October 14, 2010

Thursday’s Water News: $14 Million Sewer Installation Project to Begin in Staten Island

Posted in Alabama, California, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Oregon, Virginia at 2:52 pm by bengann

A $14 million project to provide sewer service to 150 homes in Staten Island, which will last two years, is set to begin within the next two weeks. Water mains are also expected to be replaced as part of the project. Over the years the lack of drainage from storm sewers wore away and broke up road surfaces which this project should fix.

Headlines
In Alabama, the Birmingham Water Works has commissioned a study on the possibility of buying the troubled Jefferson County sewer system if the county declares bankruptcy. The utility is trying to determine whether it could operate the county’s system safely without a substantial increase in rates. The county sewer system is $3.2 billion in debt and is being run by a court-appointed receiver.

Water from a broken 6-inch utility pipe flooded a street in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles early today and a shut-down for repairs left 20 homes or multi-dwelling structures without water.

Stimulus Spotlight
The Lewis & Clark Regional Water System has received notification from the Bureau of Reclamation that it has been approved for an additional $4.5 million in funding.  $3 million is from unallocated economic stimulus funding and $1.5 million was “reprogrammed” from unused appropriations of other Reclamation projects.  The funds are designated for use on the main water treatment plant building currently being built near Vermillion, Iowa.  When completed, Lewis & Clark will provide water to over 300,000 people through its 20 member cities.

Construction is more than halfway completed on $54 million project to upgrade a wastewater treatment plant in Westboro, Massachusetts. About $8 million of the project cost is covered by federal stimulus money. The balance of the project is being financed through increased sewer rates.

Sewer Rate News
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