February 10, 2011

Thursday’s Water News: NYC Completes Wastewater Treatment Upgrades at Cost of $7.4M

Posted in California, Illinois, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Wisconsin at 6:34 pm by bengann

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New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection has completed work on wastewater treatment plants in the Upstate communities of Grahamsville and Margaretville at a cost of $7.4 million. The improvements will help New York City continue to supply its water without having to filter it first.  All five of the city-owned wastewater treatment plants in the upstate area now use the ultraviolet disinfection process. New York City has invested $1.5 billion in watershed protection programs since 1997.

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A broken sewer line is the suspected cause of the failure of a main pump station that flooded a few basements in Warwick, Rhode Island and has crews working around the clock to fix the problem. With the sewer lines so deep in the ground, the repair work will probably take at least a couple of days.

Water and sewer bills in Swansea, Wisconsin — a town of 600 people — is on its way up, with possible 30- to 40-percent increases because the town had to borrow $3 million to make immediate repairs to the system.

A new UV disinfection system at Galt, California’s wastewater treatment plant is part of $16.6 million in improvements the city finished this month to meet state requirements. The equipment provides another step of cleaning for the water that travels from the city’s toilets to the plant and then into rivers or onto farmland.

Residents in a Oklahoma City neighborhood reported water shortages yesterday after a series of water main breaks in the area.

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