January 11, 2011

Tuesday’s Water News: Water Main Break Floods Philadelphia Neighborhood

Posted in California, Illinois, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin at 7:51 pm by bengann

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A broken water main poured about 8 million gallons of water into the streets of a north Philadelphia neighborhood today. Residents in the area near the break are now dealing with flooded cars and basements. A crater now sits where the break occurred and several square blocks are waterlogged and covered in mud.

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Residents in Bend, Oregon could soon see hikes in their water and sewer rates to pay for a plan over the next five years to allocate more than $200 million to upgrade city’s water and sewage system. The city says the improvements are necessary because water quality will fall out of compliance with state law without those improvements.

Construction for a sewer project in Pamplin City, Virginia is expected to be completed by April. The sewer system is being installed to replace poor performing septic tanks. To finance the project, the town received a $225,000 block grant from Rural Development along with another $1.2 million grant and $581,000 in loan money.

A follow-up to a story from yesterday, although contractors have plugged a leak that spewed an estimated 42 million gallons of raw sewage into a river in the Apple Valley (Calif.) area after December’s heavy storms damaged the sewage line. But it may be several months to a year before the main sewage line serving the high desert is back online. It has cost $3 million so far to bypass the sewage lines, but a more permanent solution could end up costing between $6 million and $20 million.

A boil alert is in effect for the city of Campbell, Ohio after a water main break leaked 750,000 gallons of water. Much of the city was without water while crews fixed the lines which were repaired this afternoon.

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