April 4, 2011

Monday’s Water News: Water Main Break in El Paso Spills a Half Million Gallons

Posted in California, Maine, Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia at 9:50 pm by bengann

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A water main leak near the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas disrupted traffic Saturday and spilled about a half million gallons.

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The City of Hattiesburg, Mississippi is about to undertake a three-phase, $5.5 million dollar sewer rehabilitation project. City officials say the Army Corps of Engineers is footing 75% of the bill.

Several hundred homes in Liberty Township, Ohio are slated to have access to the village of West Union’s public waste water system sometime this year. $2 million in funding from the Ohio Pollution Control Lon Fund is earmarked for the next phase of the sanitary sewer project.

For more than seven years, officials in Houlton, Maine have worked to find a way to expand water and sewer services on a section of Route 1, which has blossomed over the past decade into the town’s major economic corridor.

The city of Greenfield, Ohio has been awarded $500,000 to upgrade its wastewater treatment plant in order to handle increased sewage flows and meet state EPA requirements.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
Fredericksburg, Virginia
Paso Robles, California


March 29, 2011

Tuesday’s Water News: Jackson, Mississippi Needs $28.9M Over Sewer Upgrades in Next 2 Years

Posted in California, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Virginia, Washington at 10:56 pm by bengann

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The city of Jackson, Mississippi has more than 400 sewer system overflows and must make $28.9 million in improvements over the next two years under federal mandate. The city already stands in violation of the Clean Water Act and is paying a $240,000 fine to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality.

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San Luis Obispo County (Calif.) public health officials have warned residents at Nacimiento Lake not to drink water from the reservoir without purifying it because of a break in a sewer line that is submerged in the lake. The public is also ordered to specifically avoid swimming and other water contact activities for the time being.

An estimated 25,000 gallons of sewage spilled from a pipe in the small community of Omak, Washington after a main sewer pipe collapsed Sunday afternoon. Approximately 1,200 feet of pipe must now be replaced at a cost of 250,000 to the city of under 5,000 people.

On April 5, voters Holts Summit, Missouri will vote on a proposed $7 million sewer bond issue to improve the city’s sewerage system. If the bond issue passes, the money will build a new wastewater treatment plant capable of handling 600,000 gallons of wastewater a day.

In Ohio, Miami County has been awarded $600,000 from the state to use toward installation of 4,230 linear feet of sanitary sewers and seven grinder pumps. The project is expected to cost $1 million and will benefit nearly 60 homes.

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Falls Church, Virginia
Loudon County, Virginia
Redlands, California
Wellsville, New York

March 23, 2011

Wednesday’s Water News: Omaha Mayor Makes Case for Federal Investment in Sewers

Posted in California, Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, National, Nebraska, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia at 11:47 am by bengann

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Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle traveled to the Washington, D.C. yesterday to ask for federal help with the metro area’s $1.7 billion bill for federally mandated sewer improvements. The work must be done by 2024. Mayor Suttle provided a number of ideas for ways the federal government could help finance sewer projects, including a tax on toilet paper.

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A water main break this morning in Cleveland, Ohio flooded a local road and forced the closure of an exit ramp from Interstate-90. A portion of the road caved in, making the underpass impassable in both directions.

In Tampa, Florida, sewage discharged into Trout Creek during a rupture last week is expected to reach the upper Hillsborough River today.

A follow-up to a story from yesterday, beaches in the area around Long Beach, California will remain closed through Monday as bacteria levels in the water remain high following a 250,000 gallon sewage spill.

The natural gas industry is promoting the use of recycled wastewater in hydraulic fracturing to address concerns that wastewater from mining for natural gas has polluted waterways in Pennsylvania.

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Findlay, Ohio
Fort Wright, Kentucky
Lynchburg, Virginia
Taunton, Massachusetts

March 21, 2011

Monday’s Water News: Water Main Break in San Diego Leaves 40 Residents Without Water

Posted in California, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia at 8:18 pm by bengann

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A water main break in a San Diego neighborhood left 40 residents without service this morning. Excessive rain and fluctuations in temperatures likely caused the break in the 50-year-old 8-inch main. There have been a high volume of water main breaks in the same neighborhood over the past few years because many of them were installed more than 50 years ago.

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Students at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne are going to try to solve a sewer problem facing the city. The city’s Board of Public Works has agreed to pay the school about $9,400 to monitor hydrogen sulfide levels at a sewage lift station. Students and professors will monitor incoming sewage and determine how much hydrogen sulfide is present. The information will be used to recommend ways to treat the problem and determine cost estimates.

EPA has awarded a $485,000 grant to the City of Bryan, Texas, to replace its aging and deteriorating wastewater treatment plant. The existing plant currently has insufficient treatment capacity to serve the existing population and is located adjacent to residential housing.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is warning residents to avoid Long Branch Creek in Berea after a sewage overflow.

EPA is investigating chronic sewer overflows into Chicago’s lakes and streams. Despite the city’s past efforts to reduce sewer overflows, EPA is stressing the need to make its waterways even cleaner.

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Elmer, New Jersey
Hannibal, Missouri
Hudson, Ohio
Lynchburg, Virginia

March 16, 2011

Wednesday’s Water News: Senators Introduce Bipartisan Proposal to Create Infrastructure Bank

Posted in Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Montana, National, Virginia at 11:47 am by bengann

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A bipartisan Senate proposal introduced yesterday would create a national infrastructure bank to help finance the construction and repair of infrastructure, including water and wastewater systems. The idea is to attract more infrastructure investment from the private sector for projects of regional or national significance.

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It will take days to repair about 60 feet of roadway that was washed away when a water main broke earlier today in Decatur, Georgia. An aging pipe has been blamed for the mess. Two homes were evacuated after reports of flooded basements.

Engineers estimate that $5 million is needed for repairs to the sewer system in South Beloit, Illinois. Excess groundwater has caused sewage problems for several years.

A water main break this morning in Springfield, Virginia closed down an intersection forcing traffic to be detoured and disrupted service to 20 homes in the area.

Officials in Cedar Falls, Iowa have accepted bids for construction of two major wastewater projects. The bids include $17.85 million to add an ultraviolet disinfection system to the wastewater plant and $7.1 million to replace a lift station.

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Ames, Iowa
Bangor, Maine
Great Falls, Montana
Vinton, Virginia

March 10, 2011

Thursday’s Water News: Kansas City Receives $37.85 Million in SRF Funding

Posted in Connecticut, Iowa, Maryland, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia at 6:42 pm by bengann

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The EPA and state of Missouri has provided a loan worth $37.85 million from the State Revolving Fund program to help with wastewater collection and treatment in the Kansas City area. The loan will be used for projects that include building a larger regional wastewater treatment plant, upgrading the existing wastewater treatment plant, improving a lift station and starting construction on two interceptors to link several key sewer lines.

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City officials in Stamford, Connecticut say 4 million gallons of raw sewage spilled onto residential streets and through one home near the gated Wallack’s Point neighborhood Monday night and throughout Tuesday after a blocked sewer line ruptured.

The eastern Missouri town of Farmington has agreed to pay $61,566 in civil penalties to the EPA for violating federal wastewater discharge standards. The EPA found that on 266 occasions from October 2006 through November 2008, sewage sludge from Farmington treatment plants that was applied to agricultural land contained excessive levels of nickel.

The Baltimore Department of Public Works said a sanitary sewer has overflowed in the city, spilling at least 10,000 gallons.

An 8-inch water main that broke and forced the closing of several roads in southeast Davidson County (Tenn.)  because of flooding has been repaired.

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Cayuga, New York
Columbus Junction, Iowa
Newport News, Virginia
Trumbull County, Ohio

March 2, 2011

Wednesday’s Water News: W.V. State Senate Passes Legislation to Upgrade Treatment Plants

Posted in Alabama, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia at 7:51 pm by bengann

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The West Virginia state Senate has passed legislation which would pay for costs to upgrade wastewater treatment plants in the Eastern Panhandle to meet new pollution limits imposed by the EPA for the Chesapeake Bay Restoration program. The legislation would dedicate $6 million annually for 30 years from surplus video lottery revenues to finance bonds to help cover the costs to improve or build new sewer plants.

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Here is a follow-up to a story from yesterday, two large Pennsylvania water providers said today they plan to immediately test public water supplies in response to outcry over a news report that radioactive gas-drilling wastewater may have been discharged into the state’s streams.

A water main break today in Hampton, Virginia forced officials to close a portion of a road after the water caused a large sinkhole.

The town of Manhattan, Montana will receive a loan of at least $1 million loan at 3 percent interest to refinance debt it incurred for its mechanical wastewater treatment facility.

Salem, Massachusetts will replace an aging 40-year old sewer line thanks in part to funding from the state. The current line is at the end of its life expectancy.

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Annapolis, Maryland
Leoni Township, Michigan
Prattville, Alabama
Saratoga Springs, New York

February 22, 2011

Tuesday’s Water News: Study Suggests Greater Sewer Overflows for Great Lakes Communities

Posted in Alaska, California, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, National, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin at 7:23 am by bengann

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A new study from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee says climate change may bring heavier spring rains to communities across the Great Lakes which could cause some sewers to overflow more heavily. According to the study in the worst case scenario there could be an average 20 percent increase in the volume of overflows, and a ten percent increase in the number of such events.

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Four water main breaks occurred yesterday in Rockford, Illinois, with two of them on the same street. Included in the water main breaks, a sinkhole developed after one of the water mains broke and covered the residential road in water. A city salt and plow truck was called to spread salt but fell into a sinkhole after the ground under the vehicle was weakened by the water main break.

In Houston, Texas, a sewage leak last November will cost almost $7 million to permanently repair. The city’s already in the midst of a $900 million sewer system improvement program and this new repair would be on top of that.

The City Council in Columbia, Missouri voted unanimously yesterday to extend the Hinkson Creek sewer outfall by constructing 29,000 feet of extra sewage line. The project is estimated to cost $8.1 million.

It could be another month before repairs are completed to a sewer line which broke earlier this month in Warwick, Rhode Island.

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Guadalupe, California
Henderson, Kentucky
Kenai, Alaska
Lynchburg, Virginia

February 16, 2011

Wednesday’s Water News: New $8.1M Wastewater Treatment Plant Set for Indian Tribe

Posted in Arizona, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas, Virginia at 8:30 pm by bengann

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In California, construction is set to begin on Friday on a new $8.1 million wastewater treatment plant for the Tule River Indian Tribe. There is currently no sewage treatment on the reservation, only septic systems, and the project includes connecting 268 homes to the sewer system. The funding for the project is the largest American ARRA award funded by the California Indian Health Service and EPA.

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According to officials in Frenchtown. New Jersey construction of the borough’s new sewage treatment plant is likely to cost $10.5 million. The estimate for the project includes construction of the new plant, demolition of the old plant, new facilities for the Department of Public Works and flood-proofing the buildings.

A section of the Colonial Parkway in Williamsburg, Virginia, which has been closed since Jan. 4 because of a water main break, will reopen next week. Repairs to the 42-inch water main have just been completed but now the road must be repaved before it can reopen to traffic,

Glendale, Arizona has identified various sanitary sewer lines, manholes and structures in its wastewater collection system in need of rehabilitation and replacement. The required work will take place at 22 locations throughout the city impacting approximately 5,000 linear feet of sanitary sewer lines and more than 50 associated manholes.

A water main break in Chicopee, Massachusetts shut down water service to Elms College and nearby homes this afternoon.

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Geneva, Illinois
Palmer, Texas
Rohnert Park, California
Vandalia, Ohio

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

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