Water

Report: Drinking Water Contamination Rampant Across U.S.

The EPA doesn’t have a tap water contamination database and doesn’t provide any information on specific contaminant levels at water systems. But according to Environmental Working Group Senior Scientist David Andrews, they should.

Orange County Launches Pilot to Remove PFAS From Groundwater

The Orange County Water District is launching a pilot program to test treatment options for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, a family of manmade heat and water-resistant chemicals found in numerous everyday consumer products that have infiltrated groundwater supplies over several decades.

LAN Starts Construction of Conroe Treatment Plant

Construction has started on a $60 million wastewater treatment plant for Conroe, Texas—the fast-growing U.S. city—located north of Houston.

New Mexico Communities get Funding for Water Projects

Nearly $34 million in federal funding is being funneled to New Mexico to help make improvements to water and wastewater systems.

Sewer Blockage Pushes Waste Into 300 New York City Homes

Experts suspect "fatbergs" were to blame for a blocked sewer main that flooded basements with brown filth over the weekend and left residents of a New York City neighborhood feeling sickened by the stench.

USDA to Invest Over $630 Million in Water Improvement for Rural Communities

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing over $630 million in water infrastructure improvements for rural communities across 42 states.

Plaquemines Parish Gets $4 million for Water Infrastructure

The federal government is giving one Louisiana parish a $4 million grant to help improve the water infrastructure.

Trump Administration Drops Obama-Era Water Protection Rule

The Trump administration revoked an Obama-era regulation that shielded many U.S. wetlands and streams from pollution but was opposed by developers and farmers who said it hurt economic development and infringed on property rights.

Lane Wins First Washington Contract with $255 Million Seattle Project

Lane Construction said it won its first contract in the state of Washington—construction of a water storage tunnel to reduce polluted overflows into Seattle’s Lake Washington Ship Canal.

EPA Funds Completion of Rhode Island Tunnel Project

Rhode Island officials finally have an end in sight for a $1.5 billion system of tunnels to prevent tainted stormwater from entering Narragansett Bay, following federal funding approval to help complete the project

Kentucky Infrastructure Project Awarded Engineering Design Feat of the Year

A Kentucky-based sewer collection system improvement project has been awarded Best-in-Class by the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) during its 2019 National Design-Build Project/Team Awards competition.

South Carolina: Google can Pump Drinking Water for Servers

South Carolina is allowing Google to cool its servers by pumping nearly 550 million gallons of water annually from a declining aquifer.

Justices Seem Unsure if CWA Reaches to Wastewater Permits

The Supreme Court seems uncertain about how to decide a Hawaii case that will determine if a sewage treatment plant needs a federal permit to send treated wastewater deep underground.

$12 Million Slated for South Plainfield, N.J., Water Infrastructure

New Jersey American Water said it will spend $12 million to rehabilitate 3,500 feet of aging, 60-inch transmission pipe in South Plainfield, N.J., this fall in a project that includes the reconstruction of existing manholes and valve pits along the route.

American Water Donates $40,000 to Aquatic Sciences Program

American Water, the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company, and its charitable foundation announced a $40,000 donation to the Center for Aquatic Sciences in support of its Community and Urban Science Enrichment summer camp program.

Sewage from Manhole Spills into Durham, N.C. Creek

City officials in Durham, N.C., said the state Department of Environmental Quality was notified after a buildup of rags blocked a sewer main and caused a spill into Ellerbe Creek.

Stricter EPA Lead Rule Could Boost Water Pipe Replacement Demand

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced proposed updates to its lead rule for drinking water that could add demand for pipeline replacement projects throughout the United States.

Brooklyn Residents Upset Over “Massive Havoc” Caused by Infrastructure Project

Hundreds of residents in the Brooklyn are of New York City attended a meeting recently to voice their frustration over the disruptions caused by utility companies working on an infrastructure improvement project.

Water Environment Federation Names MS4 Award Winners

Twenty-two high-performing municipalities and one university received recognition in the fifth annual National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards, which celebrate administrators of municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) that perform beyond regulatory requirements.

Proposed Standard to Support Water Main Pipe Rehabilitation

A proposed ASTM International standard is being developed by its committee on plastic piping systems to be used in the rehabilitation of water mains.

Lane Wins First Washington Contract with $255 Million Seattle Project

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Queens, New York Breaks Ground on $139 Million Upgrade Project

A New York neighborhood has broken ground on a $139 million renovation across 25 blocks which will include, among other things, several miles of sewer and water infrastructure upgrades.

Plaquemines Parish Gets $4 million for Water Infrastructure

The federal government is giving one Louisiana parish a $4 million grant to help improve the water infrastructure.

Zimbabwe's Capital Resumes Pumping Water Temporarily

Zimbabwe’s capital Harare will temporarily resume pumping water at its main water works on Tuesday, an official said, bringing some relief to residents who have endured months without water.

Volunteers Canvass Newark in Service Line Replacement Push

Volunteers have been going door-to-door in Newark, New Jersey, to help sign up thousands of residents to have their corroding lead service lines replaced.

Zimbabwe's Capital Runs Dry as Taps Cut Off for 2M People

Tempers flared this week as more than 2 million residents of Zimbabwe's capital and surrounding towns found themselves without water after authorities shut down the main treatment plant, raising new fears about disease after a cholera outbreak while the economy crumbles even more.

Aqua Pennsylvania Acquires Delaware County Wastewater Assets

The municipal water authority for Delaware County, Pennsylvania, has agreed to sell its wastewater assets to a subsidiary of Aqua America for $276.5 million.

Trump Administration Drops Obama-Era Water Protection Rule

The Trump administration on Thursday revoked an Obama-era regulation that shielded many U.S. wetlands and streams from pollution but was opposed by developers and farmers who said it hurt economic development and infringed on property rights.

Michigan Offers Grants for Rural Industry, Infrastructure

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is offering grants supporting land-based industries and infrastructure that benefit rural communities.

Water Restored at Grand Canyon after Pipeline Break

Officials at the Grand Canyon have lifted water restrictions after fixing a pipeline break.