Water

EPA awards $1.3 billion for water infrastructure upgrades to 18 states

Using money from the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has granted 18 states more than $1.3 billion for water infrastructure upgrades.

Alabama approves $348 million for water, sewer repair projects

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management awarded $348 million in grants and loans to repair and upgrade crumbling, malfunctioning and overwhelmed water and sewer systems in Alabama, benefiting residents in nearly three-quarters of the state’s counties.

Water restrictions lifted in LA County after pipeline repair

Water officials lifted a temporary ban on outdoor watering in parts of Los Angeles County after emergency repairs were completed on a pipeline that brings Colorado River water to Southern California.

Connecticut governor commends $53 million award from EPA to improve water infrastructure

(UC) — Governor Ned Lamont applauded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement that Connecticut would receive over $53 million in federal funding from President Joe Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for water infrastructure improvements.

Water.org unveils $1 billion plan for water access in Africa, Asia, Latin America

The Water.org Water & Climate Fund plans to use $50 million in philanthropic money to create a billion-dollar investment portfolio to help bring new water delivery and wastewater treatment projects to underserved communities, then use those communities’ utility bills to fund further projects.

State cracks down on Flint company after Flint River spill

State regulators on Monday ordered a Flint chemical company to truck wastewater to a water treatment plant, weeks after it was blamed for an oily discharge in the Flint River.

Racism seen as root of water crisis in Mississippi capital

Jackson had already been under a state health department boil-water notice for a month when flooding back in August overwhelmed the treatment system. Water pressure abruptly dropped, emptying faucets for days. How did this happen? Residents, politicians, experts and activists say systemic racism is the root cause.

Lawyer: Mississippi capital’s water issues to be best handled by court system

(UC) — A New York City-based attorney who has filed federal lawsuits against Jackson, Mississippi, since October 2021 thinks the court system is best suited to handle the decades of neglect that led to the current infrastructure crisis.

Sacramento Water Works recognized as a Historic Civil Engineering Landmark

Communities often don’t recognize the importance of civil engineering works until they face monumental challenges, which is what happened in Sacramento during the 1850s. The American Society of Civil Engineers recognized the city's Water Works as a Historic Civil Engineering Landmark.

$40 million Detroit project to increase capacity in local, regional sewer system

(UC) — The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department has revealed a five-year, $40 million project that redirects rainwater and snowmelt from a westside neighborhood into two new detention basins, as well as provides other neighborhood improvements.

Prosecutors in Hawaii unseal public corruption, bribery case surrounding wastewater contracts

Milton Choy, the owner of a Honolulu company that provides wastewater services and supplies, is accused of bribing Stewart Olani Stant, who was a wastewater manager and then director of the Maui County Department of Environmental Management.

Grand Canyon’s South Rim restricting water after waterline breaks

The South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park will begin phasing into greater water restrictions and conservation measures due to a series of breaks in the Transcanyon Waterline.

EPA inspector general probes Mississippi capital water woes

An independent watchdog in the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday it’s being brought in to investigate the troubled water system in Mississippi’s capital city.

Baltimore lifts boil water advisory after bacteria tests

Baltimore officials have fully lifted a boil water advisory for the western part of the city, days after bacteria was detected in water supply samples.

EPA blocked from appealing key ruling as Flint residents pursue water claims

A judge blocked the Environmental Protection Agency from appealing a key ruling in a long-running lawsuit claiming negligence by the federal government in Flint’s lead-contaminated water in 2014-15.

NYC housing complex water OK after incorrect arsenic reading

Water at a public housing complex is OK to drink after earlier tests incorrectly showed the presence of arsenic, city officials said Saturday.

Governor Hochul awards $232 million for water infrastructure projects across New York

Governor Kathy Hochul has authorized more than $232 million to seven municipalities for drinking water and sewer infrastructure projects across New York, the governor announced last week.

Judge: Pipeline can operate on Indian reservation amid reroute work

The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa sued Enbridge in 2019 demanding it remove the section of line that runs across the tribe's reservation in Ashland County. The tribe is concerned the pipeline could rupture and contaminate its drinking water.

Mississippi business owner pleads guilty in clean water case

The co-owner of a Mississippi fat and oil recycling business has pleaded guilty for his role in illegally discharging industrial waste into the City of Jackson’s sewer system, federal prosecutors said.

Flooding submerges pumps, cuts water supply for thousands in Georgia

It’s the second time in recent years that some Summerville residents have gone without clean water. In 2020, the city advised residents not to drink the water, although they could still use it for other things, after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found high levels of some chemicals.

Court upholds block on 72-mile pipeline, halting 40 million gallons of water to Colorado residents

(UC) — The Colorado Court of Appeals has upheld Larimer County’s decision to deny the permit tied to the construction of a 72-mile pipeline meant to funnel water from the Cache La Poudre River to residents in Denver, Colorado, the Denver Post reported last week.

Pipe repair forces ban on watering in some LA County areas

A 15-day ban on outdoor watering went into effect Tuesday in parts of Los Angeles County so that repairs can be made to a major pipeline that delivers Colorado River water to seven cities and four local water districts.

Explainer: Mississippi capital’s water infrastructure problems extensive

Mississippi’s capital city is struggling with the near collapse of its water system, prompting emergency declarations from President Joe Biden and Gov. Tate Reeves.

4 families sue US over Navy jet fuel-tainted tap water in Hawaii

The U.S. Navy “harbored toxic secrets” when jet fuel contaminated drinking water for 93,000 military members and civilians in Hawaii, according to a lawsuit filed by four families who say they’re still suffering from seizures, gastrointestinal disorders and neurological issues.

Water company fined for violating drinking water regulations at Oxford treatment plant

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has assessed a $13,500 penalty to the Aquarion Water Company for violating drinking water regulations at its Oxford water treatment plant after a customer notified MassDEP of "slippery" water while showering, resulting in a skin rash.

Jackson water crisis forces residents to find alternatives

Beyond addressing the immediate crisis, Biden said he wants to provide federal support for the long-term effort to rebuild Jackson’s aging water infrastructure, which has been unreliable for years.

Mississippi capital: Water everywhere, but none to drink

Mississippi’s capital city is grappling with multiple water problems — there’s been too much on the ground after heavy rainfall in the past week, and not enough safe water coming through the pipes for people to use.

Water pipeline repair requires ban on LA County outdoor watering

The pipeline, called the Upper Feeder, will be shut down Sept. 6-20. A leak was discovered in April and a temporary fix was put in place while Metropolitan fabricated parts for a longer-term repair.

West Virginia receives $75 million grant to improve drinking water, wastewater systems

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a $75 million award for critical infrastructure improvements in West Virginia’s Greenbrier County to support clean drinking water and sanitary wastewater systems.

Vermont to use $200 million in federal funds to restore aging water infrastructure

(UC) — Governor Phil Scott and Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Julie Moore on Tuesday visited the Royalton Water Treatment Facility project and highlighted the substantial investments secured this year in water, sewer and stormwater infrastructure, and climate resiliency.