Water

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

(UC) — 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. (photo: Lane Construction..

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.

U.S. Construction Spending Rose a Slight 0.1% in July

U.S. construction spending ticked up just 0.1% in July, aided by government spending on schools, sewers and the water supply.

Water Utilities Recognized For Forward-Thinking Initiatives

The Utility of the Future Today program announced it has recognized the efforts of 43 U.S. water utilities this year for their efforts to transform their operations through innovation and technology.

U.S. Water, Wastewater Costs on Rise

U.S. municipal water and wastewater utility bills grew at an inflation-adjusted 3.6% over the last year to an household average $104 per month, according to a new index, which has raised concerns about both affordability and volatility across regions.

Pennsylvania OKs $3.8M to Treat Chemicals in Drinking Water

Pennsylvania is marshaling more money to help pay for better water treatment in suburban Philadelphia communities where testing has shown tap water contaminated with toxic industrial compounds used in products like nonstick cookware, carpets, firefighting foam and fast-food wrappers.

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.