Water

Flooding worsens water infrastructure crisis in Mississippi capital

Mississippi's governor declared a state of emergency after excessive rainfall worsened problems in one of Jackson’s already troubled water-treatment plants. The problems are causing low water pressure through much of the city.

California counties divvy up $40 million drought grant for water infrastructure upgrades

In an effort to help small communities address water supply challenges amid the drought crisis in the state, California's Department of Water Resources has awarded $40 million to 15 projects to make pipeline replacements and other infrastructure upgrades to improve water resilience and water quality.

Cities unable to access underground lead pipes to miss out on funding for upgrades

In many cities, no one knows where the lead pipes lie underground, so that means as billions of dollars in new federal funding becomes available to address the problem, some places are in a better position than others to quickly apply for funds and start digging.

EPA official tours Flint’s upgraded water infrastructure

Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 administrator Debra Shore visited Flint, Michigan, this week to inspect the city’s upgraded water infrastructure.

Jacobs to design infrastructure for Ireland’s $1.5 billion wastewater program

Jacobs has been selected as a design consultant for Northern Ireland Water's Major Project Partnership Framework, a $1.5 billion capital program set to deliver large-scale water and wastewater projects across Northern Ireland.

Arkansas water utility votes to proceed with sewer expansion project in Desha County

The Southside Public Water Authority Board of Directors recently voted to proceed with construction of a wastewater expansion project that will provide sewer to customers along Highway 25/14 and Fred St. in Desha County, Arkansas.

Underground water system faces contamination due to Mexican train project

Mexico’s ambitious Maya Train project is supposed to bring development to the Yucatan Peninsula, but along the country’s Caribbean coast the Indigenous Mayan people fear the project will pollute the fragile underground cave systems that supplies the community with water.

Water crisis looms without big cuts to over-tapped Colorado River

The cuts would force hard decisions about who has to live with less. Water bills could rise as states tap other sources and adopt technology such as wastewater recycling to make up the difference.

Marine Corps, EPA partner to improve stormwater management in Hawaii

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has entered an agreement with the U.S. Marine Corps to make improvements related to stormwater discharges at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH) located on the Mokapu Peninsula of Kaneohe, Oahu.

Missouri American Water invests $5 million to replace 1930s water mains in Affton

The company is upgrading the aging 8- and 12-inch cast-iron water mains that were installed in the 1930s with new 12-inch and 16-inch ductile iron mains.

Car swallowed by sinkhole caused by water main break in Boston

A break in a 20-inch (51-centimeter) water main in Boston sent water rushing down a city street, formed a sinkhole that swallowed a vehicle, and flooded area basements, city officials said.

Judge declares mistrial in engineers' Flint water trial

A judge declared a mistrial Thursday after jurors said they couldn't reach a unanimous verdict in a dispute over whether two engineering firms should bear some responsibility for Flint's lead-contaminated water.

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Tampa Planning $200 Million Water Infrastructure Repair Project, Detroit-area Utility Denies Responsibility for 2021 Storm Flooding, ASCE Publishes Updated Utility Standards, Navajo Leaders Finalize Plans for $215 Million in Water Improvements and more.

Pressure mounts to fix water issues in Mississippi capital

A business group and one of Mississippi’s largest unions have issued separate statements urging renewed action to address Jackson’s “water crisis.”

Kalamazoo, Mich., receives $1 million grant to replace lead water lines

The city of Kalamazoo has been awarded a $1 million grant to support the continuation of a proactive annual capital improvement program to replace lead service lines that have been in place for more than 20 years, MLive Michigan reported on Tuesday.

Infrastructure damaged by war heightens water crisis for Ukrainian city

Fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces near the key city in the Donetsk region has damaged vital infrastructure that has cut residents off from gas and water for months.

Massachusetts town votes to replace aging water line following complaints

The Select Board for a town in Massachusetts recently voted 3-0 to appropriate $448,000 for work to replace an aging water line that has been the source of complaints from Hadley residents, the Amherst Bulletin reported on Monday.

Missouri city officials set to begin construction on new water pipeline in winter

This winter, a Missouri utility company will begin construction on a new five-mile water pipeline that will supply Eureka with water from a St. Louis County system, according to KTVI Fox 2 News.

EPA issues guidance to help communities locate dangerous lead water pipes

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is releasing guidance that will help communities and water utilities identify lead pipes that connect drinking water service to homes and other buildings.

Missouri American Water acquires Eureka Water and Wastewater, plans pipeline construction

Missouri American Water announced the completion of the company’s acquisition of the City of Eureka water and wastewater systems, which serve approximately 4,000 water customers and 4,000 wastewater customers.

Pipeline developer reaches settlement in residential water contamination case

Dallas-based Energy Transfer Operating agreed to independent testing of homeowners' water and promised to remediate contamination in a settlement of two separate criminal cases brought by the Pennsylvania attorney general.

Houston officials consider $30 billion tunnel project to curb impact of future floods

The Harris County Flood Control District is considering building a series of eight large-diameter stormwater tunnels underground to alleviate the region's centuries-long flooding, according to the Stormwater Report.

North Carolina receives $789.4 million in funding for drinking water, wastewater projects

Governor Roy Cooper announced on July 27 that communities statewide will receive a record $789.4 million in water and wastewater infrastructure funding to help pay for 385 projects statewide, including 140 construction projects.

Infrastructure damage hinders flood recovery efforts in Kentucky

Damage to critical infrastructure and the arrival of more heavy rains hampered efforts Sunday to help Kentucky residents hit by recent massive flooding, Gov. Andy Beshear said.

New York wastewater infrastructure rated ‘poor’ by engineering group

Out of more than 35,000 miles of sewers in New York State, about 40% are more than 60 years old, leading The American Society of Civil Engineers to give the wastewater infrastructure a D+ in its 2022 Report Card for New York’s infrastructure.

California submits proposal for 45-mile underground water tunnel

A new plan to reroute how water moves from wetter Northern California to drier Southern California would ferry some of it through a single, 45-mile (72-km) underground tunnel, wrapping around the state’s existing water delivery system and dumping it into the main aqueduct that flows south to vast swaths of farmland and millions of people.

Audit: California too slow to repair infrastructure of contaminated water systems

The water that comes out of the tap for more than 900,000 Californians is unsafe to drink and the state isn’t acting fast enough to help clean it up, state auditors said in a report.

Water main break floods Hollywood street, requiring 2 to be rescued

Two motorists had to be rescued from a swamped car when a water main break flooded a Hollywood street.

Defense seeks sanctions against prosecutors in Flint water case

Lawyers for Michigan’s former health director asked a judge Monday to sanction prosecutors who are trying to instantly turn invalid indictments into a fresh round of charges in the Flint water scandal.

Colorado OKs $17 million for drought, aging water infrastructure projects

The Colorado Water Conservation Board has unanimously approved the Governor Jared Polis’ request for $17 million to kick-start local-level implementation of the recently updated Colorado Water Plan.