Water

Construction Detention Basins Could Help Reduce Nitrogen Runoff

Stormwater detention basins are a common means of controlling rainwater and runoff near large construction projects. Now, those basins might help in controlling nitrogen runoff into rivers and lakes, a Penn State researcher said.

Saudi Arabia Spending Nearly $830 Million in Water Upgrades Ahead of Heavy Tourist Season

In anticipation of a large tourist season this year, Saudi Arabia is spending $825 million to upgrade its water infrastructure in the city of Mecca along with other holy sites.

WasteWise Winners Divert Waste from Landfills

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced 10 winners of its 2018 WasteWise program, which encourages organizations and businesses to achieve sustainability in their practices and reduce select industrial wastes. For 2018, winners collectively prevented more than 356,000 tons of waste from entering landfills and saved their organizations more than $19.6 million in avoided landfill fees.

USDA Invests in Rural Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in 24 States

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service Administrator Chad Rupe said the USDA is investing $135 million in 49 projects to improve rural water infrastructure in 24 states.

Tennessee Counties get Grants, Loans for Water-Related Improvements

Tennessee congressman David Kustoff’s office says the U.S. Department of Agriculture is giving more than $16 million in grants and loans to three rural counties for water-related improvements.

Metheun Construction Recognized for Challenging Portsmouth Plant Upgrade

Methuen Construction's work on the largest public works project in Portsmouth, NH, history helped earn the firm a place on a list of the top 200 environmental firms.

EPA Launches 60-day Comment Period for Clean Water Act Changes

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today issued a proposed rule to implement Section 401 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) intended to streamline the approval process for permits that are often an obstacle for pipelines and other infrastructure projects.

India's Chennai Rapid Growth Threatened by Water Shortages

Rapid development and rampant construction have overtaxed Chennai's once-abundant natural water supply, forcing the government to spend huge sums to desalinate sea water, bring water by train from hundreds of miles away and deploy an army of water trucks to people whose household taps have suddenly run dry.

First Infrastructure Bill Emerges in Congress

House Democrats have introduced the first infrastructure package in Congress that would make significant new investments in broadband deployment and drinking water systems, among other areas. All 31 Democrats on the House Energy & Commerce Committee sponsored the LIFT America Act (H.R. 2741), which had a hearing in front of that committee on May 22, 2019.

Presidential Hopefuls Flock to Flint for Environmental Messages

Flint, Mich., has become a top destination for candidates seeking a backdrop for messages about the environment, water quality and urban policy.

Black Construction Awarded $122 Million for Guam Wastewater Project

Black Construction has been awarded a contract valued at approximately $122 million by the Guam Waterworks Authority to upgrade the Northern Wastewater Treatment Plant in the Village of Dededo.

Illinois Governor Signs $45 Billion State Construction Bill

Illinois Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Friday signed into law a plan that will pour $45 billion into state construction projects to build and upgrade roads, bridges, parks and schools — and will require drivers, smokers and gamblers to pick up the tab.

City of Detroit to Upgrade Aging Water, Sewer Systems

Water and sewer systems across Detroit are being upgraded neighborhood by neighborhood.

Louisville, KY Set to Build $200 Million Sewer Tunnel

In order to protect itself from waterway overflow, the City of Louisville is preparing to build a 20-foot wide underground sewer tunnel, to the tune of $200 million.

Brown and Caldwell

Brown and Caldwell, a leading environmental engineering and construction firm, was selected by King County, Wash., Wastewater Treatment Division as prime consultant on development of the county’s Clean Water Plan. This four-year effort will chart a path for future water-quality investments and initiatives in the central Puget Sound region.

Rehab Method Protects Pipeline Seams from Corrosion—and Floats

For the rehabilitation of a drinking water pipeline in the district of Aalen, 124 miles northeast of Munich, Germany, the DENSO Group Germany protects weld seams from corrosion quickly and efficiently using a new laying method that floats in water.

EPA Develops Water Reuse Action Plan

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has begun an effort to develop a new program to support water reuse.

Worker Rescued After Trench Collapse in Western Michigan

A construction worker has been hospitalized after being rescued from a trench that collapsed in western Michigan.

EPA Provides $2.6 Billion in New Funding for Water Infrastructure

New funding will assist states in Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 7 with improving drinking water and wastewater infrastructure.

Arkansas Suggests Answers for Bethel Heights Wastewater Woes

Arkansas regulators have suggested two possible solutions to the wastewater woes Bethel Heights has struggled since 2007 to resolve: connect to another wastewater treatment system, or build a new facility.

Maine Water Files Permit Applications for New Water Treatment Facility

Maine Water Company filed applications today with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for state and federal environmental permits in support of their plan to build a new water treatment facility on the Saco River in Biddeford.

Water Authority Surpasses Phosphorus Reduction Goals

A Detroit-based drinking water and wastewater treatment service provider says it has surpassed a federal and state regulators’ goal for cutting phosphorus levels.

How to Select the Right Trench Protection System

How a utility contractor chooses to excavate on a job site can make all the difference in the project outcome. When you consider that 30 to 40 percent of all excavations lack the appropriate protective solutions, it should come as no surprise that projects are often over budget and overdue. When you add the very real risk of injury or death, a lack of proper protection makes no sense at all.

EPA Announces New WIFIA Funding for Water Infrastructure Projects

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making funding available to provide an estimated $6 billion in Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loans in 2019. “Through WIFIA, we are addressing several of President Trump’s top priorities, simultaneously: modernizing our nati..

EPA Announces $2.6 Billion in Availability for Water Improvement Projects

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the availability of $2.6 billion in new funds to assist states, tribes and territories with improving drinking water and wastewater infrastructure across the country.

Montana Governor OKs $400 Million in Infrastructure Spending

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock signed a series of bills that allow for spending nearly $400 million on buildings, bridges and water systems across the state — an effort aimed at creating jobs, boosting the state's economy and clearing up a backlog of needed work.

Stormwater Needs Survey Shows $7.5B Annual Funding Gap

A recent analysis of needs of the U.S. stormwater sector shows an estimated $7.5 billion annual funding gap and revealed top priorities and challenges across the country.

Flint Receives Part of $140 Million Loan for Water Improvements

The city of Flint received over $77 million in funding this week that was originally promised in 2017 after 12 residents died from drinking lead-tainted water five years ago.

Fort Wayne Announces $100 Million in Utility Infrastructure Investments

City officials in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on Monday announced plans to invest $100 million in city neighborhoods for stormwater protection, sanitary sewer improvements, and water pipe upgrades.

West Virginia Governor Announces Infrastructure Grants

Gov. Jim Justice says West Virginia has secured $3.4 million in federal grants to help improve broadband and wastewater infrastructure in McDowell County.