Sewer

Sewer emergency in Cape Cod resort town closes businesses

Thunderstorms brought “larger than normal wastewater volume” into the sewer system, causing overflows and damage, requiring restaurants and other food establishments to close immediately.

Connecticut receives $580 million in funding for sewer system improvements

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced a $580 million investment in construction-ready municipal water pollution control projects to protect the state's waters from sewage pollution and improve water quality.

University of Minnesota Minneapolis suffers second sewer gas leak in weeks

Fire officials have lifted an evacuation order issued for several buildings on the University of Minnesota’s Minneapolis campus due to a suspected gas leak.

EPA promises assistance for repairs in towns plagued by raw sewage

Federal officials said the new pilot program will help 11 communities assess their sewage problems, plan improvements and receive the financial and technical help to make those plans real.

North Carolina receives $789.4 million in funding for drinking water, wastewater projects

Governor Roy Cooper announced on July 27 that communities statewide will receive a record $789.4 million in water and wastewater infrastructure funding to help pay for 385 projects statewide, including 140 construction projects.

New York wastewater infrastructure rated ‘poor’ by engineering group

Out of more than 35,000 miles of sewers in New York State, about 40% are more than 60 years old, leading The American Society of Civil Engineers to give the wastewater infrastructure a D+ in its 2022 Report Card for New York’s infrastructure.

Curtin Creek sewer project to receive $1.6 million in federal funding

Clark Regional Wastewater District (District) will receive $1.6 million in state and federal grant funding for the construction of the Curtin Creek Septic Elimination Program, the agency said on July 11.

Tampa planning $200 million water infrastructure repair project

The City of Tampa, Florida, is replacing dozens of miles of aging underground pipes in several neighborhoods, which should improve water pressure and water quality

Detroit-area utility says it’s not responsible for flooding from 2021 storm

A Detroit-area water utility said will deny flooding claims stemming from a damaging storm last summer based on an independent review that found the flooding was caused by the amount of rainfall and not a defect in its wastewater collection and pumping system.

US awards $1.5 million grant to Oxford, Ala., for drainage improvements

The U.S. Secretary of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded a $1.5 million grant to the city of Oxford, Alabama, to make infrastructure upgrades, which includes drainage improvements and the resurfacing of Bynum Cutoff Road.

Navajo president allocates $215 million in federal aid for water infrastructure improvements

Navajo Nation leaders have finalized an agreement on spending priorities for more than $1 billion in federal pandemic relief to improve water, sanitation, housing and communications infrastructure.

US invests $2 million to replace aging water infrastructure in West Monroe, La.

The U.S. Secretary of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded a $2 million grant to the city of West Monroe, Louisiana, to replace aging sewer infrastructure.

Islip, NY receives $7.2 million grant to build new sewer pipe

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration has awarded a $7.2 million grant to the town of Islip, New York, for construction of a new sewer pipe to support local businesses.

Tech Tips: Structural Rehabilitation of Manholes

According to published reports, it is estimated that there are over 20 million manholes in the USA and many of them have reached or exceeded their expected service life.

Asset Management: One Street at a Time

Trees have elaborate root systems that invade sanitary sewer pipes and can clog or block sewage flow. Roots are a primary cause of sewer system overflows (SSOs).

New York governor rolls out $255 million in grants for water infrastructure upgrades

New York Governor Kathy Hochul has made $255 million available in state grants for critical water and sewer infrastructure projects that will protect the state's public health and the environment, the governor said on Thursday.

Calgary responds to more than 7,000 sewer clogs in one year

Calgary, Alberta, is hoping to inform residents about the dangers of flushing single-use wipes down the toilet, as it is causing a strain for the city’s wastewater crews.

Parts of Minnesota campus evacuated after sewer explosion

Authorities were monitoring buildings for natural gas leaks and have evacuated a portion of the campus. The fire department tweeted that the incident was likely a flammable gas spill rather than natural gas in the sewer.

KUB continues investment in East Tennessee water, sewer, natural gas, and fiber optic infrastructure

As infrastructure across the U.S. ages and communities begin to feel the impact, Knoxville Utilities Board continues what it started 15 years ago to ensure its safe and reliable utility services do not suffer as a result of aging infrastructure.

Boston commissioners advance $150 million sewer separation project

The Boston Water and Sewer Commission has advanced the next phase of the East Boston Sewer Separation project, involving separating approximately 230 acres of combined sewer area, along with installing new storm drains, updating existing sewers, replacing adjacent aging water mains, and modifying existing regulator structures.

West Virginia getting $21 million in federal funding for water infrastructure

West Virginia senators announced grants and loans totaling about $21.5 million to help improve water infrastructure in rural communities.

PCCA Maintains Aggressive Agenda at 77th Annual Convention

Power & Communication Contractors Association (PCCA) Chairman Bob Breeden, ElectriCom, Inc., looked around the crowded ballroom at the opening session of the 77th Annual PCCA Convention, smiled, and thanked members for showing up in such strong numbers: 405 total and 250 primary attendees, more first-timers than ever before, and a record number of sponsors.

Inflation rates taking toll on new US infrastructure projects

Inflation is taking a toll on infrastructure projects across the U.S., driving up costs so much that state and local officials are postponing projects, scaling back others and reprioritizing their needs.

Michigan officials believe chemical company likely source of Flint River spill

The spill, which started Wednesday, was coming from a storm sewer that discharges into the Flint River.

$1 Billion Wastewater Plant Upgrade Leverages Modern Solutions

Across North America, population booms are putting pressure on the capacity limitations of aging municipal wastewater treatment plants.

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Water company fined $1.2 million for sewage discharge into Rio Grande

The New Mexico Environment Department has fined El Paso Water $1.2 million for allegedly discharging more than 1 billion gallons of raw sewage into the Rio Grande in Sunland Park.

Rhode Island wastewater plant still discharging partly treated sewage into Blackstone River

A wastewater treatment plant in Rhode Island has been discharging sewage that’s only partly treated into the Blackstone River all week, state environmental officials said.

Vermont governor approves $104 million budget for water infrastructure projects

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott has signed an $8.1 billion state budget into law that delegates $104 million to water, sewer and stormwater infrastructure projects.

North Dakota landfill OK'd for radioactive oilfield waste

North Dakota regulators approved a permit for a landfill near Williston that aims to become the state's first to accept radioactive oilfield waste.