October 21, 2010

Thursday’s Water News: EPA Awards California $274 Million in Grants for Water and Sewer Systems

Posted in California, Colorado, Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Jersey, Wisconsin at 7:18 pm by bengann

EPA has was awarded the state of California $274 million in federal grants to pay for upgrades to drinking water and sewer systems. Among the hundreds of projects that will likely receive funding are two $10 million grants to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power for upgrades to Silverlake and Ivanhoe reservoirs, and $20 million to San Diego for significant upgrades to a water treatment plant.

Headlines
A rash of water main breaks in Colorado Springs, Colorado has forced drivers to find detours around flooded streets and torn up concrete. To complicate matters even more, the breaks have been occurring below some of the city’s busiest intersections and/or during hour. Most of the breaks can be attributed to aging pipes.

Despite the Fitchburg, Massachusetts City Council approving $9.3 million in additional money for water pollution abatement projects, the funding will only get the city halfway through what it is ordered to do by the state.

In Minnesota, work has begun on  a $26 million project to renovate the City of Duluth’s sanitary sewer overflow system. The project includes a new sanitary sewage pump station, an 8 million gallon sewage overflow tank, and replacement of the old utilities operations building and public restroom. The city received $9.9 million in grants to help pay for this project.

Stimulus Spotlight
The rural town of Osgood, Indiana is receiving $3.1 million in economic stimulus funding to help finance a water improvement project. 

Construction of Rhinelander, Wisconsin’s new $32 million wastewater treatment plant is on schedule to be completed in July 2011. The city was awarded $16.5 million in economic stimulus funds toward the overall cost of the project.

Sewer Rate News
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Palm Springs, California
Vinton, Louisiana

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