February 14, 2011

Monday’s Water News: President’s Budget Cuts Funding for Water and Wastewater Infrastructure

Posted in California, Massachusetts, Minnesota, National, New York, North Carolina at 9:23 pm by bengann

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President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2012 budget includes $2.5 billion –a decrease of $947 million — combined for the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRFs). The President’s budget includes $1.55 billion for the CWSRF and $990 million for the DWSRF. In 2010, the SRF programs — excluding  funding from ARRA — made available $8.8 billion in financing to local communities.

In other important news on federal spending for environmental infrastructure, the House Committee on Appropriations has introduced a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the federal government for the last seven months of the fiscal year. The proposed CR has bad news for the SRF programs which would receive a cut of $1.967  billion from the current levels in the CR.

Other Headlines
Clean-up efforts are continuing in an area of northeast Minneapolis after a major water main break flooded basements of homes and businesses. A large sinkhole developed where the main broke and 28 homes and two businesses remain without water service.

A water main break has been fixed in Asheville, North Carolina. Earlier today a major 36-inch main broke disrupting water service to most of the city.

Some residents in Richmond, New York are being asked to boil water before drinking it, following a weekend water main break. The break caused a loss in water pressure, which can allow contaminants like E.coli to enter the system.

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