Water

North Carolina Rural Communities Getting Over $2 Million for Water Infrastructure Upgrades

The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) has approved grant requests to local governments in excess of $2.5 million to improve and update water and sewer infrastructure.

EPA Announces $40 Million Water Infrastructure Loan to Toho Water Authority

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a $40 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan to the Toho Water Authority in Kissimmee, Florida.

Wisconsin Assembly to Vote on Bills Fighting Water Pollution

A bipartisan, $10 million package of more than a dozen bills designed to combat groundwater contamination in Wisconsin is slated for approval in the state assembly.

23rd Annual Municipal Sewer/Water Infrastructure Forecast

It’s a presidential election year, and usually that spells trouble for public works funding programs. However, for the sewer, water and stormwater markets, that doesn’t seem to be the case in 2020. Cities expect spending to be stable, or even grow.

Feds to Fund Water Infrastructure Projects in Four States

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of $2.7 billion for infrastructure projects that help protect surface water and provide safe drinking water to communities across the country.

Mexican Farmers Take Over Dams to Stop Water Payments to U.S.

A dispute over water payments to the United States widened in Mexico Wednesday, after President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador said Mexico has to pay its debts but angry farmers pushed back National Guard troops guarding a dam.

Rio Police Investigate Utility, Workers for Smelly Water

Rio de Janeiro police are investigating workers at a state utility after foul-smelling tap water began flowing into dozens of neighborhoods in the Brazilian city last month, raising health concerns and sparking a run on bottled water.

Water Company Pleads Guilty to Hazardous Waste Violations

A California company that produces Crystal Geyser bottled water pleaded guilty to illegally storing and transporting hazardous waste and agreed to a $5 million fine, federal prosecutors said.

EPA Announces $2.2 Million Grant for Drinking Water Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a $2.2 million grant for Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington to help identify sources of lead in drinking water in schools and child-care facilities.

Middlesex Water Company Investing $11.2 Million To Upgrade New Jersey Water Mains

Middlesex Water Company has announced plans to invest $11.2 million to improve drinking water infrastructure in New Jersey.

U.S. Indian Bureau Violates Water Repairs Order

Federal environmental regulators say the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs violated an order to repair a public water supply system serving about 1,300 people on the Crow Indian Reservation in southeastern Montana.

U.S. Supreme Court Will Not Hear Flint Water Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to take a case stemming from the 2014 water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

Two Cities Add HDPE for Reliable Water Infrastructure

The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. This is a dependable indicator in psychology, but two cities in Minnesota found this to be especially true when applied to pipe performance.

2020 Outlook and Utility & Communications Construction Update

The United States construction market is steady and growing slightly amidst the second-longest period of sustained economic expansion since 1964. Despite fears of an impending slowdown, FMI Research projects that construction put-in-place will increase year-over-year by slightly less than 1 percent in 2019 (down from 3 percent in 2018).

$234 Billion CAPEX Expected over Next 10 Years for Water/Wastewater Infrastructure

More than $234 billion of capital expenditures (CAPEX) are forecasted over the next decade to address aging municipal water and wastewater pipe network infrastructure. Precipitated by decades of underinvestment, municipal utilities are under increasing pressure to address deteriorating linear assets at a faster pace.

LAN Starts Construction of Conroe Treatment Plant

LEM Construction Co has begun construction of a $60 million wastewater treatment plant for the City of Conroe, the fast-growing seat of Montgomery County, located north of Houston.

New Mexico Communities get Funding for Water Projects

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is directing nearly $34 million in federal funding for improvements to water and wastewater systems in New Mexico, including projects at Laguna Pueblo and the cities of Lordsburg and Truth or Consequences.

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

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy has announced that the department is investing $635 million in 122 projects to improve water systems and wastewater handling services in rural communities in 42 states.

Smelly Rio de Janeiro Water Supply has Residents on Edge

There’s a creeping sense of alarm in Rio de Janeiro after more than a week of foul tasting and smelling tap water in dozens of neighborhoods. Officials say the water is safe, but rumors are flying, and residents are hoarding bottled water.

New Jersey Capital City Spending $150 Million to Replace Lead Pipes

All 37,000 of the lead water pipes in New Jersey’s capital city will be replaced over the next five years at an estimated cost of $150 million, Trenton officials said Thursday.

NJ American Water to Purchase Long Hill Township Sewer System

New Jersey American Water said it has signed an agreement to acquire the wastewater assets of the Township of Long Hill, N.J. for $12.7 million.

US: Barrel Company Used Hidden Drain to Pollute County Sewer

A Seattle barrel company indicted in a "long-running pollution conspiracy" is accused of using a hidden drain to pump caustic wastewater directly into the King County sewer system.

Judge Recommends Georgia Prevail in Water War with Florida

A federal judge is recommending that Georgia prevail in a longstanding legal battle with Florida over water consumption from rivers shared by the states, though the final decision rests with the U.S. Supreme Court.

Austin Approves $78 Million Wastewater Upgrades

The Austin City Council this week approveda $78 million project to expand the capacity of its wastewater treatment facility to 10.4 million gallons per day (MGD) from 8.475.

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.