November 11, 2010

Thursday’s Water News: Pennsylvania Community Awarded $8.3 Million Loan for Sewer Project

Posted in Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina at 6:49 pm by bengann

Pocono Township, Pennsylvania will receive a low-interest loan of $8.3 million from the state to help complete its $70 million sewer extension project. The township had applied for a loan of more than $38 million, the approximate cost to complete the project. Township officials say they’ll look into different financing options to cover the remainder of the cost. That could include grants or other loans.

In Nebraska, the Omaha Public Schools canceled classes today at an elementary school after a water-main break in the neighborhood left the school — and its 1,200 students — temporarily without running water.

The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District is moving forward on a project to install a new storm sewer at a cost of $1.1 million. The new storm sewer will replace an existing one that has become deteriorated.

In South Carolina, the Charleston City Council has approved the Charleston Water System’s plan to borrow up to $155 million — an amount greater than the city’s annual budget — for construction projects that already have prompted a rate increase. Some of the borrowing is actually a refinancing of existing debt that will save Charleston Water System about $4 million in interest charges, while around two-thirds of the debt will finance new projects.

Construction is expected to be completed soon on a sanitary sewer project in Redwood Falls, Minnesota.

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Cedaredge, Colorado
Columbus, Ohio
Elgin, Illinois
Pickens, South Carolina

November 10, 2010

Wednesday’s Water News: Aging Infrastructure Causes Water Main Break in Hoboken, N.J.

Posted in Arkansas, California, Minnesota, New Jersey, Ohio, South Dakota, Virginia, West Virginia at 8:59 pm by bengann

The latest water main break in Hoboken, New Jersey is the result of aging infrastructure.  In the wake of a water main break, work crews have drilled a 20 foot by 20 foot hole in the middle of a street to access the ruptured 12-inch water main. This is the third water main break in the city of 38,000 since October. 

The Town of Brookneal, Virginia is helping a family whose home was flooded with 18 inches of sewage and water from a storm sewer overflow on September 30. The sewer overflow occurred after five inches of rain.

In Avon Lake, Ohio, the next phase of the multi-million-dollar sewer separation and waterline projects will begin next year. Due to Ohio EPA regulations, the city has a series of projects that must be completed by 2020.

Stimulus Spotlight
In California, the Santa Clara Valley Water District and the San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant have broken ground on a new water treatment facility that will produce up to 10 million gallons of highly purified water per day. $8.25 million from the economic stimulus is being provided for the project with another $32 million coming from the water district.

Of the $3 million the city of Yankton, South Dakota invested in water infrastructure this year, it will see a  modest $57,400 in principal loan forgiveness from the economic stimulus for two water tower projects.

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Caledonia, Minnesota
Clarksburg, West Virginia
Fort Smith, Arkansas
Reynoldsburg, Ohio

November 9, 2010

Tuesday’s Water News: Indianapolis Reaches Agreement to Modify Consent Decree

Posted in Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania at 6:28 pm by bengann

The Department of Justice, EPA, and the state of Indiana have reached an agreement with the city of Indianapolis on important modifications to a 2006 consent decree that will make Indianapolis’ sewer system more efficient, leading to major reductions in sewage contaminated water at a savings to the city of approximately $444 million. 

The final step of getting Lorain, Ohio’s sewer system in line with EPA orders is on track to begin next year. It will be starting a construction of a $46 million retention tunnel, next year and the project is expected to be completed in 2014.

The village of Naples, New York is reaching out to residents who may have to pay as much as $3,000 out-of-pocket to run sewer lines from their homes if a multi-million dollar project is approved by voters next week.

Utility crews in suburban St. Louis are repairing two water mains today after breaks early this morning caused major flooding and a mess for morning commuters. It is believed the breaks were caused because the pipes decayed after being installed 80 years ago.

Stimulus Spotlight
Village officials in Maple Park, Illinois have moved to claim $100,000 in economic stimulus money to upgrade a portion of its water delivery system. The money will fund a project estimated to cost $303,000.

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Barton, Pennsylvania
Chubbuck, Idaho
Cranford, New Jersey
Vermilion, Ohio

November 8, 2010

Monday’s Water News: EPA May Order Secondary Treatment of Wastewater in Gloucester, Mass.

Posted in Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Virginia at 10:02 pm by bengann

EPA is moving toward ordering the city of Gloucester, Massachusetts to join the rest of New England in putting its sewage through secondary or biological treatment, before expelling it into the Atlantic Ocean. The price tag to expand and modernize one of its sewer treatment plants if mandated would cost between $40-60 million.

Public Utility officials in Lynchburg, Virginia say the city has a plan to replace the water lines in the downtown area, but that process could take years to complete. The need for repair was highlighted again today after downtown Lynchburg saw a significant water main break for the second time in less than a month. Water lines are sensitive to cold temperatures, and the expectation is more water main breaks will occur with winter right around the corner.

Planning is now underway for a $244 million, 1.2-mile tunnel system, pump station and enhanced high-rate treatment facility in Cincinnati, Ohio, that will reduce the mixture of sewage and stormwater that enters local waterways.

Stimulus Spotlight
The village of Hampshire, Illinois has approved an agreement with Kane County to borrow money through the federal stimulus fund program to connect water distribution systems.The village will receive up to $550,000 in federal funds through the county for the work. The payback period will be 10 years, with a low interest rate of 3 percent or less.

Construction is continuing on an $11 million water and sewer line replacement project in Laurel, Mississippi. The project is being funded in part with $1.8 million “principal forgiveness” loans from the economic stimulus. 

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Keokuk, Iowa
Muskegon Township, Michigan
Salem, Oregon
Wilmington, North Carolina

November 5, 2010

Friday’s Water News: Mississippi Community to Build New $2.4 Million Water Tower

Posted in California, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia at 5:13 pm by bengann

Officials in Hernando, Mississippi have agreed to build a new $2.4 million, 130-foot-tall tower along Interstate 55 which will store a half-million gallons of water. The city is borrowing the money from the state of Mississippi to pay for the project.

Residents in parts of Rochester, Michigan were under an advisory today to boil tap water before using it because of a water main break that’s led to low water pressure. The boil water alert will remain effect until at least Sunday morning.

In, Tennessee, the Murfreesboro City Council has approved $1.6 million in contracts for water and sewer construction work to begin.  

Stimulus Spotlight
The Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District, has awarded a $9.1 million contract to begin rehabilitation of sewer mains and smaller connecting sewers. The project is designed to eliminate or control related sewer overflows that affect both the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County. The project is being partially funded by the economic stimulus. 

The city of Metolius, Oregon has been awarded $191,000 in federal money to improve the wastewater treatment plant. The funds, which come from the stimulus program, will help the city save money on the project.

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King George County, Virginia
Paso Robles, California
Penn Township, Pennsylvania
Petaluma, California

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.

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.

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Belvidere, Pennsylvania
Gulf Breeze, Florida
Lowell, Massachusetts
Milton, West Virginia

November 3, 2010

Wednesday’s Water News: National Park in Utah Proposes Sewer Upgrade

Posted in Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Utah, Virginia at 7:56 pm by bengann

Southern Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park sewer system is failing is about to receive major improvements. The Park Service wants to replace pipes that were installed 52 years ago for the park’s lodge, staff housing and visitors’ center. The pipes are crumbling and clogged, backing up sewage that leaks out of manholes and spills onto the ground.

On Election Day,  voters in Jefferson City, Missouri passed a seven-year $35 million sewer bond issue. The money will fund the second phase of a master plan to improve the city’s sewer system. $28 million will go toward sewer collection system projects and the city will use the other $7 million for treatment system projects. The upgrades and repairs are needed for the city to comply with state environmental standards.

Residents in parts of Whitesboro, New York are being advised to boil their water following a water main break in the Village.

Contractors have finished construction of a $1.7 million sewer project in downtown Staunton, Virginia. The new sewer system will be easier to maintain, better able to handle future growth, and no longer runs through a downtown stream.

Stimulus Spotlight
The village board in Burlington, Illinois this week unanimously approved an agreement with Kane County to borrow money through the federal stimulus program to replace a water main.

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Hudson, Ohio
Marion, Kansas
Peachtree City, Georgia
Saratoga County, New York

November 2, 2010

Tuesday’s Water News: Idaho Community Benefits from State Grant for Water Infrastructure

Posted in California, DC, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania at 6:45 pm by bengann

The city of Burley, Idaho will install new water, sewer and stormwater systems for a new potato dehydration plant at the city’s industrial park, thanks to a $499,000 state grant. The infrastructure will allow the Oregon Potato Co. to open a new plant which will bring 50 new jobs to the area, providing opportunities for people to find a better job or just get back to work.

A burst sewer pipe today in Burbank, California  sent sewage down curbsides and caused public works employees from both Burbank and Los Angeles County to work to divert the spill away from the storm drains.

A water main break on Pennsylvania Avenue in the Foggy Bottom area of Washington, D.C. created a traffic headache for drivers this morning after the water damaged the road.

In Florida, the St. Johns County utility department issued a precautionary boil water notice for portions of the county after a water main break disrupted service to over 200 homes.

Stimulus Spotlight
The City Council in Austin, Minnesota has approved issuing $2.88 million in Build America Bonds to pay for a new sewer system.  

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Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
Crawfordsville, Indiana
Folkston, Georgia
Heath, Ohio

November 1, 2010

Monday’s Water News: 4.1 Million Gallon Sewage Spill in Louisville, Kentucky

Posted in Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington at 5:41 pm by bengann

The Metropolitan Sewer District in Louisville, Kentucky estimates 4.1 million gallons of sewage spilled into the Ohio River because of a gate failure at a pump station. Sewage discharged for about 11 hours from an overflow point in the Ohio River until the spill ceased.

A water main break closed a major road in Monongahela, Pennsylvania this morning. The break brought down part of a hillside in the area, as well as flooding the road.

The town of Plaistow, New Hampshire has finished construction of new water and sewer lines that they hope will attract new businesses  and jobs to the community. 

Stimulus Spotlight
Paulsboro, New Jersey is receiving more than $6 million — with $3.3 milion coming from the economic stimulus —  for a new water-treatment plant. The facility will serve almost 2,400 local households and more than 100 businesses. It also will provide infrastructure support to the planned Port of Paulsboro.

The City Council in Telluride, Colorado has agreed to issue $8 million in Build America Bonds to fund the construction of a new water treatment plant. The town should see more than $800,000 in interest savings as a result of the bond program.

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Blaine, Washington
Decatur, Illinois
Summit County, Ohio
Waynesboro, Pennsylvania

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