July 22, 2011

Friday’s Water News: Kane County (Ill.) Receives Disaster Aid for Storm Sewer and Drainage Projects

Posted in California, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Utah, West Virginia at 5:30 pm by bengann

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Kane County, Illinois has been awarded more than $2.27 million in federal disaster aid for five infrastructure projects aimed at alleviating chronic flooding. The projects—which will cost an estimated $5.3 million—are expected to create approximately 165 jobs and benefitsome 2,000 residents.

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The Montgomery County (Penn.) courthouse closed early today after a water main break on cut off water pressure to the building.

Nearly 70 homes on small lots in South Mills, North Carolina — many of which have had failing septic systems for decades — are on target to hook up to a public sewer system. The $1.6 million project is mostly funded through grants from the state’s Clean Water Management Trust Fund and the N.C. Rural Center.

A large sinkhole in Council Bluffs, Iowa started as a dip in the road and has just kept growing. The sinkhole is believed to have been caused by a collapsed sewer line.

In Hawaii, Maui community groups have sent Maui County a formal notice of their intent to sue the county for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act at the Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility (LWRF) into the nearshore waters of West Maui.

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Kingwood, West Virginia
Nipomo, California
Park City, Utah

July 20, 2011

Wednesday’s Water News: Penn. Governor Announces $99M for Water and Sewer Projects

Posted in California, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Texas at 11:45 pm by bengann

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Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett has announced the investment of $99 million in 27 non-point source, drinking water, and wastewater projects in 20 counties. Of the $99 million total, $73 million is for low-interest loans and $26 million is offered as grants. The funding comes from a combination of funds approved by voter referenda, federal grants to PENNVEST from the EPA and recycled loan repayments from previous PENNVEST funding awards.

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The southbound lanes of a major road in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Wheaton, Maryland will remain closed tomorrow morning because of a broken water main. 4 million gallons of water gushed from the main onto the street and the amount of water and the pressure of the flow was enough to crack pavement and flood several streets.

Twelve miles of aging water mains and more than a mile of old, frequently clogged sewer lines across Gwinett County, Georgia will be replaced. The water mains run through 15 subdivisions and along key sections of residential roads.

In Louisiana, Jefferson Parish officials are asking residents of Metairie to limit their sewer system usage as they work to fix a major main break. Lift stations in the community are being shut down for repair of the main.

Local health officials have closed the Inner Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro, California beach following contamination from a sewer line break.

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Carpentersville, Illinois
Honolulu, Hawaii
Lufkin, Texas
Waco, Georgia

June 14, 2011

Tuesday’s Water News: St. Louis Sewer District Considers Settling with Federal, State Regulators

Posted in Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Texas, Vermont, Virginia at 7:53 pm by bengann

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Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District officials are seriously considering a settlement in a lawsuit brought in 2007 by both the Federal government and state agencies over its massive violations of the Clean Water Act. The settlement would cost the district $4.7 billion in system upgrades over 23 years, and another $2.8 million in penalties. Such a settlement would also lead to substantial increases for residents in the district.

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Vermont’s commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation says almost every town in the state needs to upgrade at least a portion of its water or sewer infrastructure, and communities should start planning now how to pay for it.

The Town of Vienna, Virginia is weighing whether it should retain ownership of its water and sewer system or if instead it should sell its water and sewer system. Retaining ownership would mean the town would have to invest at least $12 million in improvements over the next 10 years. However, the town would need to sell its water and sewer systems for at least $28 million to be compensated for its costs.

In Michigan, construction is expected to start next week on a new four-mile sewer pipeline that will link Bear Creek Township’s sewer system with the Harbor Springs Area Sewage Disposal Authority’s treatment plant.

Some residents in Oahu are being asked to conserve water due to a break in a 16-inch water main. The break cancelled classes and activities at Windward Community College and closed the Kaneohe District Court.

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Bangor, Maine
Corpus Christi, Texas
Dexter, Michigan
Gross Pointe Woods, Michigan

June 6, 2011

Monday’s Water News: Penn. Treatment Plants No Longer Treating Wastewater from Drilling

Posted in California, Florida, Hawaii, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina at 8:21 pm by bengann

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Pennsylvania’s environmental regulators believe that companies drilling in the huge Marcellus Shale natural gas formation have largely stopped taking salty, chemically tainted wastewater to riverside treatment plants that are ill-equipped to remove all the pollutants. Many of the largest drillers have said they have stopped the practice and now either reuse nearly all the wastewater that gushes from gas wells or truck it to Ohio for disposal in that state’s approximately 170 underground injection wells.

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In Hawaii, the public was advised to stay out of Kaneohe Bay and Windward Oahu and North Shore on waters on Saturday because of sewage spills and storm runoff from Saturday’s heavy rains.

St. Augustine Prep School in Richland, New Jersey has expanded its wastewater treatment system to handle the treatment needs of the school for the foreseeable future.

The Las Vegas-area clean water agency that won a crucial $62 million Nevada Supreme Court ruling that changed the way the governor and Legislature handled the state budget is liquidating its assets. The Clark County Water Reclamation District and the cities of Las Vegas, Henderson and North Las Vegas formed the coalition in 2002 to address the valley’s growing sewage problem, but the bad economy halted growth and dried up the connection charge revenue that was expected to fund most of the work.

Work continues filling sinkholes along Middletown, Ohio’s Great Miami River bike path. The sinkholes were caused by corroded sewer piped and flooding of the river. It’s estimated the price tag so far to make repairs is close to three-quarters of a million dollars.

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Gastonia, North Carolina
Lake Wylie, South Carolina
Lee County, Florida
St. Louis, California

May 5, 2011

Thursday’s Water News: Palm Beach, Broward Losing 33 Million Gallons of Water Per Day

Posted in California, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Minnesota, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Washington, West Virginia at 9:07 pm by bengann

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The utilities that supply water to South Florida residents are losing more than 33 million gallons every day — all while users are being asked to cut back lawn watering in the name of conservation. The lost water is costing area cities hundreds of thousands of dollars a year and fixing the problems will cost millions.

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A $15 million project to upgrade the wastewater collection system at the naval base in Guam is nearly one-third complete, bringing the island’s largest military base closer to its updated targets for capacity and reliability at the Apra Harbor Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The sewer system in Minnewaukan, North Dakota, was inundated Wednesday evening – for the second time in a week – by floodwaters from the growing Devils Lake.

In Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) has awarded $7.5 million in three grants for wastewater projects in Lycoming County. The grants are awarded through the CFA’s H2O PA Program, which provides grants to independent agencies, municipalities or municipal authorities for the construction of drinking water, sanitary sewer and storm sewer projects or to help repair, rehabilitate or remove high-hazard unsafe dams.

The Valley Falls Public Service District in West Virginia has announced it is shutting water off due to some Morgan County residents after a water main break.

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Clarkston, Washington
Coon Rapids, Minnesota
Cupertino, California
Kauai, Hawaii

April 1, 2011

Friday’s Water News: DOJ Seeks Delay in Akron’s Sewer Overflow Trial

Posted in Arizona, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Ohio, South Dakota, West Virginia at 11:36 am by bengann

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The Justice Department is seeking a delay in Akron, Ohio’s trial in U.S. District Court on the city’s overflowing sewers. In a related development, Akron on Monday appealed Adams’ March 17 decision to reject a proposed consent decree that had been worked out by the city.

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A nearly $1 million storm sewer project is set to begin construction in Waveland, Indiana that will put new sewers throughout nearly the entire town. The project will cost $995,000 and is being financed by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.

Two water main breaks under the Kamehameha Highway in Honolulu forced a portion of the roadway to close yesterday.

The city of Topeka, Kansas has been ordered to fix a  sewer pipe and pay a woman thousands of dollars for damages caused by a backup into her home.

Classes were cancelled yesterday at Presentation College in Aberdeen, South Dakota due to a water main break.

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Bluefield, West Virginia
Grand Blanc Township, Michigan
Nogales, Arizona

March 8, 2011

Tuesday’s Water News: Mass. Community Needs Another $48M in Wastewater Treatment Upgrades

Posted in California, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Ohio, Wisconsin at 1:49 pm by bengann

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Despite finishing $30 million in upgrades to its wastewater treatment plant three years ago, the city of Attleboro has been told by state officials in Massachusetts that $48 million in additional upgrades are needed to reduce the amount of phosphorous and nitrogen it discharges into the Ten Mile River.

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In Baltimore, a coalition of residents, business owners, neighborhood leaders and city officials has launched the Healthy Harbor initiative, a plan to make the Inner Harbor fishable and swimmable by 2020. The city is currently under a $1 billion EPA Consent Decree to fix its wastewater infrastructure.

The largest expansion project in the Butler County (Ohio) Water and Sewer Department’s history will begin this month. The project will cost $42.5 million and expand and upgrade one of its regional wastewater treatment plants.

The eastbound direction of State Route 10/Atlanta Highway eastbound at Epps Bridge Road in Athens, Georgia is closed due to a water main break along the roadway after an eight inch water main broke in the median early this morning.

Traffic was snarled and ground floor businesses were flooded in the Waikiki section of Honolulu yesterday after a water main break.

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Aberdeen, Ohio
Ellsworth, Wisconsin
Mill Valley, California
Sonoma County, California

March 4, 2011

Friday’s Water News: Water Main Break Causes Sinkhole Which Almost Swallows a Car

Posted in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio at 7:53 pm by bengann

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Gushing water, combined with mud during a water main break in Glastonbury, Connecticut this morning caused a large sinkhole that almost swallowed a car. A car with its right front wheel went into the hole. It was pulled out by a chain before it fell in a major portion of hole.

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The planned construction of a combined stormwater overflow disinfection facility at a sewage treatment plant in Valparaiso, Indiana have been hit with another expensive surprise as the state has asked the city to pay an additional $900,000 to cover additional costs associated with the project.

In Sarasota County, Florida, officials have doubled the estimate of raw sewage that spilled in late February when a lift station failed to 100,000 gallons.

A portion of a busy road in Zanesville, Ohio was closed today because of a collapsed sewer line under the roadway.

The federal and state governments are recognizing Kauai County, Hawaii for its innovative expansion and upgrade of a sewage treatment plant.

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Bruce Township, Michigan
Florence, Alabama
North Ridgeville, Ohio
Wilmington, North Carolina

February 8, 2011

Tuesday’s Water News: EPA Grants Iowa Community $868,000 for Sewer Improvements

Posted in California, Hawaii, Iowa, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Virginia, Wisconsin at 7:36 pm by bengann

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The EPA has awarded a $868,000 grant to help fund wastewater improvements in Clinton, Iowa. The grant will help fund a $3.9 million project that will include a lift station and 17,200 feet of sewer pipe to connect the City of Low Moor to the new wastewater treatment facility.

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Voters in Exeter, New Hampshire will have the opportunity next month to approve the town’s budget, which includes a heavily scrutinized $2.9 million sewer project to improve inflow and infiltration.

A major sewer renovation project in the city of Sheboygan will cost an additional $78,000 due to delays in getting a permit needed to cross Interstate-43 from the state of Wisconsin.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has fired 71 employees from the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commissioners amid allegations of nepotism and corruption. The agency operates the largest wastewater treatment plant in New Jersey.

A water main break temporarily caused a disruption for some Charlottesville, Virginia residents today. Repairing the break created a lot of mud and was a problem as the water line the main artery for the city’s water supply.

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Estherville, Iowa
Fullerton, California
Honolulu, Hawaii
Toledo, Ohio

January 31, 2011

Monday’s Water News: Water Main Break Closes Tulsa (Okla.) Casino

Posted in Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee at 10:41 pm by bengann

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A casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma was closed yesterday after a water main which delivers water to the facility broke leading to a disruption in service. Efforts to resolve the problem were hampered by the rupturing of a gas line which was caused by the water main break.

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The Director of Water Resources for Chattanooga, Tennessee was given a suspended misdemeanor jail sentence, probation and a fine this week in connection with a sewage spill last year that killed fish and fouled water at the Browns Ferry Marina.

EPA has assessed a $390,000 civil penalty against Orval Kent Food Co. for overloading the Baxter Springs (Kansas)wastewater treatment system and polluting Spring River in 2008.

A study on options for expanding reclaimed water use in Central Maui (Hawaii) estimates it would cost at least $29 million to eliminate most of the use of injection wells at the Kahului Wastewater Reclamation Facility.

DHL Express has agreed to pay an $80,000 fine to the Ohio EPA for violating its wastewater permit in 2007 and 2008 at its former hub in Wilmington.

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Columbia County, Georgia
North Chicago, Illinois
Okaloosa County, Florida
Wooster, Ohio

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