Sewer

Ditch Witch, Vacuworx Form Vacuum Lifting Technology Partnership

Ditch Witch has partnered with Vacuworx to bring the benefits of vacuum lifting technology to an expanded network of underground construction contractors, landscapers, municipalities and utilities. Vacuum lifting systems are designed to use constant vacuum pressure to handle heavy loads, such as st..

DC Water’s New Anacostia River Tunnel Passes First Major Test

Earlier this week, as heavy rains battered the District of Columbia, DC Water’s newly opened Anacostia River Tunnel System prevented approximately 170 million gallons of combined sewage and stormwater from being discharged to the Anacostia River. DC Water placed into operation t..

New York City Celebrates National Work Zone Awareness Week

New York City recently held a ceremony recognizing the importance of keeping public works and utility employees safe in honor of National Work Zone Awareness week, April 9–13.  The event took place along the Grand Central Parkway in Corona, Queens. “The men and women of DEP who build and maintain t..

Researchers: Reducing Stormwater Runoff Helps Water Quality

BALTIMORE (AP) — Researchers say they have confirmed what environmentalists have long known: Stormwater runoff reduction projects help the environment, while leaking sewage hurts it. Alice Volpitta, the water quality manager at Blue Water, tells The Baltimore Sun that the study tracked 20 years of ..

Nearly $74 Million Awarded for Texas Water and Sewer Projects

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved more than $73 million in financial assistance from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and the Clean Water State Revolving Fund for the following pipeline construction projects: $64.69 million from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund to..

Sewer Worker Dies After Machine Hits Power Line; 2 Others Hurt

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — One worker was killed and two others were injured when a piece of machinery being used to repair a sewer hit an overhead power line in Pennsylvania. Cambria County Coroner Jeffrey Lees says a 30-year-old man died Thursday after being electrocuted at a work site in Johnst..

Fears of Sewer Pipe Collapse Close 3 Blocks of Major Street

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Fears of a cave-in courtesy a possible sewer pipe collapse have closed part of a major downtown Louisville street. Metropolitan Sewer District spokeswoman Sheryl Lauder told the Courier Journal that officials sent probes into the 60-year-old, 84-inch (213-centimeter) di..

West Virginia American Water Launches 2018 Infrastructure Upgrade Map

West Virginia American Water has launched its 2018 Infrastructure Upgrade Map, an online application enabling customers to view details about water main replacement projects and other water distribution system upgrades throughout the company’s service area. “We owe it to our customers to demonstrat..

$25 Million Awarded to Train and Assist Small Drinking Water and Wastewater Systems

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded more than $25 million in grants to help the country’s small drinking and wastewater systems and private well owners better protect public health and the environment. Those receiving grants include: National Rural Water Association ..

Construction Begins on $46 Million Sewer, Water Project in New York City

New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Vincent Sapienza and Department of Design and Construction (DDC) Acting Commissioner Ana Barrio announced that construction has begun on a $46 million project in the Tottenville section of Staten Island. As part of the project,..

Sewer Spill Fouls Creek, Wetlands in North Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) – More than 600,000 gallons of sewage and wastewater spilled into a Florida nature park, fouling a creek and wetlands. The Gainesville Sun reports that the two spills closed Loblolly Nature Park in Gainesville as crews suctioned up polluted water and fixed damaged pipes at tw..

Pennsylvania Regulators Develop Tool to Improve Chesapeake Bay Water Quality

About 200 leaders from municipal governments, county conservation districts, agriculture, environmental groups, water companies, and other entities today participated in a meeting hosted by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to expand local engagement in Phase 3 of the pla..

Juniper Capital Management Acquires Sewer Rehabilitation Companies

Infrastructure Services Group (ISG), a new investment platform created by Juniper Capital Management, in partnership with ORIX Mezzanine & Private Equity and LionsWing Capital Partners LLC, has acquired Green Mountain Pipeline Services and Mr. Rehab Sewer Systems. Green Mountain and Mr. Sewer provid..

Heavy Rain Causes Sewer Overflow into Willamette River

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Portland officials say recent heavy rainfall has caused its combined sewer system to overflow into the Willamette River. The Bureau of Environmental Services says the overflows started at about 9:15 a.m. Sunday and continued into the afternoon. The agency says it doesn’t know ..

New York City Releases Stormwater Management Plan

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection released the city’s draft Stormwater Management Plan as required by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to help further improve the health of New York Harbor. The goal of the plan is to reduce or remove pollutants in st..

New York City Wastewater Treatment Workers Compete in the 31st Annual Operations Challenge

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today held the 31st annual Operations Challenge where wastewater treatment plant operators compete to showcase the expertise and skills required to operate and maintain the city’s 14 wastewater treatment plants. After competing in five e..

Vortex Companies, Advantage Reline Form Strategic Partnership

Vortex Companies recently announced a strategic partnership with Advantage Reline, developer of a Sprayed-In-Place Pipe (SIPP) trenchless technology for the municipal, industrial and commercial market sectors. “The industry has placed great emphasis on CIPP alternatives and by partnering with Advan..

US Government, Montana County Make Deal over Water System

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. government has asked a judge to approve an agreement with Beaverhead County to upgrade a small Montana community’s drinking water system after years of finding excessive contamination and numerous monitoring failures. The Department of Justice filed the proposed agreem..

Teen Rescued After Fall into Drainage Pipe at Los Angeles Park

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 13-year-old boy who fell into a drainage pipe during an Easter outing at a Los Angeles park was rescued alive early Monday after an overnight search of the underground system, authorities said. The boy spent at least 12 hours in the system before he was found. “We located Jesse..

Court Denies Hawaiian County's Plea to Reverse Wastewater Ruling

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — An appeals court denied Maui County’s request for a full-panel review of its Feb. 1 decision that the county pumped treated wastewater into injection wells at its Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility for more than three decades, thereby violating the Clean Water Act. “We’r..

ActiveCare Direct Monthly Reports: How to Reduce Machine Idle Times and Boost Profits

ActiveCare Direct monthly reports provide insights on idle percentages versus work percentages across the entire fleet, by individual machine and by machine type. This allows you to easily compare utilization by operator and machine, as well as set goals for increased utilization over time. Doing so..

New York City Completes $71 Million Sewer and Water Infrastructure Upgrade Project

New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Vincent Sapienza and Department of Design and Construction (DDC) Acting Commissioner Ana Barrio today announced that construction has been completed on a $71 million infrastructure upgrade project in Flushing, Queens, that will ..

Atlanta to Receive Funding to Address Flooding, Improve Combined Sewer System

During Atlanta’s 17th annual Parks and Greenspace Conference, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms today announced that the city will be the first municipality in the country to be awarded a publicly-offered Environmental Impact Bond (EIB) for green infrastructure projects. Through a creative-financing op..

Broken Sewer Line in Michigan Replaced

ELBERTA, Mich. (AP) — A broken sewer line under a northwest Michigan bay has been replaced after spewing more than a million gallons of raw sewage over nearly seven weeks. A report made by Elberta Village officials to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality shows the broken line was identi..

Equipment Failure Causes Oregon Sewer Spill

MONMOUTH, Ore. (AP) – Officials say about 1.3 million gallons of partially treated sewage went into the Willamette River after an equipment failure at the city of Monmouth’s waste water treatment facility. The Statesman Journal reports that the city of about 10,000 people located near Salem waited ..

Sewer Issues in Florida Linger After Hurricane Irma

INDIAN HARBOUR BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Mike Dana gazes at a caramel-colored canal where fish seldom bite, dolphins rarely swim, but where clumps of feces sometimes can be seen floating past in the lazy water. “There was always a show,” Dana says of the birds, fish and other “actors” he once watche..

IEEE Publishes 25 Gb/s Ethernet Standard for Enhanced Enterprise and Metro Network Applications Over Fiber

IEEE today announced it has published IEEE 802.3cc-2017—Standard for Ethernet Amendment: Physical Layer and Management Parameters for Serial 25 Gb/s Ethernet Operation Over Single-Mode Fiber. The new amendment to IEEE 802.3™ represents the first available industry standard developed specifically to ..

Fake Snake Post on Facebook Prompts Fear About Sewers in Georgia Town

ATLANTA (AP) – A fake Facebook post is spreading fears that venomous snakes are lurking in the sewers of a Georgia town, and the city attorney has expressed concerns to the social media network that it’s creating confusion and panic. Calhoun Mayor James Palmer says residents have asked him whether ..

Hurricane Harvey's Toxic Impact Deeper than Public Told

HOUSTON (AP) — More than a half-year after Hurricane Harvey flooded America’s largest corridor of energy and petrochemical plants, records show the storm’s environmental assault was more widespread and severe than authorities publicly acknowledged. Piecing together county, state and federal r..

$32 Million Awarded for Texas Sewer, Water Projects

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved more than $32 million in financial assistance from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and the Clean Water State Revolving Fund for the following pipeline construction projects: $17.03 million from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund to..