer line created a sinkhole in the middle of the road.

Officials in the city of Cold Spring, Kentucky don’t want to be part of the regional sanitation district’s (known as Sanitation District No. 1) efforts to collect and treat storm water from their city unless the regional utility agrees to take responsibility for the entire storm-water system.

Water service has been restored to all but about 50 customers in the Northern Virginia communities of McLean and Falls Church after a 24-inch water main burst. The cause of the break in the 60-year-old pipe has not been determined.

Stimulus Spotlight
Keokuk, Iowa will soon have the second largest elevated water storage tank in the country. The project cost is $7.3 million with about $3.5 million of that coming from grants and stimulus money.

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Lewisburg, Tennessee
Paradise Valey, Arizona
Rockport, Texas
Superior, Wisconsin

September 16, 2010

Thursday’s Water News: Repairs to Sioux Falls Sewer Main Costs $1.4 Million

Posted in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, New York, Ohio, South Dakota, Washington at 4:26 pm by bengann

Repairs have been completed for a collapsed sewer pipe that sent the Sioux Falls, South Dakota into emergency mode and put water restrictions on thousands of residents last month. City officials are waiting to see whether federal money will be able to cover the unplanned $1.4 million expense during an already tight budget year.

A family of five had to climb out the windows of their apartment in Mesa, Arizona this morning after a water main break. The entire apartment complex is without water until the repairs can be completed.

It was a soggy cleanup this morning as some residents of the Chicago suburb of Niles dealt with the aftermath of a water main break. An estimated 200,000 gallons of water were released by the water main break with some minor flooding of homes and cars.

Stimulus Spotlight
A decade of water woes are over for some residents in Century, Florida after a $1.58 million project has improved the town’s water system. Most of the project was funded by a federal stimulus dollars, with the remaining portion from a low-interest loan.

The state and federal governments together will give the village of Albion, New York $2.6 million to upgrade the sewer plant.  Financing for the project will come from a $600,000 Community Development Block Grant with the other $2 million  to overhaul the plant coming from the economic stimulus.

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Greenwood, Indiana
Holly Hill, Florida
Port Angeles, Washington
Warren, Ohio

September 15, 2010

Wednesday’s Water News: Major Sewer Overflow Spills into North Carolina River

Posted in Alaska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas at 4:23 pm by bengann

Approximately 500,000 gallons of raw sewage spilled into the Pasquotank River in Elizabeth City, North Carolina on Tuesday night after a pipe ruptured. At the wastewater treatment Plant, a 30-inch pipe that discharges from the aeration basin to the splitter box ruptured, causing a large sinkhole.

Motorists are once again using a road in South Fayette Township, Pennsylvania after it was closed for two days when a 36-inch water main broke early sending torrents of water down the street.

A broken sewer pipe resulted in 66,500 gallons of sewage flowing into Dye Creek in Mooresville, North Carolina last Friday.

Stimulus Spotlight
The town of Central, South Carolina has reached an agreement to connect two Pickens County schools to its sewer system, pending county council approval. Central’s sewer system is being rebuilt with the help of federal stimulus money.

Workers in Fairbanks, Alaska are racing to complete a road project before winter. The project is part of phase two; phase one which cost $2 million replaced sewer and water systems under about a mile of road and was aided by $1 million in economic stimulus funding.

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Aurora, Ohio
Kaufman, Texas
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Pataskala, Ohio

September 14, 2010

Tuesday’s Water News: College Dorm Evacuated After Water Main Break

Posted in California, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas at 3:25 pm by bengann

More than 400 students were evacuated from an Eastern Kentucky University residence hall after a water main broke early Tuesday morning. The break in the 4-inch line was caused by a coupling that failed. Water flooded the laundry area and a lounge in the basement of the residence hall.

Residents in Austin, Texas who live near a pump station that spilled sewage into Bull Creek last week said the city is underestimating the size of the spill. People who live near a pump station that spilled sewage into Bull Creek last week said the city is underestimating the size of the spill.

Many Kingsport, Tennessee residents were without water, or water pressure this morning after a large water main broke last night and public works crews had a hard time finding the source.

Traffic detours will likely remain in place for an Amarillo, Texas street through the end of the week due to damage caused by a pipeline break that let loose 250 million gallons of water.

Stimulus Spotlight
Upland, California will begin work this fall on a number of recycled water projects in the eastern portion of the city. The $20 million project will provide recycled water for landscape irrigation, industrial use and groundwater recharge, and is being funded in part with $5 million in economic stimulus funds.
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Greenville, Mississippi
Social Circle, Georgia
Souderton, Pennsylvania
Urbana, Illinois

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