December 2, 2010

Thursday’s Water News: Fort Wayne to Invest $1 Million to Reduce Sewer Overflows

Posted in California, Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Ohio at 8:44 pm by bengann

Fort Wayne, Indiana plans to invest more than $1 million to reduce sewer overflows and street flooding.  It will in part install 6,360 feet of storm sewers. The project is required as part of the city’s $240 million federally mandated consent decree intended to reduce the amount of raw sewage that flows into area rivers during heavy rains.

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Construction has been approved in Cuyahoga County, Ohio for a new $2.7 billion underground sewer system to halt the dumping of raw sewage into area waterways. The district was ordered by the federal government to stop dumping sewage or face hefty fines. Cuyahoga County residents will foot the bill with an increase in sewer rates.

One of Boston’s busiest shopping streets was also its wettest today after a water main break sprayed water down the and caused a three foot-by-three foot sinkhole.

Stimulus Spotlight
Evansville, Indiana has completed the sale of nearly $27.4 million in Build America Bonds to finance the construction of a variety of sewer projects mostly aimed at preventing flooding on the city’s Southeast Side.

The EPA has presented a 2010 Environmental Achievement Award to the city of Hermosa Beach, California for its contribution to protect the beaches from pollutants and save water. As part of the project, the city installed an innovative infiltration-storm drain system that captures trash, storm water and urban runoff from a 36-acre drainage area before it can pollute ocean waters. Part of the project was funded through the economic stimulus.

Sewer Rate News
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