April 13, 2011

Wednesday’s Water News: Broken Water Main in Bethlehem (Penn.) Causes Major Disruption

Posted in California, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Wisconsin at 10:55 pm by bengann

Top Story
A resident in Swissvale, Pennsylvania says she just wants the road back to normal after a water main break has left it torn apart for months. The street has been torn apart since the water main break initially occurred around Thanksgiving.

Other Headlines
The city of Welch, West Virginia’s wastewater treatment plant will soon be getting an upgrade in order to process more water and prevent dumping into local streams and creeks.

Gibbsboro, New Jersey has been awarded more than $2 million in funding to replace and renovate sewer lines. USDA has awarded the municipality a $175,000 grant and a $450,000 low-interest loan for the effort. An additional $1.39 million loan from the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund will fund the balance of the project.

The company that constructed the Gatlinburg (Tenn.) Wastewater Sewage Plant basin that failed last week apparently did not follow exact design specifications, a forensic engineer said Monday. When the basin failed the morning of April 5 after a night of heavy rain, two Veolia Water North America employees were killed and more than 2 million gallons of untreated sewage poured into the nearby West Prong of the Little Pigeon River.

In Hamilton, Ohio, the start of a 30-month upgrade to the LeSourdsville Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant is now underway in earnest. The plant will undergo a $41.7 million upgrade and expansion, the first since the $14 million expansion in 1994.

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