Vermont Town Discovers Leak Spewing Raw Sewage into Nearby River

BRANDON, Vt. (AP) — Officials in a Vermont town say a broken sewer pipe has spewed over 1 million gallons of raw sewage into the Neshobe River, which flows into Lake Champlain. Brandon town officials say they don’t know when the pipe broke or how long it was leaking sewage. WPTZ-TV reports the town..

Plans for Arkansas Trail Swerve With Utilities Project

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — By the year 2024, an extension of the Old Railroad Trail will be the first city trail in Fort Smith to carve a path through the middle of town and serve as much as an alternative transportation route as a recreation trail. The nearly 3-mile paved trail will connect Cre..

Five Cabinet Chiefs to Testify Before U.S. Senate on Infrastructure

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration will send five cabinet secretaries to a U.S. Senate hearing next week to tout its plan to spur $1.5 trillion infrastructure improvements using $200 billion in new federal funding. The heads of the Transportation, Commerce, Labor, Agriculture and Labor..

Corning Develops High-Fiber-Count Rapid Installation Ribbon Cable

Corning Incorporated today announced its latest optical fiber cable innovation – RocketRibbon(TM) extreme-density cable. RocketRibbon is a next-generation ribbon cable, which enables up to 30 percent faster installation than other high density ribbon cables designed for data center and carrier envir..

$22 Million Sewer and Water Project in New York City Ahead of Schedule

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection today announced a $21.8 million sewer and water infrastructure project in Southeast Queens is on track to be completed three months ahead of schedule. As part of the project, 4,100 feet of new storm sewers, some as large as nine-feet wide and..

Democrats Would Reverse Some Tax Cuts to Fund Infrastructure

WASHINGTON (AP) — For Senate Democrats, voting against the Republican tax cuts that President Donald Trump signed into law wasn’t opposition enough. Now they have a plan to reverse some of the tax breaks for corporations and the wealthiest Americans and put the money instead toward a $1 trillion inf..

Company Using AI to Assess Conditions of Water Mains to Participate in Imagine H2O's 2018 Accelerator

Fracta Inc., a company tapplying Artificial Intelligence (AI) – Machine Learning to drinking water utility infrastructure, has been selected as a participant in Imagine H2O’s 2018 Accelerator. Fracta is one of 13 water startups selected to the exclusive 2018 program. Fracta offers a Saa..

Advanced Drainage Systems Launches “ADS Installation Guides” Mobile App

Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. (ADS), a global manufacturer of water management products and solutions, today launched the “ADS Installation Guides” mobile application, offering everyday installation instructions for its thermoplastic pipe products. The app is a resource to provide guidance on the ..

Great Lakes Advocates to Ask Congress for Water Protections

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) – A coalition of Great Lakes advocates is urging Congress to provide funds for cleaning up the region’s waters and strengthening its water infrastructure. Groups representing businesses, industry, environmentalists, cities, states and tribes will make their annual lobbying..

UC Irvine Launches New Program for Water, Wastewater and Utility Professionals

With water and energy more intertwined than ever before, the University of California, Irvine, Division of Continuing Education today announced the introduction of a four-course program in understanding the complex interactions between water and energy. Geared toward both emerging and veteran profe..

DigIndy Tunnel Keeps 55M Gallons of Sewage out of Waterways

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — In year’s past, the heavy rainfall that pummeled Indianapolis recently would have swamped the city’s sewer system and created a sticky, foul, disgusting situation. Not this year. In the first real test of the city’s newly opened DigIndy tunnel, Citizens Energy estimates the sys..

Oysters Recalled After South Carolina Sewer Spill

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Health officials in South Carolina have ordered a recall of oysters harvested where a sewage spill occurred last month. Media outlets reported the Department of Health and Environmental Control estimates about 2.4 million gallons (9 million liters) of raw sewage flowed into ..

Sterling Construction to Replace Sewer, Water Infrastructure as Part of DFW Freeway Project

Sterling Construction Company, Inc. today announced that its subsidiary, Texas Sterling Construction Co. (TSC), has been awarded a contract by the City of Coppell to replace all existing water and wastewater infrastructure associated with the reconstruction of the Freeport Parkway. Work is schedule..

Maine City to Receive Nearly $9M for Sewer Upgrades

BATH, Maine (AP) — A Maine city is slated to receive nearly $9 million in federal money for sorely needed upgrades to its sewer system. The city of Bath is getting a $2.3 million grant and a $6.5 million low interest loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The city’s sewer department serves m..

What About Infrastructure?

In 2017, Washington politics continued as usual – if anything, even more bitterly partisan than ever before. Congress remains deeply divided down political lines and even among the parties themselves, crippling concerted efforts to accomplish the multitude of high-profile issues demanding immediate ..

Public Hearings Concerning Wastewater Discharge Permit Scheduled in Iowa

Iowa’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced they will hold three public hearings in March concerning a new general permit that addresses wastewater discharges to Iowa soils and streams. At the meetings, the latest information about the new proposed requirement, a National Pollutant..

Plumber Gets Probation in Trench Collapse that Killed Worker

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pennsylvania plumber who pleaded guilty to violating federal workplace regulations before a trench collapse that killed a man has been placed on probation for two years. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that 67-year-old Wayne George, of Hookstown, apologized in court Wednesda..

Pro Pipe Partners with Perma-Liner Industries to Expand Lateral Lining Services

Professional Pipe Services, Inc. (Pro Pipe) today announced a partnership with Perma-Liner Industries (Perma-Liner) to provide main/lateral connection lining services nationwide. As municipalities seek to reduce the impact of inflow and infiltration (I&I) on the broader wastewater collection system..

$42 Million Sewer Upgrade Completed to Keep Trash and Debris out of New York City Creek

New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Vincent Sapienza today announced the completion of a $42 million project to build four subsurface litter capture devices that will improve the health and aesthetics of Newtown Creek. The in-sewer control devices include fixed ba..

Low-Flying Helicopter to Map Water Resources in Mississippi

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) — A helicopter will be flying over parts of the Mississippi Delta to gather information for a 3-D map showing water resources. The U.S. Geological Survey says from late February through early March, a low-flying copter will travel in a grid pattern over rural areas north and w..

$50M Massachusetts Sewer Project to Benefit Connecticut River

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Springfield Water and Sewer Commission has qualified for a $50 million low-interest loan that could help the Connecticut River run cleaner. The money, in the form of loans at 2 percent interest, will be used to upgrade sewer facilities and dramatically reduce occasiona..

West Virginia Jury Sides with Contractor in Sewer Dispute

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia jury has ruled that the Charleston Sanitary Board must pay an Upshur County contractor more than $1 million for breaching its contract with the firm. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the jury recently awarded J.F. Allen Corporation $1.3 million in damages..

More than $13 Million Awarded for Texas Water, Sewer Projects

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved more than $13 million in financial assistance from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and the Clean Water State Revolving Fund for the following pipeline construction projects: $5.46 million to the city of Arlington. The city will use t..

$75 Million Approved to Replace Septic Systems Across New York

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a comprehensive $75 million program to improve water quality through the targeted replacement of aging septic systems in communities across New York. Through a collaboration between the State Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Health..

Trimble, Aquarius Spectrum Announce Water Leak Detection Technology Distribution Agreement

Trimble today announced an exclusive relationship with Aquarius Spectrum Ltd. to distribute a branded version of Aquarius Spectrum’s wireless leak detection and monitoring solutions for water utilities throughout the U.S. The collaboration will extend Trimble’s portfolio of smart water management se..

Wastewater Mixed with Rainwater Overflows in Baltimore

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore City Department of Public Works estimates that approximately 5.7 million gallons of wastewater mixed with rainwater overflowed into the Jones Falls. A department news release says the gallons of wastewater mixed with rainwater overflowed into the Jones Falls on Sunday..

West Virginia Sewer Project Paused Until EPA Releases Contamination Report

MINDEN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has paused the construction of a sewer line in the Minden area until a contamination report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is released. A statement said Justice made the decision after a meeting Monday between representatives of his a..

NV5 Global Awarded Stormwater Assessment Contract in New Jersey

NV5 Global, Inc. today announced that it has been awarded a contract with the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) to provide identification, assessment and analysis of all NJDOT stormwater basins and roadway drainage outfalls within Region North, an area encompassing eight of New Jersey’..

Red Hen Systems Creates Pipeline Leak Detection System

Red Hen Systems, a Colorado geospatial company with 21 years of experience locating infrastructure using video mapping technology, today announced it has developed Pipeline Leak Detection Services (PLDS). PLDS utilizes a multi-sensor detection system to locate, and quantify in real-time fugitive met..

West Blue River Interceptor Project Wins ACEC Award

Burns & McDonnell and Leath & Sons’ West Blue River Interceptor Sewer Project, a 72-inch aerial sewer crossing Brush Creek, recently received an Honor Award from the Missouri chapter of the American Council of Engineering Companies. The chapter presented its 2018 Engineering Excellence Awards during..