September 7, 2010

Tuesday’s Water News: Sidewalk Collapse Drops Pedestrian 15-Feet into Sinkhole

Posted in Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin at 5:42 pm by bengann

A water main leak in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota caused a sidewalk to collapse this morning, sending a pedestrian about 15 feet down into the sinkhole. The man climbed out of the hole on a ladder provided by firefighters. He suffered some scrapes and cuts to his head from the sidewalks bricks but apparently suffered no serious injury.

Headlines
Recent rainfall in Portland, Oregon has prompted local health officials to issue a sewer overflow warning for recreational use on the Willamette River. The public should avoid the Willamette River for 48 hours after the rain has stopped. It is especially important to avoid recreational activities-such as water skiing, jet skiing or swimming-during which water could be swallowed

A restaurant in downtown Kansas City will have to close for a couple of weeks after a water main break flooded his business just four months after it opened.

Stimulus Spotlight
New Mexico Congressman Harry Teague took a tour on Friday of a few local projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, including Cloudcroft’s new solar array that powers the village’s reverse osmosis water treatment plant.

In Colorado, a number of Morgan County farmers have an opportunity to tap $2.5 million of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus money to improve water quality, increase the water supply, decrease soil erosion and improve fish and wildlife habitat.

Sewer Rate News
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