October 19, 2010

Tuesday’s Water News: Water Main Break Closes Downtown Office Building in Wausau, Wisc.

Posted in California, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Wisconsin at 1:20 pm by bengann

One of downtown Wausau, Wisconsin’s largest office buildings will be closed today because of a water main break. The building had not suffered from any flooding, but some water was pouring onto the corner of Second Street and McClellan Street, where the main is located.

Headlines
In Pennsylvania, North Codorus Township is planning to borrow up to $2.65 million to bail out its sewer authority. The idea is to provide the authority with cash to pay down debt from the construction of its sewage treatment plant and lines. Without the township’s help, the authority would have to significantly raise sewer rates or default on its debt.

A massive public works project that could create hundreds of jobs in Omaha is about to get under way. The city is about to begin its $1.6 billion sewer project that is expected to last for the next 15 years. The city, NUCA of Nebraska and several other groups are teaming up to recruit and train local workers.

Stimulus Spotlight
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago wants to sell $500 million of mostly Build America Bonds — a program from the economic stimulus — before the end of the year to help finance a long-term capital program of more than $2.5 billion.

Los Angeles, owner of the largest wastewater collection system in the U.S., is issuing $187 million in Build America Bonds — as part of a larger bond offering — to pay for improvements to sewage facilities and refinance existing debt as user fees climb.

Sewer Rate News
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Exeter Township, Pennsylvania
Sacramento County, California
Spearfish, South Dakota

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