October 8, 2010

Friday’s Water News: Illinois Community Needs $14.8 Million for Sewer Overflow Projects

Posted in California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New York, Washington at 7:32 pm by bengann

The city of Ottawa, Illinois is pursuing a $14.8 million plan to cut back the city’s combined sewer overflows. The city will have no choice but to create new fees or taxes to pay the mandated costs and is considering a $4 a month surcharge to city sewer fees. Ottawa’s prefered method of funding for the project would be the state revolving loan fund but it is not a viable option for the city at this time.

Headlines
About 150 people were without water this morning after a water main break in Springfield, Massachusetts. The break affects a 500 foot stretch of road and caused traffic there to be detoured.

Redwood City, California must pay $158,000 of the costs associated with a 48,000-gallon sewage spill in a local lagoon.

Stimulus Spotlight
Breckenridge, Illinois received economic stimulus funds for a variety of projects including $3.8 million for its water infrastructure, including a new water tower. About $1.2 million of that money was a grant and the remaining money was provided to the village in the form of low-interest loans.

The village of Farwell, Michigan has completed a project upgrading water services on a portion of the street, upgraded storm drains and installed curb and gutter with resurfacing. It was funded with a 75 percent economic stimulus grant and 25 percent local share.

Sewer Rate News
Ithaca, New York
Keene, New Hampshire
Sultan, Washington

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