June Newsline: Orlando's 5-year wastewater plan; IA sewer grant; Texas invests in wind and more

June 2010 Vol. 65 No. 6
  • $6.8 million for collections system projects
  • $15 million for lift station projects
  • $3.36 million for underground replacements projects
  • $21.9 million for treatment plant ¬improvements
  • $26.5 million for new biosolids treatment at Iron Bridge treatment plant

The city would use low-interest loans from the state to pay for 16 projects ranging from $500,000 to $11 million in construction costs. The city’s wastewater capacity fees fund, which generates about $20 million a year, would be used to repay the loans. The city has a 107.8 square-mile service area with 783 miles of sewer, 212 pumping stations and three treatment plants with a total capacity of 72.5 million gallons a day.

In 2009, the city approved a new wastewater rate schedule, with proposed annual rate increases ranging from 2.5 percent to 12 percent from 2009 to 2014, increasing the average resident’s bill to $10 per month for the next three years.

Ottumwa, IA awarded grant for sewer project
EPA has awarded $291,000 to Ottumwa, IA, for ongoing construction of a multi-phased combined sewer separation project.

EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks said, “Awarding these water infrastructure funds will help prolong the useful life of the existing system. Water infrastructure is a basic necessity to protect community health and prosperity.”

The purpose of the project is to eliminate combined sewer overflows and basement backups for residents on the south side of the Des Moines River in Ottumwa. This area of the city has recorded more than 500 basement backups over a 10-year period.

The project will also reduce the amount of phosphorous entering Oxbow Lake which has been identified as impaired by algae, turbidity and chlordane.

Texas invests in wind-power future
An assessment by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory estimates that Texas' wind power potential is at 6,527,850 gigawatt-hours per year, up from the previously estimated 1,190,000 GWh.

However, many of the wind turbines seen across the plains of West Texas and north to the Panhandle will remain idle.