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.

Headlines
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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