Sewer

Hawaii fines U.S. Navy $8.8 million for unauthorized sewage release

The Hawaii Department of Health said it has fined the U.S. Navy $8.8 million for repeatedly discharging untreated or partially treated sewage into state waters from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

New York governor kicks off construction on $11 million wastewater treatment project

(UC) — New York Governor Kathy Hochul has commenced construction on an $11 million wastewater collection and treatment facilities improvement project in St. Lawrence County, New York.

Alabama approves $348 million for water, sewer repair projects

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management awarded $348 million in grants and loans to repair and upgrade crumbling, malfunctioning and overwhelmed water and sewer systems in Alabama, benefiting residents in nearly three-quarters of the state’s counties.

AECOM launches sewer system inspection software

(UC) — The PipeInsights platform augments conventional CCTV inspections using advanced machine learning algorithms to provide automated defect detection and recommend optimal maintenance decisions.

State cracks down on Flint company after Flint River spill

State regulators on Monday ordered a Flint chemical company to truck wastewater to a water treatment plant, weeks after it was blamed for an oily discharge in the Flint River.

Racism seen as root of water crisis in Mississippi capital

Jackson had already been under a state health department boil-water notice for a month when flooding back in August overwhelmed the treatment system. Water pressure abruptly dropped, emptying faucets for days. How did this happen? Residents, politicians, experts and activists say systemic racism is the root cause.

$40 million Detroit project to increase capacity in local, regional sewer system

(UC) — The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department has revealed a five-year, $40 million project that redirects rainwater and snowmelt from a westside neighborhood into two new detention basins, as well as provides other neighborhood improvements.

Curved Microtunnel Project Saves Time, Effort

BRH Garver recently completed two segments of major sanitary sewer system improvements in Houston, employing microtunneling. The bores consisted of 4,600 linear feet and 4,200 linear feet of 60-inch-diameter gravity sewer tunnel at depths to 70 feet. Hazen and Sawyer designed both projects for the owner, the city of Houston.

Governor Hochul awards $232 million for water infrastructure projects across New York

Governor Kathy Hochul has authorized more than $232 million to seven municipalities for drinking water and sewer infrastructure projects across New York, the governor announced last week.

West Virginia receives $75 million grant to improve drinking water, wastewater systems

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a $75 million award for critical infrastructure improvements in West Virginia’s Greenbrier County to support clean drinking water and sanitary wastewater systems.

Vermont to use $200 million in federal funds to restore aging water infrastructure

(UC) — Governor Phil Scott and Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Julie Moore on Tuesday visited the Royalton Water Treatment Facility project and highlighted the substantial investments secured this year in water, sewer and stormwater infrastructure, and climate resiliency.

Flooded sewage system discharges wastewater in British rivers, seas

Heavy rainfall overwhelmed parts of Britain's sewage system last week, causing untreated wastewater to be discharged into rivers and seas. The problem is a long-running issue in Britain, where regulators are investigating possible permit violations by six major water companies and environmental groups allege the firms have failed to make needed repairs.

Arkansas water utility votes to proceed with sewer expansion project in Desha County

The Southside Public Water Authority Board of Directors recently voted to proceed with construction of a wastewater expansion project that will provide sewer to customers along Highway 25/14 and Fred St. in Desha County, Arkansas.

Former Pittsburgh water and sewer supervisor gets probation for river pollution

Between 2010 and 2017, two supervisors of the Aspinwall Drinking Water Plant discharged clarifier sludge into the river and directed employees to discharge sludge into the river.

Kansas wins $4.5 million grant to construct new wastewater infrastructure

The Economic Development Administration has awarded $4.5 million in funding to Kansas to construct wastewater and electrical infrastructure needed to support new business development in the state.

Clogged sewer line compounds problems at Mississippi hospital

A clogged sewer line has compounded problems for a Mississippi hospital that was already dealing with financial difficulties.

Ontario creek dredging to remediate 24 billion liters of leaked sewage

A valve on Hamilton, Ontario’s combined sewer overflow system was left ajar for four years, allowing 24 billion liters of sewage to spill, and some settled on the bottom of Chedoke Creek.

St. Louis modifies $4.7 billion sewer project proposal to reduce community impact

(UC) – The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District has proposed revisions to its $4.7 billion, 25-year sewer overhaul project to reduce the project’s impact on underserved communities.

Sewer emergency in Cape Cod resort town closes businesses

Thunderstorms brought “larger than normal wastewater volume” into the sewer system, causing overflows and damage, requiring restaurants and other food establishments to close immediately.

Connecticut receives $580 million in funding for sewer system improvements

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced a $580 million investment in construction-ready municipal water pollution control projects to protect the state's waters from sewage pollution and improve water quality.

University of Minnesota Minneapolis suffers second sewer gas leak in weeks

Fire officials have lifted an evacuation order issued for several buildings on the University of Minnesota’s Minneapolis campus due to a suspected gas leak.

EPA promises assistance for repairs in towns plagued by raw sewage

Federal officials said the new pilot program will help 11 communities assess their sewage problems, plan improvements and receive the financial and technical help to make those plans real.

North Carolina receives $789.4 million in funding for drinking water, wastewater projects

Governor Roy Cooper announced on July 27 that communities statewide will receive a record $789.4 million in water and wastewater infrastructure funding to help pay for 385 projects statewide, including 140 construction projects.

New York wastewater infrastructure rated ‘poor’ by engineering group

Out of more than 35,000 miles of sewers in New York State, about 40% are more than 60 years old, leading The American Society of Civil Engineers to give the wastewater infrastructure a D+ in its 2022 Report Card for New York’s infrastructure.

Curtin Creek sewer project to receive $1.6 million in federal funding

Clark Regional Wastewater District (District) will receive $1.6 million in state and federal grant funding for the construction of the Curtin Creek Septic Elimination Program, the agency said on July 11.

Tampa planning $200 million water infrastructure repair project

The City of Tampa, Florida, is replacing dozens of miles of aging underground pipes in several neighborhoods, which should improve water pressure and water quality

Detroit-area utility says it’s not responsible for flooding from 2021 storm

A Detroit-area water utility said will deny flooding claims stemming from a damaging storm last summer based on an independent review that found the flooding was caused by the amount of rainfall and not a defect in its wastewater collection and pumping system.

US awards $1.5 million grant to Oxford, Ala., for drainage improvements

The U.S. Secretary of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded a $1.5 million grant to the city of Oxford, Alabama, to make infrastructure upgrades, which includes drainage improvements and the resurfacing of Bynum Cutoff Road.

Navajo president allocates $215 million in federal aid for water infrastructure improvements

Navajo Nation leaders have finalized an agreement on spending priorities for more than $1 billion in federal pandemic relief to improve water, sanitation, housing and communications infrastructure.

US invests $2 million to replace aging water infrastructure in West Monroe, La.

The U.S. Secretary of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded a $2 million grant to the city of West Monroe, Louisiana, to replace aging sewer infrastructure.