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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