January 24, 2011

Monday’s Water News: Water Main Break Snarls Traffic on Capital Beltway

Posted in Arizona, California, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania at 5:05 pm by bengann

Top Story
A water main break iced over part of the Capital Beltway in Prince George’s County, Maryland just outside of Washington, D.C., snarling Monday morning traffic and swamping parked cars. A rupture in a 54-inch main caused 50 million gallons of water to spill and has led to a boil water advisory for 400,000 residents. At the center of the water main break, vehicles were thrown into the air and came down on their roofs, and asphalt crashed through the windows of a nearby business. 

Other Headlines
The number of sewer overflows at the Michigan City Sanitary District (Indiana) appears to have tripled since a EPA raid last summer. According to reports filed after the raid, overflows may have contributed to high bacteria levels in Lake Michigan during last year’s beach season. And several times, overflows flooded residents’ basements even though it hadn’t rained — an indication of improper maintenance at the district.

This summer Scottsdale, Arizona will upgrade its existing water and sewer systems to address growth in the city’s downtown.

The village of Woodville, Ohio will soon begin the first phase of a long-awaited sewer separation project. The project includes three phases and should be completed sometime in 2012.

A leaky pipe beneath a New York City street encased a parked car in ice and caused the pavement to sink in over the weekend.

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