November 16, 2010

Tuesday’s Water News: 275 Residents and Businesses Without Water in Miamisburg, Ohio

Posted in Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Ohio at 9:58 pm by bengann

A main break early this morning in Miamisburg, Ohio resulted in the loss of water service for approximately 275 residents and businesses. A boil water advisory was issued for residents and businesses in the affected area for 24 hours.

Alderman in Holts Summit, Missouri have decided to place a $7 million bond referendum on its April 2011 city election ballot which would build a new wastewater treatment plant capable of handing 600,000 gallons of wastewater a day. The plant would add sewer service to five new areas.

An elderly resident in Kennesaw, Georgia has demanded action from Cobb County after her basement was flooded with raw sewage last month. A county owned sewer line backed up and caused thousands of dollars in damage and the homeowner says the county is coming up short.

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The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has awarded $22 million in Build America Bonds to Bossier City which will go towards replacing the headworks at a wastewater treatment facility that went offline last summer

A $180 million revenue refunding bond issue for Gwinnett County, Georgia’s Water and Sewerage Authority was pulled after the county on Tuesday rejected all the bids it received due to market volatility. A rush to sell Build America Bonds before the program expires at the end of the year has flooded the market with supply and overwhelmed demand.

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DeKalb County, Georgia
Fort Smith, Arkansas
Holyoke, Massachusetts
Toledo, Ohio


November 10, 2010

Wednesday’s Water News: Aging Infrastructure Causes Water Main Break in Hoboken, N.J.

Posted in Arkansas, California, Minnesota, New Jersey, Ohio, South Dakota, Virginia, West Virginia at 8:59 pm by bengann

The latest water main break in Hoboken, New Jersey is the result of aging infrastructure.  In the wake of a water main break, work crews have drilled a 20 foot by 20 foot hole in the middle of a street to access the ruptured 12-inch water main. This is the third water main break in the city of 38,000 since October. 

The Town of Brookneal, Virginia is helping a family whose home was flooded with 18 inches of sewage and water from a storm sewer overflow on September 30. The sewer overflow occurred after five inches of rain.

In Avon Lake, Ohio, the next phase of the multi-million-dollar sewer separation and waterline projects will begin next year. Due to Ohio EPA regulations, the city has a series of projects that must be completed by 2020.

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In California, the Santa Clara Valley Water District and the San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant have broken ground on a new water treatment facility that will produce up to 10 million gallons of highly purified water per day. $8.25 million from the economic stimulus is being provided for the project with another $32 million coming from the water district.

Of the $3 million the city of Yankton, South Dakota invested in water infrastructure this year, it will see a  modest $57,400 in principal loan forgiveness from the economic stimulus for two water tower projects.

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Caledonia, Minnesota
Clarksburg, West Virginia
Fort Smith, Arkansas
Reynoldsburg, Ohio

October 20, 2010

Wednesday’s Water News: $1.4M Grant from HHS to Improve Water, Sewer Systems in Rural Arkansas

Posted in Arkansas, Indiana, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee at 10:25 pm by bengann

The federal government is awarding more than $1.4 million for water and sewer infrastructure upgrades in parts of rural Arkansas. The grant from the Department of Health and Human Services will help small towns and rural communities in the state improve water systems and handle waste-disposal problems and needs.

After a lift station in Sioux Falls, South Dakota failed three times this summer and was forced to discharge sewage into the Big Sioux River, the city’s Wastewater Superintendent is asking the City Council to move up a project that would make the pipe coming out of the lift station bigger thereby eliminating any discharge .

Workers finished repairing a water main break today in Concord, North Carolina but the incident forced the closure of an elementary school and delayed surgeries at a nearby hospital. A street damaged by the water main break will remain closed for at least a week as repairs are made.

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Residents of a 214-home neighborhood in Calverton, New York, who have lived for years with drinking water tinged brownish by its high iron content, got a scare last week when it seemed they might lose almost $2 million in federal stimulus to bring in public water. Fortunately for the hamlet, the situation has been resolved and will now receive stimulus funding for the project. The funding will bring jobs to the same region of the state for which the funds were designated, and improve public health for almost a thousand people.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s head of stimulus funding was full of praise yesterday after touring the City of Brockton’s sewer treatment plant, which has received $11 million in stimulus money for upgrades.

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Columbus, Ohio
Franklin, Tennessee
Greeneville, Tennessee
North Webster, Indiana

September 20, 2010

Monday’s Water News: $650 Million Needed to Fix Akron’s Sewer Overflows

Posted in Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri, National, Ohio, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin at 7:44 pm by bengann

The price tag for Akron, Ohio’s plan to curtail sewer overflows continues to climb. Federally mandated sewer improvements over the next 18 years now will cost $650 million, the city says in a new report. The city previously had estimated the work would cost more than $500 million.

A broken water main over the weekend has caused a flood of problems for the Central Virginia Training Center in Amherst County. They had no running water Sunday night, and Monday workers discovered millions of dollars in damage.

Investments in stormwater infrastructure are barely covering the most urgent needs of utilities, according to Black & Veatch’s eighth Stormwater Utility Survey.

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Three Arkansas water systems will receive a total of $19.9 million in federal stimulus funds, officials announced Monday. The Baxter-Marion Rural Water Association will receive $7.63 million, the city of Corning will receive $7.68 million and the Miller County Public Water Authority will receive $4.59 million.

The village of Rudolph, Wisconsin will get more than $2.3 million in stimulus funding to improve its wastewater treatment system.

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Columbia, Missouri
Madison, Alabama
Spokane, Washington

August 9, 2010

Monday’s Water News: Iowa Community Needs Up to $60 Million for Sewer Separation Project

Posted in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, Washington at 10:23 am by bengann

The West Hill sewer separation project in Muscatine, Iowa will take up to a dozen years to complete and will cost between $40 million and $60 million. Muscatine is one of 10 Iowa cities with combined sewer overflows and the EPA has given the city until the end of 2024 to complete the project.

The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments will receive a $308,000 state grant to help Detroit integrate green technologies into a combined sewer overflow system. The city is required by the state to capture and treat combined sewer overflow into waterways to meet water quality standards.

Water was restored to about 450 homes in Fort Worth, Texas early Monday after repairs were made to a water main line that broke early Sunday

Late last week, a ruptured water main turned into a a huge disruption when several downtown Los Angeles businesses were flooded and a street had to be shut down.

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Thanks to money from the economic stimulus, Olympic National Park in Washington is receiving $3 million dollars  for several projects including $810,529 to double the capacity of the sanitary sewer treatment system in the Hoh Rain Forest, which serves the campground, picnic area, visitors’ center and employee housing.

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Lewisville, Texas
Monette, Arkansas
New Riegel, Ohio
Somerton, Arizona

August 4, 2010

Wednesday’s Water News: Heavy Rains Cause 1,200 Gallons of Sewage a Minute to Spill in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Posted in Arkansas, California, Georgia, Missouri, New York, South Dakota, Texas at 1:29 pm by joepaul1

Heavy rains in Sioux Falls, South Dakota have caused 1,200 gallons of sewage per minute to pour into local Big Sioux River. Officials are scrambling to fix the leak and clean up the mess simultaneously. The problem arose after an overtaxed sewage system gave out.

Residents in Kansas City, Missouri are complaining about a sinkhole that has opened up at the intersection of 40th Street and Warwick Boulevard. The sinkhole is oozing with sewage and is giving off a pungent odor that bothers citizens.

The town council of Kingston, New York has agreed to pay $293,000 dollars to residents who were affected by a sewer main break in their town. The main broke and flooded the townspeople’s backyards and basements, causing damages.

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Thanks to the stimulus package, the town of Southport, New York is getting sewage service extended to other parts of town. The $1.25 million dollar grant is being funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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Tulare County, California
Los Altos, California
Steamboat City, Georgia
Dibol, Texas
Monette City, Arkansas

July 12, 2010

Monday’s Water News: U.S., Mexico Argue Over Sewage Spill Cleanup

Posted in Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Washington at 5:15 pm by egold24

Agencies continue to shirk responsibility for a sewage spill near the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego, California. Over 2.1 million gallons of Mexican sewage leaked into the Tijuana River Valley following a breakdown at several U.S. waste treatment facilities. Agencies have responded by dodging responsibility because of jurisdictional questions.

A pair of water main breaks in Fairfield County, Connecticut has disrupted service to about 1,000 customers in the towns of Westport, Fairfield, Weston and Wilton.

Officials in Rockville, Maryland have finally lifted a water restrictions for residents. After a 24-inch water main ruptured last week, the city asked residents to limit their water use, but on Friday another leak was discovered that continued the restriction through the weekend.

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Fort Smith, Arkansas has received $77 million in economic stimulus funding for new construction projects. Of this sum, $7.5 million has been allocated for laying 12.5 miles of new water piping that will improve service to over 29,000 residents.

In California, the Napa Sanitation district has received $7.3 million in economic stimulus funds to undertake water recycling projects throughout Napa Valley. The construction work must commence before September 30 or the funds will no longer be available.

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Evansville, Indiana
Prairieville, Louisiana
Seattle, Washington
Whittier, California

June 22, 2010

Tuesday’s Water News: Water Still Unsafe in Harrison, Arkansas

Posted in Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, Virginia at 1:39 pm by joepaul1

A break in the sewage system all the way back in January has still not been fixed in Harrison, Arkansas. Officials are worried that contaminated water may flow from nearby Mill Creek into the Buffalo River. A lack of funding is blamed for the delay in repairs.

Residents in Lynchburg, Virginia are dealing with raw sewage spills in their backyards. This problem has been going on for months and officials are investigating. It remains unknown how extensive the spills are and what effect they are having on local drinking water.

Another sewage spill has hit Kansas City, Missouri with 95,000 gallons of raw sewage pouring into Kernodle Lake after a sewer line break. Officials are required to give an extensive report on the damage done to the water within five days.

Heavy rains in Richmond, Indiana have caused sewage and wastewater spills. The sewage flowed into the East fork of the nearby Whitewater River. Residents have been advised to avoid contact with the water for 72 hours.

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Thanks to the stimulus package, Port Richmond, New York’s sewage treatment plant will get a $29 million upgrade. It is being funded with tax-free bonds included in the economic stimulus package.

Water users in Shaftsbury, Vermont are expected to save approximately $1,000 each over the next 20 years in paying off a bond used to upgrade water lines after the town was approved to receive $217,000 in federal stimulus money to pay off more than half of the $425,000 bond administered through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.

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Conyngham, Pennsylvania
Houston, Texas
Olanta, North Carolina
Toccoa, Georgia

June 14, 2010

Monday’s Water News: Louisville Deals With Mounting Sewer Debt

Posted in Arkansas, California, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Vermont, Virginia at 4:57 pm by egold24

As the Metropolitan Sewer District debt in Louisville, Kentucky builds, residents are beginning to feel the pinch. The Metropolitan Sewer District maintains the highest level of debt it has ever sustained. There appears to be more trouble on the horizon due to a court-imposed rehabilitation program with an $850 million price tag.

Nearly all of the Eastwood community in Syracuse, New York has been restored with adequate water pressure. An official claimed workers were able to restore the neighborhood with decent water pressure after they freed a valve that failed to respond correctly to a broken water main.

Mandated upgrades of wastewater treatment plants are affecting Portsmouth, Maine. These upgrades are designed to reduce the amount of nitrogen in the water and concomitantly the amount of nitrogen in the Great Bay Estuary into which the water flows.

A water main break early this morning in Alexandria, Virginia caused a sinkhole to form near a busy intersection this morning.

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In Arkansas, construction is set to begin in November on a project 60 years in the making. U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln announced that $37 million in federal funds are available for two high-volume pump stations at the heart of the Bayou Meto Water Management Project. These funds, derived from the American Recovery and Restoration Act, are essential to beginning the project, but more funds will be needed to see it through.

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Boston, Massachusetts
Las Gallinas, California
Montpelier, Vermont
Morganton, North Carolina

April 23, 2010

Friday’s Water News: Ohio Community Receives CDBG Funds for Wastewater Treatment Plant

Posted in Arkansas, Florida, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia at 12:31 pm by bengann

Federal funds will soon be coming to Ohio City, Ohio to build a new wastewater treatment plant. $500,000 from the Community Development Block Grant will pick up 20 percent of the approximately $2.5 million cost to complete construction of the project. The rest of the cost will be paid for by village residents by securing a low-interest loan for the outstanding amount which will then be repaid with a sewer surcharge on their monthly bills.

A precautionary boil water advisory was issued last night for 225 residents in a Sarasota County, Florida apartment complex after a 2-inch water main break.

Officials in Anderson County, South Carolina must figure out a way to address a $1.3 million in its sewer fund.

In Ohio, Gallia County has reached an agreement with the City of Gallipolis for both phases of the Green Township sewer project has been reached. Phase one of the project will not begin until 2012.

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North Little Rock, Arkansas will receive $2.8 million from the economic stimulus to install sewer lines for 300 residents currently using septic tanks for wastewater disposal. In addition to the stimulus funding, the USDA is providing a $1 million grant to fund the project.

$8.9 million from the USDA by way of the economic stimulus will allow West Carroll Township, Pennsylvania to build a new water treatment system. The project will include a new plant to replace two obsolete plants, 3 miles of new and replacement pipelines and an intake system to improve water quality and pressure.

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Exeter, New Hampshire
King County, Washington
Staunton, Virginia

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