January 17, 2011

Monday’s Water News: 50,000 Customers Have Service Disrupted After Water Main Break

Posted in California, Illinois, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia at 11:46 pm by bengann

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Water is flowing freely again in Fayetteville, North Carolina after a 48 inch water main rupture led to a three-day long boil water advisory. The Public Works Commission says 50,000 customers had little or no water when the break happened.

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In California, some Fresno County families are finally seeing floodwaters recede as crews turn on the pumps to get the water out. Two houses were flooded, and several families were unable to get in and out of their homes due to flooding caused by the water main break.  

Lynchburg, Virginia estimates that it will cost the city $120 million in the next 15 years to reduce stormwater runoff that pollutes the Chesapeake Bay.

Despite spending more than $50 million on sewer and water projects in Berkshire County, Massachusetts over the past five years, tens of millions more will be needed in the years ahead to maintain the area’s water and sewer systems.

The wait for a sewer system to be installed at a popular resort in Jackson County, Iowa continues, but local officials remain optimistic the project will be done by the end of the year. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has tagged it as the number two area statewide in need of a sewer upgrade.

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Allen, Texas
Cary, North Carolina
Eureka, California
Stookey Township, Illinois

January 14, 2011

Friday’s Water News: New York Community Plans $5.6 Million in Improvements Over Next 8 Years

Posted in Connecticut, Hawaii, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, West Virginia at 7:56 pm by bengann

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The City Council in Ogdensburg, New York has agreed on a plan to make $5.6 million in improvements over the next eight years to its wastewater collection system so it will comply with federal and state regulations.  The goal of the plan is to capture 90 percent of the runoff-induced combined sewage overflow, 5 percent higher than the minimum required by state and federal guidelines.

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In Honolulu, Hawaii, heavy rains caused tens of thousands of gallons of untreated wastewater into Kawa Stream.

Macomb County, Michigan wants the city of Detroit to repay $2.8 million doled out to an indicted contractor for work on a broken sewer line.

Voters in Kent, Connecticut have approved an application for funding of $1.1 million in sewer construction. The funding will come from the USDA and include a $287,000 grant and $862,000 loan at 3 percent interest.

 A water main break in Zanesville, Ohio has been repaired after affecting two houses overnight.

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Clarksdale, Mississippi
Elmira, New York
Kenova, West Virginia
Toledo, Ohio

January 13, 2011

Thursday’s Water News: Tennessee Community Set to Expand Wastewater Treatment Capacity

Posted in Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee at 6:02 pm by bengann

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A long-awaited expansion to the sewer plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee could get started this spring, giving the city a chance to catch up with a decade that pushed the facility’s limits. The expansion would more than double the plant’s treatment capacity, from 2 million gallons a day to 5 million. Over the past 10 years the city’s population has grown from 7,000 to 32,000.

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Lemont, Illinois is using $80,000 from a Community Development Block Grant to replace 300 feet of existing six-inch water mains on Stephen Street with new 10-inch pipes.

Two water main breaks overnight in Nashville, Tennessee caused some problems for motorists this morning because of the freezing temperatures.

Officials in Manchester, Connecticut have approved spending $60 million to update its wastewater treatment system to meet federal clean-water standards. The town is to receive a state grant covering 21.6 percent of the overall cost.

A break in a 16-inch main water line shut off water to the city of Dewey, Oklahoma today, forcing officials to cancel school classes and causing a rush to grocery stores for residents seeking water.

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Auxvasse, Missouri
Millersport, Ohio
Montgomery County, Maryland
Willmar, Minnesota

January 12, 2011

Wednesday’s Water News: Indiana Community Receives $1.4 Million Grant for Sewer Upgrades

Posted in Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia at 8:20 pm by bengann

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Crothersville, Indiana has received a $1.4 million grant to make improvements to the city’s sewer system. The money will be used inconjunction with a loan from USDA to complete the $3.5 million sewer project.

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Bullard, Texas is about to begin a $1.6 million expansion of its sewer plant. The expansion will ensure that the sewer plant can sustain continued growth.

According to a recent study, the growing population in Amity Township, Pennsylvania will force the municipality to spend $9.7 million by 2020 to expand its wastewater treatment plant.

Two major water main breaks led to some wet driving conditions early Wednesday morning in the downtown area of Dallas, Texas.

Students at a magnet middle school in Little Rock, Arkansas were sent home early today following a water main break near the school that shut off water service.

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Altoona, Iowa
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Middlebourne, West Virginia
West Point, Mississippi

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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Front Royal, Virginia
Howard, Wisconsin
Plymouth, Illinois
Sierra Madre, California

January 10, 2011

Monday’s Water News: Sioux Falls Receives $28.6 Million for Water and Sewer Projects

Posted in Alabama, California, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Pennsylvania, South Dakota at 8:19 pm by bengann

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The South Dakota Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved $34.4 million for environmental projects throughout the state, including $28.6 million in low-interest loans for the city of Sioux Falls to upgrade its water and sewer systems. The loans for Sioux Falls – $4 million for drinking water and $24.6 million for wastewater system improvements – will pay for six different projects.

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As much as 42 million gallons of raw sewage has spilled into the Mojave River near Apple Valley, California since storm-related debris dislodged a pipe Dec. 26, raising concerns over public health and the week-long delay in notifying potentially affected residents. The majority of the leak was halted Saturday, after teams of contractors that had been working around the clock for days were able to bypass the damaged pipeline

Officials in O’Hara, Township, Pennsylvania are pushing for a new $3.5 million sewer project. On the books for years, the project would bring sewer service to properties that still rely on septic systems — many of which are failing. The township would like to secure grants to help cover costs of the sewer project.

Construction is set to begin soon on a $3.1 million project in Topeka, Kansas to provide water and sewer service to a new business park. Local officials are providing utility service to the commerce park as part of efforts to make its publicly owned land viable to serve as a free incentive for companies interested in setting up new operations there.

In San Diego area, 26 sewage spills leaked more than 8 million gallons into local waterways from Dec. 21 through Dec. 28, according to numbers released Friday by the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board. The spills were linked to storms that deluged the region, causing mudslides, traffic accidents and sewer overflows.

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Coralville, Iowa
Houston, Missouri
Littleville, Alabama
Summerset, South Dakota

January 7, 2011

Friday’s Water News: Evansville (Ind.) Agrees with Justice Department on $500M Sewer Overhaul

Posted in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Oregon at 8:05 pm by bengann

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The Department of Justice and city of Evansville, Indiana has agreed to a sewer system overhaul that could cost more than $500 million. Evansville’s sewer system has a history of maintenance and system capacity problems that result in it being overwhelmed by rainfall, causing it to discharge untreated sewage combined with storm water into the Ohio River.

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In Oregon, the city of Lake Oswego is still on track to finish overhauling the city’s more than 40-year-old sewer line by late spring.

In California, the Rubidoux Community Services District used $13 million in federal disaster funds to build new sewer facilities. The good news is the new lines, and two new pump stations, had their first big test in the December rainstorms and performed as expected.

A water main break on Route 74 in Vernon, Connecticut is still causing trouble after it broke for a second time within 36 hours. About 40 homes have been affected by the water main break.

City officials in Arcadia, California were still trying to determine yesterday what triggered a break in a water main that sent a torrent gushing down the road leaving about 50 homes in the neighborhood without water.

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Canyon Lake, Arizona
Detroit, Michigan
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Thomaston, Georgia

January 6, 2011

Thursday’s Water News: FEMA to Pay $350 Million to Fix Biloxi, Mississippi’s Water and Sewer ines

Posted in California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania at 4:40 pm by bengann

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In the next couple of months, more than a million feet of sewer and water lines will get a major overhaul in Biloxi, Mississippi. FEMA is footing the nearly $350 million bill to repair existing lines, including storm drains damaged during Hurricane Katrina.

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In Georgia, DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis says 1,300 jobs will be created by the county’s water and sewer upgrades.

A water main first installed in 1924 broke in front of a Santa Cruz, California condominium complex causing flooding today. A couple of vehicles near the water main were damaged by rocks that were shot from the geyser of water when the pipe burst.

EPA is investigating two wastewater spills that occurred in Marin County, California last month which released an estimated at 2.6 million gallons. The spills were a mixture of sewage and rainwater. EPA is investigating the cause of the spills, the district’s response, and construction practices.

The city of Bonners Ferry, Idaho has agreed to pay a $12,300 penalty to EPA for alleged violations of clean water rules caused by discharges from its water treatment plant. To remedy the problems, plant officials have reduced inflow and infiltration into the collection system and removed sludge buildup collected in sewage lagoons.

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Cedaredge, Colorado
New Baltimore, New York
Sorrento, Louisiana
West Pottsgrove Township, Pennsylvania

January 5, 2011

Wednesday’s Water News: St. Joseph, Missouri Looking at $105 Million Sewer Bond Issuance

Posted in Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Virginia at 10:55 pm by bengann

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The City Council in St. Joseph, Missouri is hoping to convince residents over the next for months of the need to approve a $105 million sewer bond issuance on the April 5 ballot. The city would use the funds for projects related to its combined sewer overflow issues and  the amount of ammonia and other chemicals the system discharges  into the Missouri River.

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The town of Manchester, Connecticut is facing a proposed $57- to $60 million upgrade to the wastewater treatment system. The project is being driven by federal regulations mandating reductions of nitrogen and phosphorous in treated water.

Some residents in Mount Vernon, Illinois will soon be seeing some flooding reduction on roadways and on property as the city finalizes plans for a storm sewer project.

An apparent leak in a 42-inch water main in York County, Virginia where it crosses the Colonial Parkway could take more than a month to repair, leaving a marked detour in place for the time being.

A section of Highway 60 westbound in Faribault, Minnesota was closed today due to a water main break in the area.

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Avon Lake, Ohio
Phoenix, Arizona
Rocky Mount, Virginia
Webster County, Kentucky

January 4, 2011

Tuesday’s Water News: California Community Works to Bypass Damaged Sewer System

Posted in California, Georgia, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Wisconsin at 8:57 pm by bengann

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More than 15 contractors have been at work around the clock for days in Apple Valley, California to bypass a crucial section of the local sewer system that was damaged in recent storms, as wastewater continued seeping into the Mojave River sand bar and threatened to contaminate dozens of nearby private wells.  The repair effort is expected to cost up to $15 million.

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The city of Grand Island, Nebraska is again considering a $2 million-plus sewer line extension as a potential way to boost sewer revenues and extend city growth. Instead of investing in a private septic system that is only a short-term solution, it may make more sense to extend city sewer lines, which would also require boring underneath the Platte River and Interstate 80.

The village of Sabina and the Ohio EPA have reached an agreement that’s meant to help the town meet its obligations under the Clean Water Act and eliminate sanitary sewer overflows by the summer of 2013. As part of the agreement the village will complete a relief sewer, wastewater treatment plant improvements and infrastructure improvements involving a school pump station and force main.

Members of the Board of Selectmen in Hampton, New Hampshire are considering a ballot measure later this year asking voters to approve $1.385 million bonding  for upgrades to the town’s wastewater treatment plant.

Students at an elementary school in Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico were sent home early today because of a water main break .

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Carrollton, Georgia
San Diego, California
Suamico, Wisconsin
Trumbull County, Ohio

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