January 21, 2011

Friday’s Water News: $2 Million Loan to Help Lycoming County (Penn.) Expand Water System

Posted in Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania at 12:56 pm by bengann

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A $2 million loan will allow the county Water and Sewer Authority in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania to continue efforts to expand its public water system into a regional system serving industrial and commercial development. Most of the money will be used to build a water storage tank and associated pipeline.  The loan money came from the now defunct Build America Bond program.

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A water break yesterday in Chelsea, Massachusetts forced the closure of several streets including, the Beacon Street off-ramp of the Tobin Bridge. The break reduced water pressure, made the road to buckle and caused traffic delays to Logan International Airport.

Four more raw sewage spills were reported in DeKalb County, Georgia on Thursday, including 22,680 gallons into Nancy Creek.

A water main break this morning in Timonium, Maryland left the county fairgrounds and a number of businesses without water.

A major street in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania was shut down for most of Thursday as emergency repairs were made to a ruptured sewer line.

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Lansing, Michigan
Reno, Nevada
Sallisaw, Oklahoma
Scituate, Massachusetts

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January 13, 2011

Thursday’s Water News: Tennessee Community Set to Expand Wastewater Treatment Capacity

Posted in Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee at 6:02 pm by bengann

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A long-awaited expansion to the sewer plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee could get started this spring, giving the city a chance to catch up with a decade that pushed the facility’s limits. The expansion would more than double the plant’s treatment capacity, from 2 million gallons a day to 5 million. Over the past 10 years the city’s population has grown from 7,000 to 32,000.

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Lemont, Illinois is using $80,000 from a Community Development Block Grant to replace 300 feet of existing six-inch water mains on Stephen Street with new 10-inch pipes.

Two water main breaks overnight in Nashville, Tennessee caused some problems for motorists this morning because of the freezing temperatures.

Officials in Manchester, Connecticut have approved spending $60 million to update its wastewater treatment system to meet federal clean-water standards. The town is to receive a state grant covering 21.6 percent of the overall cost.

A break in a 16-inch main water line shut off water to the city of Dewey, Oklahoma today, forcing officials to cancel school classes and causing a rush to grocery stores for residents seeking water.

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Auxvasse, Missouri
Millersport, Ohio
Montgomery County, Maryland
Willmar, Minnesota

November 12, 2010

Friday’s Water News: EPA Agreement Means Sewer Bills Will Rise in Northeast Ohio

Posted in Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma at 7:02 pm by bengann

Sewer bills are likely to spike due to the new tentative agreement the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District has reached with the EPA.  The district which provides service to Cleveland and 60 surrounding communities is in violation of the Clean Water Act, and the agreement would clear the way for work to begin on a 25 year, $3 billion dollar project to reduce the amount of sewage being dumped into Lake Erie.

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The state of New York has awarded $5.1 million from its Water Quality Improvement Program to the city of Utica sewer overflow control projects. The money will with the roughly $164 million the city plans to spend to upgrade its sewage system to prevent groundwater infiltration and to separate sewage lines from those carrying storm water.   

A 117 year-old pipe burst late Thursday night in Middletown, Connecticut near the Wesleyan University Campus. The break forced work crews to close part of a road and replace eight to ten feet of pipe.  “Well it isn’t just Middletown, it’s nationwide,” said Tom Tretault of the Middletown Water & Sewer Department. “The infrastructure is old. You’ve got a lot of pipe in the ground that’s 130, 140 years old. It’s gotta get replaced.”

Stimulus Spotlight
Wolf Creek, Montana is moving forward with a plan to create a water treatment system. The unincorporated community has received $1.38 million in stimulus funds for the project, along with hundreds of thousands from other state and federal sources.

Trustees in the village of Cambridge, Illinois are considering issuing $1.5 million in Build America Bonds with proceeds from the sale being used to finance projects such as  storm sewer relining and water line replacement.

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Evansville, Indiana
Exeter, New Hampshire
Lincoln, Missouri
Tulsa, Oklahoma

October 29, 2010

Friday’s Water News: Georgia Awards $18.2 Million to Eight Communities for Water and Sewer Projects

Posted in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington at 7:38 pm by bengann

The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority has approved financing for eight water and wastewater infrastructure projects totaling $18.2 million. “Investment in our state’s water and sewer infrastructure stimulates the economy, promotes the stewardship of our natural resources, and helps to meet Georgia’s future water needs,” said Governor Sonny Perdue.

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Repairs and clean-up took place yesterday in Bend, Oregon after a water main break downtown sent water shooting some 70 feet into the air for about an hour and flooding several homes. Streets around the break were closed as crews worked to stop the flow of water.

A wastewater treatment plant in Cullman, Alabama had to contend with sewage run-off in Mud Creek, one of the city’s main drainage channels yesterday. City officials hope to correct the problem in the next few months when a new treatment plant will come online.

Stimulus Spotlight
Stamford, Connecticut is considering using revenue from Build America Bonds so residents in the northern part of the city currently using wells can connect to the city’s water and sewer system. Connecting to the system would allow aforementioned residents concerned about levels of pesticides and other toxins found in drinking water from wells in the area.

Federal stimulus funding made possible the construction of a solar array to provide electricity for Hailey, Idaho’s wastewater treatment plant. The plant is the largest single user of energy in all city facilities and buildings.

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Edmond, Oklahoma
Franklin, Tennessee
Longview, Washington
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

October 25, 2010

Monday’s Water News: 3 Million Gallons of Untreated Sewage Spills into Shreveport Lake

Posted in Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Tennessee at 8:29 pm by bengann

3 million gallons of untreated sewage has spilled into Champion Lake in Shreveport, Louisiana. Just a few months ago, in July, the city had to fix a leak only about 50 feet away from the leak this weekend. The city says both leaks are the result of aging sewer pipes. It is estimated that $200 million is needed to update the city’s sewer system.

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Several major retail stores were without water in Jersey City, New Jersey today after a break in a 30-inch water main. The water service company said its customers may have discolored water or low water pressure.

The Town of Chapel Hill, Tennessee is receiving a $311,000 federal CDBG grant to replace a sewer line. The replacement pipe with better installation is needed to help prevent slow flow and back ups.

Stimulus Spotlight
The Mayor of Kandiyohi, Minnesota says he’s proud of the city’s new wastewater pipeline and pumping system and is pleased that most of the cost was covered by federal stimulus funds, which provided $2.9 million toward the $3.4 million cost of the project.

There is good news for residents in Coldwater, Michigan, the money last year from the economic stimulus that rebuilt sewer lines has significantly reduced ground water infiltration.

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Bay City, Michigan
Branson, Missouri
Hilliard, Florida
Tulsa, Oklahoma

October 18, 2010

Monday’s Water News: Water Main Break Closes National Museum of Natural History

Posted in California, DC, Georgia, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania at 6:59 pm by bengann

In Washington, D.C., the break of a water main near the National Mall on Friday night shut down a sizable portion of Constitution Avenue on Saturday, and closed the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Behind the disruption was the rupture of a 24-inch water main, which ripped up the roadbed. The failed water main was installed in 1928.

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Three water main breaks around San Diego on Sunday interrupted water service to residents and disrupted traffic.  All three breaks occurred between 7:45 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

When more than 16 inches of rain fell in Pitt County, North Carolina earlier this month, the Village of Simpson was forced to shut down its town offices for the week.  The problem wasn’t flooded streets; it was a backed-up toilet.  Now the village wants want to install a sewer system through the village to end the problem. The project would cost an estimated $4.64 million and serve the town’s 250 households.

Stimulus Spotlight
The expansion and upgrade of the water treatment plant in Zanesville, Ohio will provide the capacity to handle even more water customers in the coming years.  Even with $9 million of the funding for the $16.1 million project coming from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, water customers saw a 15.3 percent bi-monthly rate increase in January, and will see another 6.3 percent hike coming next month. The rate increases are needed to help make debt payments on a Ohio Water Development Authority loan that also helped finance the project.

The city of Wagoner, Oklahoma received $300,000 in federal stimulus money and a $900,000 loan from the Oklahoma Water Resource Board last year. The money has been used to replace the city’s main water transmission lines, as well as the fire hydrants along the way.

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Coatesville, Pennsylvania
Columbus, Ohio
Keene, New Hampshire
Newnan, Georgia

September 29, 2010

Tuesday’s Water News: Terre Haute (Ind.) Close to Plan to Reduce Sewer Overflows

Posted in California, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah at 12:13 am by bengann

City officials in Terre Haute, Indiana and engineers are in the final stages of hammering out a plan to drastically reduce raw sewage discharges into the Wabash River. The city’s proposed long-term control plans range in cost from about $56 million (which likely would not meet EPA requirements) to approximately $170 million, according to engineering estimates. This expense will come on top of at least $100 million the city already is planning to spend to expand and upgrade its wastewater treatment plant to meet federal clean-water mandates.

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More than 420,000 gallons of water gushed from a broken pipe Monday in Provo, Utah flooding several homes and causing significant damage to an intersection.

City officials in Portland, Oregon are warning residents to avoid recreational activities in the Willamette River because of a recent sewer overflow. Residents are advised to avoid activities that could cause river water to be swallowed.

Stimulus Spotlight
In Georgia, DeKalb County commissioners have approved plans to use $36 million in low-interest federal stimulus bonds. Most of the money, $28.4 million, will be used for water and sewer improvements.  The low-interest federal bonds are expected to save the county $1 million over 20 years.

In Connecticut, Norwich Public Utilities has received approval from the City Council for $5.9 million to cover three water system improvements that jumped to the top of the list of capital projects when federal stimulus grants and low-interest loans became available.

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Charleston, South Carolina
Edmond, Oklahoma
Laurel, Mississippi
Redlands, California

September 15, 2010

Wednesday’s Water News: Major Sewer Overflow Spills into North Carolina River

Posted in Alaska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas at 4:23 pm by bengann

Approximately 500,000 gallons of raw sewage spilled into the Pasquotank River in Elizabeth City, North Carolina on Tuesday night after a pipe ruptured. At the wastewater treatment Plant, a 30-inch pipe that discharges from the aeration basin to the splitter box ruptured, causing a large sinkhole.

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Motorists are once again using a road in South Fayette Township, Pennsylvania after it was closed for two days when a 36-inch water main broke early sending torrents of water down the street.

A broken sewer pipe resulted in 66,500 gallons of sewage flowing into Dye Creek in Mooresville, North Carolina last Friday.

Stimulus Spotlight
The town of Central, South Carolina has reached an agreement to connect two Pickens County schools to its sewer system, pending county council approval. Central’s sewer system is being rebuilt with the help of federal stimulus money.

Workers in Fairbanks, Alaska are racing to complete a road project before winter. The project is part of phase two; phase one which cost $2 million replaced sewer and water systems under about a mile of road and was aided by $1 million in economic stimulus funding.

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Aurora, Ohio
Kaufman, Texas
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Pataskala, Ohio

September 9, 2010

Thursday’s Water News: Large Sewage Spill in Amarillo, Texas

Posted in California, Iowa, Michigan, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas at 4:10 pm by bengann

Approximately 750,000 gallons of sewage was dumped into an Amarillo, Texas creek that feeds into T Anchor Lake after a gravity sewer main ruptured. Utility crews used disinfectant and chlorine to treat the lake water which did test positive earlier for sewage.

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A 36-inch water main break in South Fayette Township, Pennsylvania caused road closings, water outages and school cancellation after rupturing early this morning.

In California, San Mateo County health officials have sounded the all-clear for users of Redwood Shores Lagoon—two weeks after some 48,000 gallons of sewage spilled into the water.

A break in a 10-inch water main and several smaller system pipes in Holland, Texas left more than 1,200 people without clean water. Workers say it could take three to four days to complete a final repair on the water main.

Stimulus Spotlight
Thanks to the economic stimulus, the village of Breckenridge, Michigan wants to issue $5 million in Build America Bonds for its sewer rehabilitation project. The program will allow the village to save about 45 percent in interest allowing it to make lower monthly payments.

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Donnellson, Iowa
Eagle Lake, Florida
Edmond, Oklahoma
Sebring, Florida

August 17, 2010

Tuesday’s Water News: Small North Carolina Town to Receive $3.3M for New Sewer System

Posted in Alabama, Illinois, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Utah, Wisconsin at 2:59 pm by bengann

In North Carolina, the Currituck County Board of Commissioners has approved plans to build a new public sewer system in the small communinity of Moyock after three years of debate and negotiation. The new $3.3 million plant would treat 100,000 gallons per day but could be expanded to 600,000 gallons per day.

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A water line break drowned a Tulsa, Oklahoma neighborhood in acres of water on Monday afternoon. The water flooded the street, dozens of yards, and swamped several homes. As the water receded, it left a gaping hole and a buckled road in its muddy wake.

Logan, Utah Mayor Randy Watts said the state Department of Environmental Quality has given the city seven years to cut by half the amount of phosphorous its sewage lagoons, located on the west side of town, discharge to Cutler Reservoir.

A $5.2 million upgrade to the village of Winneconne, Wisconsin’s wastewater treatment plant has started and is expected to take 18 months to complete. The project includes work to upgrade and increase the facility’s ability for wastewater treatment that should be good for at least 25 years.

Stimulus Spotlight
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded more than $1.46 million in grants for engineering studies to 50 public water supply systems throughout the state. These awards, which are funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will fund engineering reports and facility plans that will include data collection, analysis and water system planning.

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East Moline, Illinois
Galesburg, Illinois
M0yock, North Carolina
Northport, Alabama

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