December 17, 2010

Friday’s Water News: Pittsburgh Area Road Reopens After Water Main Breaks

Posted in Illinois, National, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, West Virginia at 7:35 pm by bengann

Five water mains broke this morning in various parts of Pittsburgh’s Northern suburbs (known as North Hills), including one that closed a major road and delayed the opening of a shopping mall for about an hour-and-a-half on a bustling shopping day. The closing of the major road meant no one could use the two ramps leading to the shopping mall or gain access to other businesses on the road.

Headlines
The Weirton Sanitary Board and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection are about 16 months apart on their timelines for a major overhaul to the city’s aging sewer system. The massive upgrade is the result of a March discovery that 7 to 8 percent of the city’s untreated sewage had been flowing into the Ohio River through an outfall.

In Oregon, Clackamas County commissioners have unanimously approved a $3.2 million contract to install the second phase of a public sanitary sewer system in the North Clackamas Revitalization Area. The project is funded through a loan from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s clean water state revolving fund. The project was also awarded $4 million federal stimulus money, which helped pay for the first phase of construction.

Stimulus Spotlight
House members on Thursday night voted 277 to 148 to approve an $858 billion tax package that contains few bond-related provisions and no extension of the Build America Bond program, which was included in the economic stimulus and helped finance infrastructure construction–including for water and sewer systems. The bill was signed into law today by President Obama.

Incoming House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) plans to introduce a “reincarnation” of the Build America Bond program in the next Congress set to expire at the end of the year.

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