WaterWorks News: Jackson main breakages, stimulus at work in Kennebunkport, Alaska water quality improvement projects and more

March 2010 Vol. 65 No. 3
Workers repairing breaks in Jackson, MS' water mains.

The $1.9 billion pipeline is a joint project with Dallas Water Utilities. It would run from Lake Palestine to Benbrook Lake and add 197 million gallons a day for the water district. Tarrant Regional already has two pipelines bringing water from the Cedar Creek and Richland Chambers reservoirs in East Texas.

For Dallas, the pipeline would connect the city with Lake Palestine for the first time and add 150 million gallons per day.

The water district, which supplies water to 11 counties, hopes to have a contract with Dallas Water Utilities by March.

The design phase will continue through 2013, with construction set to start in 2014, said David Marshall, engineering services director.

The Tarrant district hopes to have the added capacity by 2018, when new supplies will be needed.

At the time of this release, the district had not received the water development funds. The financial aid is in the form of a loan with some of the interest and principal payments deferred and the rest repaid at a lower interest rate, an official said.

Water theft prevention in California
California American Water is on the lookout for instances of water theft, a crime that often occurs when water is taken from a fire hydrant without the required authorizations. In conjunction with the Ventura County District Attorney's Office, California American Water hosted a briefing for the Ventura County Sheriff's Department covering topics including: the mechanics of water theft; what to look for in the field; and how the company is working to prevent individuals from stealing water.

Contractors who need to use water from a fire hydrant for any project are required to apply for and obtain a hydrant meter from California American Water. Applications are available at California American Water's local office in Newbury Park, located at 2439 West Hillcrest Drive, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Once an application is approved, California American Water will issue a portable water meter, which ensures that any water taken from a fire hydrant will be measured and billed.

California American Water wants people to understand that taking water from an unmetered source, including fire hydrants, without the appropriate tools and approval is against the law. Unless they are with the fire department, hydrants are off-limits without prior authorization.

All of California American Water's field staff have been trained to investigate fire hydrant use. When company representatives find a hydrant connection without a meter, they are trained to notify local law enforcement.