October 25, 2010

Monday’s Water News: 3 Million Gallons of Untreated Sewage Spills into Shreveport Lake

Posted in Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Tennessee at 8:29 pm by bengann

3 million gallons of untreated sewage has spilled into Champion Lake in Shreveport, Louisiana. Just a few months ago, in July, the city had to fix a leak only about 50 feet away from the leak this weekend. The city says both leaks are the result of aging sewer pipes. It is estimated that $200 million is needed to update the city’s sewer system.

Headlines
Several major retail stores were without water in Jersey City, New Jersey today after a break in a 30-inch water main. The water service company said its customers may have discolored water or low water pressure.

The Town of Chapel Hill, Tennessee is receiving a $311,000 federal CDBG grant to replace a sewer line. The replacement pipe with better installation is needed to help prevent slow flow and back ups.

Stimulus Spotlight
The Mayor of Kandiyohi, Minnesota says he’s proud of the city’s new wastewater pipeline and pumping system and is pleased that most of the cost was covered by federal stimulus funds, which provided $2.9 million toward the $3.4 million cost of the project.

There is good news for residents in Coldwater, Michigan, the money last year from the economic stimulus that rebuilt sewer lines has significantly reduced ground water infiltration.

Sewer Rate News
Bay City, Michigan
Branson, Missouri
Hilliard, Florida
Tulsa, Oklahoma

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