Water

Gas driller pleads no contest to polluting town’s water

Pennsylvania’s most active gas driller pleaded no contest Tuesday to criminal charges, capping a landmark environmental case against a company that prosecutors say polluted a rural community’s drinking water 14 years ago and then tried to evade responsibility.

Justice Department intervenes for struggling water system in Jackson, Mississippi

The Justice Department made a rare intervention Tuesday to try to bring improvements in the beleaguered water system in Mississippi's capital city, which nearly collapsed in late summer and continues to struggle.

EPA reports significant drop in Clean Water Act violations

(UC) — The number of Clean Water Act breaches recorded to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reduced by more than half in the years after an interstate compliance agreement, according to the EPA, which revealed the figures on Tuesday.

Avanti adds grouts to growing NSF certified product line

(UC) – Avanti International’s AV-150 Acrylate Gel and AV-278 Low Vis Hydro are now certified by the Water Quality Association (WQA) as tested and certified as complying with NSF/ANSI/CAN 61 - Drinking Water System Components.

Idaho Water Board approves $14.1 million loan for aquifer recharge project

(WO) – The Idaho Water Resource Board has approved a $14.1 million loan to the Raft River Recharge Group on Nov. 25 to help finance the construction of a pump station on the Snake River, a 13-mile pipeline and recharge basins to add water to a declining aquifer in an existing critical ground water management area.

Water boil order issued for more than 2 million in Houston

More than 2 million people in the Houston area were under a boil order notice Monday after a power outage caused low pressure at a water purification plant, officials said.

Southland wins $59 million contract to construct water pipeline in New Mexico

(UC) — Southland Holdings LLC has been awarded a $59 million contract to construct a water pipeline project for the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority. The scope of work includes constructing approximately 15 miles of water pipeline in Clovis, New Mexico.

Global Water Resources to provide water services to new manufacturing facility in Arizona

(UC) — Global Water Resources Inc. has received a certificate of convenience and a permit from the Arizona Corporation Commission to provide water, wastewater and recycled water services to Procter & Gamble Co.’s new manufacturing facility in Coolidge, Arizona.

CHA expands wastewater services with acquisition of specialized water firm Eckler Engineering

(UC) — CHA Consulting Inc. (CHA), an innovative engineering design, consulting and construction management firm, has continued its expansion in Florida with the acquisition of Eckler Engineering Inc., a specialized civil engineering firm focused on water and wastewater services.

Northwest Pipe Company to manufacture engineered steel pressure Texas pipeline project

(UC) — Northwest Pipe Co. has been selected by S.J. Louis Construction and Alliance Regional Water Authority to produce engineered steel pressure pipe for Alliance Regional Water Authority Phase 1B-Segment D. Phase 1B is the second and largest phase of construction for this major water infrastructure project that will deliver approximately 5,500 acre-feet of water per year across Central Texas.

Public utility to pipe water to residents of 'Gasland' town

A new water line will deliver something that residents of a rural Pennsylvania community have gone without for the last 14 years — a clean, reliable supply of drinking water — after a public utility on Tuesday released the first details of a plan to mitigate the damage that a gas driller is charged with causing.

House Democrats request review of local water utilities

Amid an investigation into the water crisis in Mississippi's capital city, two congressional Democrats are requesting a review of the federal government's efforts to maintain local water utilities.

Prosecutors, utility huddle with residents of 'Gasland' town regarding polluted drinking water

Residents of a rural community whose drinking water has been contaminated for 14 years met Monday night with high-level officials in the Pennsylvania attorney general's office, a clear indication of movement in the state's long-running criminal case against a gas driller charged with polluting the aquifer.

Oregon granted $6.6 million in funding for water projects

(UC) — The Oregon Water Resources Control Board awarded $6.6 million to two irrigation efficiency projects, an aquifer recharge plan, and additional funding for a grant that had already been authorized, the Capital Press reported.

EPA awards Hawaii $23.3 million for infrastructure projects to protect surface, drinking water

(UC) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Hawaii $23,319,000 million in funding to assist states, tribes and territories with infrastructure projects that help protect surface water and provide safe drinking water to communities across the state.

$410 million awarded to Missouri for wastewater, stormwater infrastructure upgrades

(UC) — Governor Mike Parson announced on Nov. 18 that the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded Missouri $410 million to help improve drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure as well as lead service line inventories.

Clark County, Wash. probing businesses to clean stormwater catch basins

(UC) — As part of the Catch Basin Cleanout Program, Clark County Public Works is looking for quotations from companies that can clean stormwater catch basins that are privately owned.

EPA leader listens to water concerns in Mississippi capital

EPA Administrator Michael Regan said Tuesday that the agency is still working on a plan to bring long-term improvements to the water system in Mississippi’s capital city, which came perilously close to collapsing more than two months ago.

Pennsylvania’s wastewater infrastructure rated “poor” by engineering group

The Pennsylvania Council of the American Society of Civil Engineers released the 2022 Report Card for Pennsylvania's Infrastructure on Tuesday, where 15 categories of infrastructure received an overall grade of a “C-”. Specifically, the state’s water infrastructure received a grade of “D”. According to the report, a C is considered “mediocre” while a D is “poor.”

Mississippi capital to hire emergency water plant workers

JACKSON, Miss (AP) — Local officials in Mississippi’s capital city, where a late summer water crisis upended life for 150,00 people, have approved an emergency plan to increase staffing at the city’s two water treatment plants.

California sues over 'forever chemicals' that taint water

A lawsuit filed Thursday by the state of California accuses 3M, Dupont and 16 smaller companies of covering up the harm caused to the environment and the public from chemicals manufactured by the firms that have over decades found their way into waterways and human bloodstreams.

Michigan receives $500 million investment to rebuild water infrastructure

(UC) — Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Oct. 1 announced MI Clean Water, a $500 million plan to address water infrastructure investments to Michigan’s water systems.

Mississippi governor responds to Congress on Jackson water crisis

(UC) – Governor Tate Reeves officially responded to a letter sent by Rep. Carolyn Maloney and Rep. Bennie Thompson which raised a series of concerns about the Jackson Water Crisis.

EPA awards California $253 million for infrastructure to support safe drinking water

(UC) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awarding California $252,873,000 from the State Revolving Funds to assist with infrastructure projects that protect surface water and provide safe drinking water across the state.

US military finishes draining Pearl Harbor fuel pipelines

The U.S. military said it's finished draining three pipelines connecting Pearl Harbor to a fuel storage facility that last year spilled jet fuel into the military installation's tap water and sickened 6,000 people.

Mississippi capital to receive $35.6 million in federal water funds

Mississippi officials on Friday approved the city of Jackson's request for $35.6 million in federal funds to help fix its crumbling water infrastructure, following this summer's flooding-induced breakdowns that left 150,000 people without running water for days.

EPA to conduct first official test of Puerto Rico’s water since Hurricane Fiona

The EPA said it would invest $100,000 in two pilot projects for the southern coastal city of Guayama, where it will sample air and drinking water wells near where coal combustion residues were buried by the AES power plant.

When destitute small towns mean dangerous tap water

While failures of big city water systems attract the attention, it's small communities like Keystone, West Virginia, that more often are left unprotected by destitute and unmaintained water providers.

Governor Hochul reveals first round of New York water projects to receive $176 million assistance

(UC) — Governor Kathy Hochul on Thursday announced the first projects in New York State to receive $176 million in financial assistance for clean water infrastructure improvements as part of funding under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

Pflugerville, Texas, receives $52 million loan to modernize drinking water infrastructure

(UC) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a $52 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act loan to Pflugerville, Texas. The city will utilize the loan to upgrade its drinking water infrastructure and establish new pretreatment and filtration technologies to enhance the disinfection process in its water systems.