May 17, 2011

Tuesday’s Water News: Wall at Treatment Plant Collapses Causing a 600,000 Gallon Sewage Spill

Posted in Alabama, California, DC, Illinois, Missouri, New York at 6:52 pm by bengann

Top Story
Nearly 600,000 gallons of partially treated sewage was released after a 15-foot-high, 100-foot-long concrete wall collapsed at a wastewater treatment plant in Binghamton, New York. Much of the escaped sludge poured into Fuller Hollow Creek, a tributary to the Susquehanna River located just feet from the wall. The plant serves 10 municipalities and Binghamton University.

Other Headlines
In Washington, D.C., officials broke ground today on an expansion of the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant. The to $1.4 billion, three-year effort to reduce pollution is just the latest step for DC Water. In the fall, they plan to start work on a $2.6 billion effort to reduce sewage overflows by updating sewers built before the Civil War.

A new $404 million Combined Sewer Overflow Facility in Brooklyn, New York will prevent up to 50 million gallons of combined sewer overflows during heavy rain from being discharged into Paerdegat Basin, a 1.25 mile channel that is connected to Jamaica Bay.

The city of Morris, Illinois — as required by the Illinois EPA — will spend about $5.8 million in Tax Increment Financing funds and Water and Sewer funds on a long-term control plan to eliminate any overflow from sanitary sewers.

A $2 billion overhaul project to improve the Kansas City’s aging sewer system got under way on Monday. The project is anticipated to take more than a year to complete, and is the first project of its kind to be tested. City officials said the cost of the project will be shared with residents through increased sewer rates.

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