WaterWorks

Along Interstate 35, between Austin and San Antonio, the Texas Economic Miracle is thirsting for water. Tight restrictions on the Edwards Aquifer and the high costs of pipelines are choking off the potential growth of homes and businesses.

Aging infrastructure, population growth, legislative and legal developments have all contributed to an ongoing need to consider dynamic water management strategies and solutions while concurrently facing economic challenges.

Growing Blue announced that IBM, Xylem Inc. and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), represented by its Center for Sustainable Communities, have joined as new members of the Growing Blue network. The organizations will become part of Growing Blue's executive committee and will support its mission of raising awareness about water resource challenges and the need for thoughtful solutions.

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.

After 13 months of digging the New Irvington Tunnel in the state of California from four separate tunnel headings, miners from two of the headings have met up with each other underground.

U.S. Congressman Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio) recently urged water utility leaders to ask their Congressional representatives to co-sponsor draft legislation that would create a federal Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Authority (WIFIA).

EPA has awarded $388,000 to the City of Russell, KS, for improvements to its drinking water system. The project is expected to be completed by the fall of 2012.

State and federal agencies are proposing a giant canal or tunnel to divert a portion of California’s Sacramento River flow out of the San Joaquin Delta, carrying the water directly to export pumps already running near Tracy.

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

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) and six national water groups sent a letter to Congress urging the House and Senate to reject the offered reductions to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) and to maintain funding for these two key clean water programs at the FY12 levels.

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