Sewer Rehabilitation

US officials say 2 more places will test sewage for polio

Philadelphia and Oakland County, Michigan, are joining the small list of U.S. localities that are looking for signs of polio infections in sewage, U.S. health officials said Wednesday.

Ohio agrees to spend $85 million in effort to reduce sewage discharge into Lake Erie, Rocky River

(UC) — The city of Lakewood, Ohio, has agreed to perform work that will significantly reduce discharges of untreated sewage from its sewer system into Lake Erie and the Rocky River. Lakewood will spend about $85 million to improve its sewer system and will pay a civil penalty of $100,000, split evenly between the United States and Ohio.

New York kicks off construction on $55 million wastewater treatment project in Buffalo

(UC) — Governor Kathy Hochul has kicked off construction on a $55 million wastewater improvement project at the Bird Island Wastewater Treatment Facility in the city of Buffalo. This project will increase the facility's capacity to handle intense rain events that can overwhelm Buffalo's combined sewer/stormwater system. These improvements will reduce untreated sewage effluent discharges to the Niagara River.

Sewage spill prompts beach closure near Los Angeles

A stretch of Los Angeles area beach was closed after sewage was discharged near a creek that flows to the ocean, health officials said.

New York distributes $31.3 million to six municipalities for water infrastructure upgrades

(UC) — New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced that six municipalities will receive $31.3 million in financial assistance for critical water infrastructure improvements that are crucial to protecting public health and the environment.

North Carolina allocates $10.3 million to repair town's sewer infrastructure

(UC) — Governor Roy Cooper toured the Town of Rowland’s wastewater plant and highlighted the $10.3 million clean water infrastructure grant that the town is receiving to replace and rehabilitate sanitary sewer infrastructure.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Asset Management: One Street at a Time

Trees have elaborate root systems that invade sanitary sewer pipes and can clog or block sewage flow. Roots are a primary cause of sewer system overflows (SSOs).

New York governor rolls out $255 million in grants for water infrastructure upgrades

New York Governor Kathy Hochul has made $255 million available in state grants for critical water and sewer infrastructure projects that will protect the state's public health and the environment, the governor said on Thursday.

Calgary responds to more than 7,000 sewer clogs in one year

Calgary, Alberta, is hoping to inform residents about the dangers of flushing single-use wipes down the toilet, as it is causing a strain for the city’s wastewater crews.

KUB continues investment in East Tennessee water, sewer, natural gas, and fiber optic infrastructure

As infrastructure across the U.S. ages and communities begin to feel the impact, Knoxville Utilities Board continues what it started 15 years ago to ensure its safe and reliable utility services do not suffer as a result of aging infrastructure.

Boston commissioners advance $150 million sewer separation project

The Boston Water and Sewer Commission has advanced the next phase of the East Boston Sewer Separation project, involving separating approximately 230 acres of combined sewer area, along with installing new storm drains, updating existing sewers, replacing adjacent aging water mains, and modifying existing regulator structures.

Pipeline rupture in Tempe, Ariz. reveals larger water infrastructure issue

Thousands of homes in Tempe, Arizona, could be facing critically-deteriorated sewage pipes underneath them, which was exposed by a recent pipe rupture that spilled around 8 million gallons of water and closed a major Phoenix-area highway, 12 News reported.

New Jersey receives record 679 requests for water infrastructure improvement projects

The state of New Jersey has received a total of 679 requests totaling nearly $7 billion for necessary water quality improvements and other public-health protection projects, according to its Water Infrastructure Improvement Plan that was released last week.

Local governments turn away $73 million of federal pandemic aid

From small towns to big cities, every government across the U.S. was offered a slice of $350 billion in federal coronavirus relief funds to help shore up their finances, cover pandemic-related costs and invest in community projects. For many cities and towns, those funds have been invested in sewer, water and stormwater infrastructure projects.

Williamson County, Texas, designates $72.5 million for water infrastructure improvements

Williamson County, Texas, officials will use most of its federal Coronavirus relief money to improve water and wastewater infrastructure in various cities.

Long Beach, NY city officials approve $123M bond to reroute sewage out of Reynolds Channel

Long Beach City Council members approved a $123 million bond last week for a fully federally and state-funded project to reroute the city’s sewage out of Reynolds Channel.

EPA to award $21.7 million in grants to support clean, safe water for rural communities

The EPA announced its selection of technical assistance providers to receive $21.7 million in grant funding to support drinking water and wastewater systems that serve small and rural communities.

Sacramento gets $3.5 million federal funding for stormwater projects

Sacramento, Calif., will get $3.5 million in federal funding to help pay for underground reservoirs to harden parts of the combined storm and sewage system within the city’s aging underground infrastructure.

Montgomery County, Ky kicks off construction on $65M sewer project

The Montgomery County Sewer Modernization and Revitalized Treatment (SMART) Project broke ground at the Western Regional Water Reclamation Facility in Boone County, Kentucky. The construction includes a new pump station and a pretreatment facility at the site.

South Dakota water board grants $431 million for rural water system infrastructure upgrades

The South Dakota Board of Water and Natural Resources approved $431 million in grants and loans for almost 30 rural water systems throughout the state.

Combined sewage systems increase overflow issues in Wisconsin

The president of the Alliance for the Great Lakes voiced his concerns about how sewage systems are holding up in Wisconsin given the increased levels of rain, specifically the overflowing of older infrastructure that collects both wastewater and stormwater.

New York directs $168 million to upgrade town’s crumbling sewage system

After the docu-series “Wasteland” brought attention to the failure of the water and sewer system in Mount Vernon, New York, Governor Kathy Hochul announced $168 million in investments for replacements and upgrades.

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