September 13, 2010

Monday’s Water News: Truck Falls into Sinkhole Caused by Water Main Break

Posted in California, Colorado, Florida, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Texas, Virginia at 8:56 am by bengann

A pickup truck fell into a sinkhole in downtown Reno, Nevada on Friday, resulting from a water-main break that sent a larger gusher of water into downtown streets. The two people in the pickup truck were not hurt.

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In Virginia, construction crews will take the first step toward connecting sewer lines to Campbell County’s Seneca Commerce Park in three weeks. This is the first of three phases of work that will provide sewage lines to companies in the business park. All three phases of the project is expected to take three years.

A 36-inch water main break in Akron, Ohio has been fixed after residents were without water or experienced low water pressure Sunday afternoon.

Stimulus Spotlight
For decades the swath of land immediately to the east of Lincoln, Nebraska was 52 square miles of forbidden territory for real estate developers. Now Lincoln has breached that ridge with the beginnings of a new sanitary sewer system, financed in part with federal stimulus dollars.

Wiggins, Colorado may be able to receive money from the economic stimulus package for construction of a water project.

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Banning, California
Fort Meade, Florida
Webster, Texas

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September 9, 2010

Thursday’s Water News: Large Sewage Spill in Amarillo, Texas

Posted in California, Iowa, Michigan, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas at 4:10 pm by bengann

Approximately 750,000 gallons of sewage was dumped into an Amarillo, Texas creek that feeds into T Anchor Lake after a gravity sewer main ruptured. Utility crews used disinfectant and chlorine to treat the lake water which did test positive earlier for sewage.

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A 36-inch water main break in South Fayette Township, Pennsylvania caused road closings, water outages and school cancellation after rupturing early this morning.

In California, San Mateo County health officials have sounded the all-clear for users of Redwood Shores Lagoon—two weeks after some 48,000 gallons of sewage spilled into the water.

A break in a 10-inch water main and several smaller system pipes in Holland, Texas left more than 1,200 people without clean water. Workers say it could take three to four days to complete a final repair on the water main.

Stimulus Spotlight
Thanks to the economic stimulus, the village of Breckenridge, Michigan wants to issue $5 million in Build America Bonds for its sewer rehabilitation project. The program will allow the village to save about 45 percent in interest allowing it to make lower monthly payments.

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Donnellson, Iowa
Eagle Lake, Florida
Edmond, Oklahoma
Sebring, Florida

September 8, 2010

Wednesday’s Water News: Water Main Break Causes Problems at NASA Spaceport

Posted in Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas at 4:19 pm by bengann

A water main break today at NASA’s spaceport in Cape Canaveral, Florida disrupted preparations for the space shuttle Discovery flight on November 1. The water main break forced NASA to close the space center to most personnel Wednesday morning, and Discovery’s short trip from one building to another was delayed until Thursday.

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In Alabama, a judge said he intends to appoint a receiver over the Jefferson County sewer system who could have authority to raise rates. County officials, who opposed having a receiver, said they hope any rate increases are reasonable. The county has defaulted on approximately $515 million in sewer debt payments paving the way for a person to be appointed with the authority to fix rates.

More than $156,000 in change orders have been approved by the City Council in Astoria, Oregon for a $7 million combined sewer overflow project.

Stimulus Spotlight
The Board in Plainfield Township, Michigan has approved $8.25 million in bonds for water system projects in a 5-2 vote. The township expects to get interest rates of 2 percent to 2.5 percent, with some of the interest to be forgiven as part of the federal stimulus package.

Yesterday, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), who represents the 6th Congressional District, met with rural Marion County residents about stimulus money he’s allocating to create a new water pipeline.

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Lufkin, Texas
Osage, Iowa
Prescott, Arizona
Whitehouse, Texas

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.

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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.

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Germantown, Wisconsin
Graham, Texas
Orange, Virginia
Steamboat Springs, Colorado

September 3, 2010

Friday’s Water News: Water Main Break Leads to Soggy Morrning for Some Miami Residents

Posted in California, Florida, Ohio at 3:53 pm by bengann

Water service was restored early Friday to residents and businesses on several blocks in the Pacific Beach section of San Diego after a water main break on Thursday. But a second, unrelated water line break downtown  fouled the morning commute around the main fire station, county jail and courthouse.

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The first phase of a $20 million water project in Marysville, Ohio is nearly complete. The entire project should be completed in fall 2011. About 40 percent of the project is being funded with federal stimulus money and is intended to bring the plant’s capacity from 2.4 million gallons a day to 3.6 million gallons a day.

People in Downtown Miami were cleaning up this morning after a water main break forced water into homes and flooded streets. Miami-Dade Water and Sewer officials say private contractors were making repairs to another water main when all of a sudden a 12-inch pipe burst.

Stimulus Spotlight
In California, the Los Osos sewer project will get $87 million in federal stimulus money to finance the project. Most of the money is categorized as a low-interest loan, but $4 million is a grant. The money came from the USDA Water and Environmental Program and is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

An abbreviated post today as we approach the Labor Day weekend. The blog will take Labor Day off but be back on Tuesday, September 7.

September 2, 2010

Thursday’s Water News: $25.8M Sewer Repair Project in Charleston, W.V. Moving Forward

Posted in Massachusetts, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, West Virginia at 11:29 am by bengann

A $25.8 million sewer rehabilitation project for Charleston, West Virginia got the needed funding to move forward yesterday after the state Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council voted unanimously to award a low-interest loan to the Charleston Sanitary Board for sewer line upgrades and replacements.

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The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is investigating the release of more than 50,000 gallons of sewage into a creek in the city of Warrensburg. Such discharges have the potential to contaminate lakes and streams, causing serious water quality problems.

Work on an $8 million, 1 million-gallon water tank project at The Highlands, a dining, entertainment and shopping complex in Triadelphia, West Virginia, is expected to begin soon. Funding for the project includes a $6.4 million federal Economic Development Administration grant and a $1.6 million West Virginia Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council loan.

Stimulus Spotlight
Plans are still under way in Independence, Missouri for the Little Blue Valley Sewer District’s $85.9 million in improvements. The district will use Build America bonds by the end of 2010 to finance the improvements. The bonds, part of the federal economic stimulus effort, aim to reduce the cost of borrowing for state and local government entities.

Flooding on U.S. Highway 101 in Seaside, Oregon is such an important issue that it took the top spot in a list of 65 projects that local officials want to see fixed. The list represents the projects that could be financed with federal stimulus funds or state grants.

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Altavista, Virginia
Granville, Ohio
Holbrook, Massachusetts
Mecklenburg County, North Carolina

September 1, 2010

Wednesday’s Water News: Boil Water Advisory Issued for Georgia Community

Posted in California, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New York, South Carolina, Texas at 12:02 pm by bengann

In Warner Robins, Georgia yesterday, two restaurants, two convenience stores, an elementary school, a small day care center and about 50 residences were without water after an 8-inch water main ruptured.

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The City of Columbia, South Carolina issued a boil water advisory yesterday after a water main break. The advisory was issued for several apartment complexes which house hundreds of students who attend the University of South Carolina.

About 48,000 gallons of raw sewage spilled into a residential lagoon in Redwood City, California last week, nearly 10 times more than city officials initially estimated. The city estimate was revised after crews discovered a pipe had broken underground, sending far more sewage into the water than originally thought.

All three pumps at the a pump station in Cohoes, New York have failed, resulting in 27,100 gallons of raw sewage discharging into the Salt Kill, a tributary of the Hudson River. The cause was a string of rags found in the system.

Stimulus Spotlight
In Massachusetts, permanent financing for a new water plant that will serve Chatham and New Berlin should be secured next month. Plans are to pay for the project through Build America Bonds, a federal stimulus program that will reimburse the commission for 35 percent of its interest expenses. The bonds will be paid off over 30 years.

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Colleyville, Texas
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Gulfport, Mississippi
San Marcos, Texas

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