November 4, 2010

Thursday’s Water News: Planning to Continue for Desalination Plant in Marin County

Posted in California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia at 10:18 am by bengann

In California, Marin County voters have approved planning by local water officials for a new desalination plant near the San Rafael shoreline. Passage of the ballot measure still requires voters to approve construction of the project but allows for the planning process to take place. If built, the desalination plant could eventually produce up to 15 million gallons of fresh water every day for the water district’s customers, which currently include businesses and 195,000 people spread across 10 towns and unincorporated parts of Marin.

Headlines
A blocked sewer in Richmond, Virginia backed up sewage into a downtown state Department of Transportation building, displacing a day-care center and disabling the structure’s drinking-water fountains and toilets.

State regulators in Virginia have notified the city of Lynchburg that a 270,000 gallon sewer overflow into the James River on September 24 that killed an estimated 1,000 may have violated state water control regulations.

Heavy rains earlier this week in Port Angeles, Washington caused four combined sewer overflow outfalls discharging about 1.3 million gallons of a mixture of stormwater and raw sewage into Port Angeles Harbor

Stimulus Spotlight
The city of Chicago, whose credit ranking has been cut by Fitch Ratings twice in less than three months, is borrowing $487 million, including $423 million in taxable Build America Bonds, to improve and expand the city’s water system.

Sewer Rate News
Belvidere, Pennsylvania
Gulf Breeze, Florida
Lowell, Massachusetts
Milton, West Virginia

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