Regulatory

Report: More than 200 New York Waterways Hit by Untreated Sewer Spills

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new report says more than 200 waterways across New York were impacted last year by billions of gallons of untreated sewage and stormwater. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said in a report released Thursday that the health of New Yorkers and their environment suffers when unt..

Mexico, 2 US States Could See Colorado River Cutback in 2020

DENVER (AP) — Mexico and the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada face a better-than-even possibility of getting less water from the Colorado River in 2020 because of a persistent drought, water managers said Wednesday. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which manages the river, released projection..

Carmichael Water District General Manager Receives ACWA Leadership Award

The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) has recognized Carmichael Water District General Manager Steve Nugent with its 2018 Excellence in Water Leadership Award – Building a World of Difference for his leadership and commitment to collaborative regional integrated water management throug..

West Virginia City OK's Higher Sewer Rates

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An increase in sewer rates has been approved by a West Virginia city council. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports sewer rates are expected to rise 16 percent in Dunbar after the City Council approved raising them during a meeting Monday. Mayor Bill Cunningham say..

Alabama Company Gets Federal Grant to Expand Broadband

HAMILTON, Ala. (AP) — Communications company Tombigbee has received a $3 million federal grant to expand broadband internet access to a rural community in northwest Alabama, the company’s president announced Thursday. Tombigbee Communications CEO and President Steve Foshee announced the grant from ..

$15 Million Awarded for Texas Sewer, Water Projects

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) has awarded more than $15 million from the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds for water and wastewater pipeline projects across the state. The projects receiving funding include: $10.77 million to the city of Elmendorf. The city will use ..

API Names New CEO

The American Petroleum Institute (API) has elected Mike Sommers President and CEO. Sommers will succeed Jack Gerard, who is stepping down in August. Known for bipartisan collaboration and visionary strategic planning, Sommers brings two decades of political experience to API, including his current r..

Baltimore to Get $11M Loan to Help Sewer Infrastructure

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore will get an $11 million loan to help keep its sanitary sewers from releasing untreated sewage. The Maryland Board of Public Works approved the project Wednesday. The funds will be used for the planning, design and construction of improvements to the city’s sewer infrastru..

Key California Water District Delays Vote on Tunnel System

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Arizona Utility Tries to End Multi-State Colorado River Feud

DENVER (AP) — Arizona’s largest water provider tried Tuesday to defuse a multi-state dispute over the Colorado River, saying it regretted the belligerent-sounding words it used to describe its management strategy for the critical, over-used waterway. The Central Arizona Project, which provides wate..

ACWA Spring Conference to Highlight Improving California’s Water Supply

Leaders, experts and elected officials from throughout California’s water community will gather in Sacramento May 8-11 for the Association of California Water Agencies’ (ACWA) 2018 Spring Conference & Exhibition. Themed “CA Water: Building for the Future,” the first of two biannual ACWA conferences..

West Virginia American Water Seeks Rate Increase to Cover Infrastructure Upgrades

West Virginia American Water filed an application with the Public Service Commission of West Virginia (PSC) to adjust its rates for water and wastewater service. The company is seeking a base water rate increase to produce additional revenues of $32.69 million per year, and an increase in wastewater..

New York City Sewer Project to Be Completed Ahead of Schedule

According to representatives from the New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), a $12.7 million infrastructure project addressing stormwater runoff from the highest neighborhood in Queens will be completed a month ah..

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Constitution Pipeline over New York Permit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dealt another setback to a proposed natural gas pipeline running from Pennsylvania to New York, rejecting Constitution Pipeline Co’s bid to challenge New York state’s refusal to issue a needed water permit for the project. The high court left ..

Professor Gets EPA Grant for More Lead-in-Water Research

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia Tech professor who helped expose the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, is getting a nearly $2 million federal grant for further research into lead contamination. The Roanoke Times reports the three-year grant from the Environmental Protection Agency will help Marc Edwa..

Report: Pipelines Helping America's Environment

Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) has released “Increased Environmental Benefits from Pipelines & Energy Development for Nation and New York,” a report highlighting improvements in air quality that have been made possible by the shale energy revolution and America’s safe and reliable pipeline network. ..

Group to Sue New Jersey Town over Lead in Water

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — An environmental group has filed a notice of its intent to sue the city of Newark over what it says are elevated levels of lead in the city’s drinking water. The Natural Resources Defense Council has 60 days to file a lawsuit. In its notice filed this week, the group cited a fe..

Chemical Not Found in Treated Water in West Virginia, Ohio

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says a little-studied chemical compound has not been found in treated drinking water that came from contaminated wells in Ohio and West Virginia. The Parkersburg News & Sentinel reports the agency had requested Chemours to test the..

California Town, Water District Fined for Sewer Spills Into Bay

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the city of Oakland and a water district are being fined $350,000 for allegedly allowing sewage water to flow into the San Francisco Bay. The EPA says in a statement Tuesday that Oakland will have to pay more than $220,000 in ..

Washington Regulators Host Hearing on Avista, Hydro One Merger

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Customers of Avista Corp. told the state Utilities and Transportation Commission they’re happy with their local electric and natural gas utility and see little benefit from its sale to a Canadian corporation. About 80 people attended a public hearing in Spokane Monday on..

Pennsylvania Regulators Suspend Laboratory's Accreditation for Water Testing Violations

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has suspended the laboratory accreditation of Analytical Laboratory Services, Inc.’s Middletown facility (ALS-Middletown) for continued violations relating to the handling and reporting of Safe Drinking Water compliance samples. As a resu..

Indiana Utility Reaches Deal for 15 Percent Gas Rate Increase

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) — The natural gas utility company for most of northern Indiana could increase its rates by about 15 percent under a deal it has reached with the state consumer advocate’s office. The proposed increase for Merrillville-based Northern Indiana Public Service Co. would be smalle..

Eyeglass Lens Maker Fined $750K for Illegal Sewer Discharges

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge has fined an eyeglass lens manufacturer $750,000 for repeatedly discharging hazardous waste into Clackamas County’s sewer system in violation of the federal Clean Water Act. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports U.S. District Judge Michael H. Simon fined Carl ..

Western Arizona Eyed as Water Source for Major Metro Areas

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A week into her appointment last fall as a Mohave County supervisor in western Arizona, Lois Wakimoto heard the words that would consume her since: We have a water problem. The entity that sends Colorado River water throughout Arizona wants to buy farmland in her district th..

Workers Admit Taking Bribes to Lower Water, Sewer Bills

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Two municipal water department workers have admitted taking bribes in return for reducing the water and sewer bills of numerous customers. Joseph DeBonis and William Ortiz both pleaded guilty Friday to official misconduct. Both had been suspended from their jobs with the ..

Ohio County Receives Sewer Collection System Funding

The Ohio EPA is providing a $236,500 loan to Morrow County for the design of a centralized sewer collection system for the Iberia area. With the assistance, the county plans to construct a centralized sewer collection system to replace failing on-site systems along State Route 309. The design will ..

New York Sending More Utility Workers to Puerto Rico Power Restoration Efforts

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s governor is heading back to Puerto Rico with more help as the island continues to recover from last year’s catastrophic hurricane. Democrat Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that the state is sending another team of utility experts to assist with repairs to Puerto Rico’..

Feud Erupts Between Utility, States over Colorado River

DENVER (AP) — Tension over the drought-stressed Colorado River escalated into a public feud when four U.S. states accused Arizona’s largest water provider of manipulating supply and demand, potentially threatening millions of people in the United States and Mexico who rely on the river. The four st..

Hawaii Lawmakers Provide $125M for Flood Repairs

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers are appropriating $125 million to help with flood relief efforts on Kauai and elsewhere in the state. House and Senate leaders said Wednesday the money would support road, bridge and infrastructure repairs. Rescuers and volunteers used jet skis and helicopters to e..

Former Water Superintendent Charged with Taking $300K

ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former water department superintendent in Tennessee has been charged with using the position to steal more than $300,000 from the department. A Hawkins County grand jury this week indicted 49-year-old Shawn Hatchett, who is the former superintendent of the Rogersvi..