December 3, 2010

Friday’s Water News: Sinkhole Swallows Car After Water Main Break

Posted in Alaska, California, Illinois, Maryland, Mississippi, Virginia at 6:19 pm by bengann

A water main break this morning in Montgomery County, Maryland opened up a gaping 15-foot sinkhole that almost swallowed a car (pictured). The break follows other ruptures in nearby Northwest Washington, D.C. last week.

Construction of a new $25 million sewer plant in Willits, California is on schedule to complete by the end of 2011 despite a late construction start this fall. The city has been under a cease and desist order from the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board since 2001 requiring it to stop discharging a higher than authorized quantity of treated sewage into the area creeks.

The city of Gulfport, Mississippi will receive a $1 million federal grant to install sewer connections for 110 homes. The grant was awarded through the Coastal Impact Assistance Program and will be administered by the state.

Stimulus Spotlight
The city of Peru, Illinois is in the process of completing a big sewer project installing separate storm and sanitary sewers to alleviate flooding and pipe backups, and is being funded in part with $3 million in economic stimulus funds.

A $20 million stimulus project to expand Highway 58 in Abingdon, Virginia has included the relocation of existing water lines to accommodate the road widening. In addition, a separate, $26.2 million project is under way in Washington County, Virginia to expand a water plant. This project is funded with a stimulus loan, and will ultimately be paid for with money from water and sewer tap fees.

Sewer Rate News
Anchorage, Alaska
Lockport, Illinois


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