March 15, 2011

Tuesday’s Water News: East Bay Cities Agree to Speed Sewer Improvements

Posted in California, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Texas, Washington at 8:41 pm by bengann

Top Story
In California, East Bay cities will speed sewer system improvements under an agreement that is the latest in a decades-long drive to slow the flow of raw sewage into San Francisco Bay. This season alone, nearly 125 million gallons of diluted sewage poured into the bay from overflow structures in Richmond and Oakland. Under the order the municipalities will do more monitoring, maintenance and reporting to better target the worst problems.

Other Headlines
An overflowing sewer prompted the closure of a street in Tacoma, Washington today. The cause of the overflow is unknown but officials said the sewer lines in that area were installed in 1906.

Nearly 4.7 million gallons of untreated but diluted wastewater overflowed from Baltimore city sewer lines during last Thursday’s downpour, spilling down city streets and flooding the lower level of the Penn Station parking garage.

After 33 years of discussion and false starts, the Board of Supervisors in San Luis Obispo County, California have formally committed the county to building a $189 million sewer treatment plant and collection system in Los Osos.

A sewer line in Bayonne, New Jersey became clogged and then collapsed this morning, prompting municipal workers to pump out the stuck sewage and put it down another manhole.

Water and Sewer Rate News
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