October 18, 2010

Monday’s Water News: Water Main Break Closes National Museum of Natural History

Posted in California, DC, Georgia, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania at 6:59 pm by bengann

In Washington, D.C., the break of a water main near the National Mall on Friday night shut down a sizable portion of Constitution Avenue on Saturday, and closed the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Behind the disruption was the rupture of a 24-inch water main, which ripped up the roadbed. The failed water main was installed in 1928.

Headlines
Three water main breaks around San Diego on Sunday interrupted water service to residents and disrupted traffic.  All three breaks occurred between 7:45 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

When more than 16 inches of rain fell in Pitt County, North Carolina earlier this month, the Village of Simpson was forced to shut down its town offices for the week.  The problem wasn’t flooded streets; it was a backed-up toilet.  Now the village wants want to install a sewer system through the village to end the problem. The project would cost an estimated $4.64 million and serve the town’s 250 households.

Stimulus Spotlight
The expansion and upgrade of the water treatment plant in Zanesville, Ohio will provide the capacity to handle even more water customers in the coming years.  Even with $9 million of the funding for the $16.1 million project coming from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, water customers saw a 15.3 percent bi-monthly rate increase in January, and will see another 6.3 percent hike coming next month. The rate increases are needed to help make debt payments on a Ohio Water Development Authority loan that also helped finance the project.

The city of Wagoner, Oklahoma received $300,000 in federal stimulus money and a $900,000 loan from the Oklahoma Water Resource Board last year. The money has been used to replace the city’s main water transmission lines, as well as the fire hydrants along the way.

Sewer Rate News
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