October 20, 2010

Wednesday’s Water News: $1.4M Grant from HHS to Improve Water, Sewer Systems in Rural Arkansas

Posted in Arkansas, Indiana, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee at 10:25 pm by bengann

The federal government is awarding more than $1.4 million for water and sewer infrastructure upgrades in parts of rural Arkansas. The grant from the Department of Health and Human Services will help small towns and rural communities in the state improve water systems and handle waste-disposal problems and needs.

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After a lift station in Sioux Falls, South Dakota failed three times this summer and was forced to discharge sewage into the Big Sioux River, the city’s Wastewater Superintendent is asking the City Council to move up a project that would make the pipe coming out of the lift station bigger thereby eliminating any discharge .

Workers finished repairing a water main break today in Concord, North Carolina but the incident forced the closure of an elementary school and delayed surgeries at a nearby hospital. A street damaged by the water main break will remain closed for at least a week as repairs are made.

Sewer Rate News
Residents of a 214-home neighborhood in Calverton, New York, who have lived for years with drinking water tinged brownish by its high iron content, got a scare last week when it seemed they might lose almost $2 million in federal stimulus to bring in public water. Fortunately for the hamlet, the situation has been resolved and will now receive stimulus funding for the project. The funding will bring jobs to the same region of the state for which the funds were designated, and improve public health for almost a thousand people.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s head of stimulus funding was full of praise yesterday after touring the City of Brockton’s sewer treatment plant, which has received $11 million in stimulus money for upgrades.

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