Water Works

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) is encouraged by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent Memorandum committing to a dialogue with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, NACWA, and other key stakeholders on the financial capability of communities to meet their Clean Water Act (CWA) obligations.

Hanson Pressure Pipe has expanded the manufacturing capabilities at its Palatka, FL, plant, enabling increased production of larger-diameter, longer-laying lengths of B-303 Bar-Wrapped Concrete Cylinder Pipe (B-303). The first B-303 installation project since the enhancement is taking place in Portsmouth, VA, utilizing 36-inch diameter, 32-feet long pipes.

The Pennsylvania Senate has unanimously passed Senator Ted Erickson’s Senate Bill 1261 allowing municipalities to create stormwater authorities.

EPA has awarded $123,000 to the city of Wichita, KS, for improvements to its storm sewer system. The project is expected to be completed by the fall of 2012.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the state of Illinois announced a Clean Water Act (CWA) settlement with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) to resolve claims that untreated sewer discharges were released into Chicago area waterways during flood and wet weather events.

EPA has awarded $1,455,000 to the city of Lee’s Summit, MO, for improvements to its sewer system. The project is expected to be completed by the summer of 2014.

The Birmingham Water Works Board is distancing itself from Jefferson County’s financial woes following a filing on Nov. 9 of the largest government bankruptcy in U.S. history, according to an article in The Birmingham News.

EPA has awarded $534,000 to the city of Lincoln, NE, for improvements to the Theresa Street Wastewater Treatment Facility, which is expected to be completed by the spring of 2013.

The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) signed a consent decree on Aug. 5 with regulators and environmentalists to make extensive improvements to its sewer systems and treatment plants, at an estimated cost of $4.7 billion over 23 years.

The Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) received an unprecedented number of pre-proposals seeking funding for stormwater management research under its 2011 Unsolicited Research Program.

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