May Newsline: Water rate increase for Sacramento, federal money in play for water/sewer upgrades

May 2009 Vol. 64 No. 5
  • $30 million to expand reservoirs at the Franklin water plant;
  • $20 million to increase sewer capacity in pipes to the McAlpine Creek plant to prevent spills caused by heavy rains
  • $2.9 million to reduce the amount of drinking water used to cool McAlpine’s pumps;
  • $385,000 to replace McAlpine’s digester pumps;
  • $2.6 million to renovate roofs, windows, walls and storage basins at the Vest water treatment plant;
  • $3.5 million to repair sewer mains and manholes;
  • $1.6 million to improve sewer pumps for the town of Davidson;
  • $1.9 million to clean and reline old water mains;
  • $600,000 to complete a mile of the Beatties Ford Road water main in Huntersville;
  • $565,000 to replace 4,500 feet of a water main along Albemarle Road;
  • $1.7 million to clean up the Wilora and Park Road Park ponds; and
  • $750,000 to recycle water at Revolution Park.

Barry Shearin, utilities chief engineer for Charlotte-Meklenburg Utilities, says the local projects face an uphill climb toward funding approval. The entire state has been allocated $67 million for those types of projects. That’s roughly the total cost for all the projects proposed here.

Cellular South expands broadband network in Mississippi

Cellular South is expanding its third-generation (3G) high-speed wireless mobile broadband services to 26 counties and 78 cities in Mississippi. It is planning 173 new sites across the state and will activate 50 of those sites this year.

Cellular South has invested $350 million in expanding its network in Mississippi, and the new expansion will include locations along the Delta, including Grenada and Washington counties. The company will introduce its 3G network in 78 cities during the second and third quarters of 2009. It currently offers that service in 80 cities and 25 counties in Mississippi. The goal is to reach two out of three Mississippi customers in 29 of the state’s 30 largest cities by the end of 2009.

Cellular South’s 3G network will allow customers to experience faster uploads and downloads when connecting to the Internet and provide access to new services such as video telephony, high-quality music and other multimedia applications.
The expansion could lead to long-term benefits for economic expansion in the state, says Gray Swoope, executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority.