April 19, 2011

Tuesday’s Water News: 8 Weeks Needed to Repair Albuquerque Sewer Main Collapse

Posted in Alabama, California, Illinois, Kentucky, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington at 8:38 pm by bengann

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On a follow-up to a story from last week, officials in Albuquerque, New Mexico estimate it will take up to eight weeks to repair nearly 1,500 feet of sewer pipe which collapsed last week. With several roads shut down, nearby stores say they’ve already seen business drop due to lack of access.

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A sewer overflow after heavy rains last weekend in Corbin, Kentucky damaged four offices and will cause the city to pay for the damages incurred. This is the second time the sewer has overflowed and caused damage at the site.

A year after Mabton, Washington accidentally dumped 370,000 gallons of raw sewage into the Yakima River, the city is talking about becoming a model of environmental stewardship is considering an expansion of its wastewater system that would incorporate the latest green technology.

The sewer system in the town of Cherokee, Alabama may soon get a multi-million dollar overhaul after the town council voted to move forward with plans to revitalize the area’s old sewer system. Council members voted to accept more than $950,000 in grant money, and signed on for more than a million dollar loan to begin the project.

Water was flowing from a busted main in Philadelphia’s northeast section early Tuesday morning, causing a detour for several SEPTA bus routes and disrupting water service to a nearby community center.

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Alexandria Bay, New York
Foster City, California
Planfield, Illinois
Warren County, Ohio

April 15, 2011

Friday’s Water News: Collapsed Sewer Pipe Leaves Smelly Mess on Albuquerque Street

Posted in California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia, Wisconsin at 7:26 pm by bengann

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Raw sewage is no longer bubbling up from underneath a street in Albuquerque, New Mexico after a 54 inch pipe collapsed early Thursday morning. In addition to the smelly mess created by flowing sewage crews were also attempting to repair a street that caved in, causing a huge sink hole, after the pipe collapsed.

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A water treatment system that can turn wastewater into clean water has been shown to reduce potential environmental impacts associated with producing natural gas from shale formations in the Appalachian basin.

The area near Piscataway Creek in Clinton, Maryland has now been cleared after a sanitary sewer overflow Thursday that released approximately 25,000 gallons of untreated wastewater.

A sewage spill in a Killeen, Texas neighborhood has people worried about the safety of their children and pets. 20,000 gallons of raw residential sewage leaked into the Long Branch tributary and is now off limits because of health concerns.

A large amount of food was destroyed at the Bethlehem Apostolic Temple in Wheeling, West Virginia after a 10-inch water line broke this morning.

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Charleston, West Virginia
La Crosse, Wisconsin
Roseville, California
Worcester, Massachusetts

April 12, 2011

Tuesday’s Water News: SRF Cut by Nearly $1 Billion in Budget Deal

Posted in Arizona, California, Illinois, National, New Mexico, New York, Virginia, Washington at 10:56 pm by bengann

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The continuing budget resolution passed last week contained major cuts to the SRF programs. Specifically, the one-week CR cuts the Clean Water SRF to $1.535 billion (from $2.1B in FY10) and Drinking Water SRF to $965 million (from $1.387B in FY10). These represent major cuts to programs vital to public health which also creating well-paying jobs.

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In Staten Island, New York, FDNY, NYPD and Department of Environmental Protection officials were on the scene after a water-main break causeda flood of water to cascade onto the street.

The city of Lynchburg, Virginia hopes to be able to break ground by late summer on phase two of improvements to its water and sewer system. The project is expected to take 18 to 20 months and is part of the city’s 10-year master plan.

Laguna Pueblo in central New Mexico will receive two grants totaling $2 million to improve its water and waste water systems. The current sewage collection system was built more than 20 years ago and the water distribution systems were constructed more than 50 years ago.

In Washington, a much-hoped-for funding source for a proposed sewer system in Carlsborg is one step closer to reality, after the state House of Representatives included a $10 million loan in its proposed state construction budget.

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Los Altos, California
Mesa, Arizona
Montgomery, Illinois
West Dundee, Illinois

March 28, 2011

Monday’s Water News: Joplin (Mo.) Receives $26 Million Loan to Fix Treatment Plants

Posted in California, Connecticut, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, West Virginia at 9:50 pm by bengann

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The city of Joplin, Missouri is receiving a $26 million low-interest loan to finance improvements at two wastewater treatment plants. The loan comes from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and will save city ratepayers an estimated $12.6 million in interest.

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As the Bay Area of California continued to dry out from storms that dumped up to 2 feet of rain in some places, the effects were still being felt Friday. About 160 homes were without water in Pleasanton, and residents with water were advised not to use it after a major water main was damaged by a landslide.

Aging and failing wastewater infrastructure in a number of Connecticut towns, combined with the slow-pace of repairs, has meant that in particularly rainy years, more raw or partially treated sewage is entering the Long Island Sound and other waterways.

A sewage overflow in Burlington, North Carolina caused by rags and debris sent an overflow of approximately 81,300 gallons of untreated wastewater from its sanitary sewer collection system into Burlington Creek.

Apollo, Pennsylvania’s lengthy stormwater/sanitary sewer separation project is entering its final stages. The $7 million project is part of a federal order mandating separation of stormwater lines from sewer lines.

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Bridgeport, West Virginia
Las Vegas, New Mexico
Plattsburgh, New York
Swansea, South Carolina

February 2, 2011

Wednesday’s Water News: Water Main Break in Albuquerque Turns Intersection into Skating Rink

Posted in Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon at 10:32 pm by bengann

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An overnight water main break in Albuquerque, New Mexico turned a busy intersection into a virtual skating rink this morning after the break dumped hundreds of gallons of water onto the road which quickly froze and covered roads with a thick sheet of ice.

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Work could start as early as June to help DeKalb County, Georgia meet a federal mandate to improve its sewers. The $1.35 billion project is necessary because the EPA has mandated the county improve its sewer system after reporting more than 800 raw sewage spills over five years.

The city of Mount Angel, Oregon has slated a $40,000 sanitary sewer line project to work on this spring with the goal of lengthening the life of the sewer system.

A broken water main that leaked an estimated 500,000 gallons of water along a major road in Augusta, Georgia also snarled traffic and closed some businesses.

The water in Oil City, Louisiana is back on after a major water main break, but the city of 1,300 is likely to be under a boil water advisory until at least Friday. The city’s Mayor reports the water main break caused a sinkhole four feet deep.

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Ames, Iowa
Flint, Michigan
Indianapolis, Indiana
Westwood, Massachusetts

January 4, 2011

Tuesday’s Water News: California Community Works to Bypass Damaged Sewer System

Posted in California, Georgia, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Wisconsin at 8:57 pm by bengann

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More than 15 contractors have been at work around the clock for days in Apple Valley, California to bypass a crucial section of the local sewer system that was damaged in recent storms, as wastewater continued seeping into the Mojave River sand bar and threatened to contaminate dozens of nearby private wells.  The repair effort is expected to cost up to $15 million.

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The city of Grand Island, Nebraska is again considering a $2 million-plus sewer line extension as a potential way to boost sewer revenues and extend city growth. Instead of investing in a private septic system that is only a short-term solution, it may make more sense to extend city sewer lines, which would also require boring underneath the Platte River and Interstate 80.

The village of Sabina and the Ohio EPA have reached an agreement that’s meant to help the town meet its obligations under the Clean Water Act and eliminate sanitary sewer overflows by the summer of 2013. As part of the agreement the village will complete a relief sewer, wastewater treatment plant improvements and infrastructure improvements involving a school pump station and force main.

Members of the Board of Selectmen in Hampton, New Hampshire are considering a ballot measure later this year asking voters to approve $1.385 million bonding  for upgrades to the town’s wastewater treatment plant.

Students at an elementary school in Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico were sent home early today because of a water main break .

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Carrollton, Georgia
San Diego, California
Suamico, Wisconsin
Trumbull County, Ohio

October 7, 2010

Thursday’s Water News: Water Service Restored to Albuquerque Neighborhood After Main Break

Posted in California, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania at 2:42 pm by bengann

Water has been fully restored to a Northeast Albuquerque neighborhood after a water main break disrupted service to about 50 homes and businesses on Wednesday night.

A 15-inch water main break in Hamilton Township, New Jersey yesterday morning collapsed a portion of the roadway and caused minor discoloration in residents’ drinking supply.

City commissioners in Lake Wales, Florida have moved closer toward improving the city’s wastewater plant by unanimously approving two resolutions to secure funding from the Florida revolving funds program to improve and expand the plant to handle the city’s growing capacity. The entire project is expected to cost $4 million, most of which the city hopes to obtain from state funds and not pull extra funding from an already tight city budget.

Beaches along a two-mile stretch near Ballona Creek in Los Angeles were reopened to swimming and surfing two days after an estimated half-million gallons of raw sewage spilled into a storm drain that leads to a tributary of the creek.

Stimulus Spotlight
For years Telluride, Colorado has been planning to build a new water treatment plant but thanks to the economic stimulus that plan may now become a reality. The Town Council has given preliminary approval to issue $10 million in Build America Bonds to pay for the project’s construction.

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Allegheny Township, Pennsylvania
Bridgeton, New Jersey
Kenner, Louisiana
St. James, Missouri

September 7, 2010

Tuesday’s Water News: Sidewalk Collapse Drops Pedestrian 15-Feet into Sinkhole

Posted in Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin at 5:42 pm by bengann

A water main leak in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota caused a sidewalk to collapse this morning, sending a pedestrian about 15 feet down into the sinkhole. The man climbed out of the hole on a ladder provided by firefighters. He suffered some scrapes and cuts to his head from the sidewalks bricks but apparently suffered no serious injury.

Recent rainfall in Portland, Oregon has prompted local health officials to issue a sewer overflow warning for recreational use on the Willamette River. The public should avoid the Willamette River for 48 hours after the rain has stopped. It is especially important to avoid recreational activities-such as water skiing, jet skiing or swimming-during which water could be swallowed

A restaurant in downtown Kansas City will have to close for a couple of weeks after a water main break flooded his business just four months after it opened.

Stimulus Spotlight
New Mexico Congressman Harry Teague took a tour on Friday of a few local projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, including Cloudcroft’s new solar array that powers the village’s reverse osmosis water treatment plant.

In Colorado, a number of Morgan County farmers have an opportunity to tap $2.5 million of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus money to improve water quality, increase the water supply, decrease soil erosion and improve fish and wildlife habitat.

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Germantown, Wisconsin
Graham, Texas
Orange, Virginia
Steamboat Springs, Colorado

June 9, 2010

Wednesday’s Water News: Main Break Floods County Building, Causes $10M in Damages

Posted in Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia at 10:18 am by joepaul1

After a broken water main in Dallas, Texas flooded the Dallas County Records building on Memorial Day night, the county is still assessing the damage and the cost. The repair costs for the building are currently $10 million and are expected to go higher. Insurance will cover most of the damage but taxpayers are still on the hook for the $1 million deductible.

A ten inch rupture in the main sewer line caused 100,000 gallons of sewage to pour into Williamson Creek in Austin, Texas. Officials are warning residents to avoid the pond until it can be cleaned.

Members of the Fall River, Massachusetts City Council had a heated exchange yesterday over stormwater fees and rising sewer rates. Sewer rates have doubled in Fall River to help pay off a $3 million sewer deficit.

Aging and damaged sewers in places like Chattanooga, Tennessee are threatening access to clean water.

In Holyoke, Massachusetts, part of Hampden Street will likely be closed for much of the day due to a water main break. Residents in that immediate area may have temporarily lost their water, the break has also caused a large hole and collapsed pavement on the street.

Stimulus Spotlight
Thanks to the economic stimulus package, the city of Newburyport, Massachusetts is getting a new wastewater treatment facility, replacing an aged and outdated plant.

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Albany, New York
Belen, New Mexico
Bossier City, Louisiana
Roanoke, Virginia
Wilsonville, Oregon

May 21, 2010

Friday’s Water News: Sioux City (Iowa) Wants More Time for Treatment Plant

Posted in California, Iowa, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia at 2:19 pm by bengann

Leaders in Sioux City, Iowa and major industrial users are asking the state’s Department of Natural Resources (DVR) for more time to get a wastewater treatment plant in compliance with state regulations. In 2006, the Iowa DNR gave Sioux City five years to get its new wastewater treatment plant up and running. It spent more than $70 million on a new treatment process but wants more time to evaluate the plants capacity.


The City of Poughkeepsie, New York will use $325,000 in federal funds to repair a century-old sewer line. Funding for the project will come from a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). The city receives approximately $1 million each year in CDBG funding.

Clarksville, Virginia is seeking a grant from USDA for the construction of a sewer upgrade project. Like many larger communities, the town experiences sewer overflows during periods of heavy rains.

A private consultant has told the Town Council in Front Royal, Virginia that it could cost more than $1.7 million for a complete upgrade to the town’s sanitary sewer manholes.

Water crews in Albuquerque, New Mexico were still working this morning to fix a water main break. The break flooded a street and has led to water outages. One motel guest affected by the break said he woke up with no water and couldn’t take a shower.

A broken 16-inch water main caused a sinkhole in San Diego early today, shutting down an intersection for what could be the rest of the day.

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Brandon, South Dakota
South Pittsburg, Tennessee
Ventnor City, New Jersey

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