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Judge declares mistrial in engineers' Flint water trial

A judge declared a mistrial Thursday after jurors said they couldn't reach a unanimous verdict in a dispute over whether two engineering firms should bear some responsibility for Flint's lead-contaminated water.

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Tampa Planning $200 Million Water Infrastructure Repair Project, Detroit-area Utility Denies Responsibility for 2021 Storm Flooding, ASCE Publishes Updated Utility Standards, Navajo Leaders Finalize Plans for $215 Million in Water Improvements and more.

Pressure mounts to fix water issues in Mississippi capital

A business group and one of Mississippi’s largest unions have issued separate statements urging renewed action to address Jackson’s “water crisis.”

Kalamazoo, Mich., receives $1 million grant to replace lead water lines

The city of Kalamazoo has been awarded a $1 million grant to support the continuation of a proactive annual capital improvement program to replace lead service lines that have been in place for more than 20 years, MLive Michigan reported on Tuesday.

Infrastructure damaged by war heightens water crisis for Ukrainian city

Fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces near the key city in the Donetsk region has damaged vital infrastructure that has cut residents off from gas and water for months.

Massachusetts town votes to replace aging water line following complaints

The Select Board for a town in Massachusetts recently voted 3-0 to appropriate $448,000 for work to replace an aging water line that has been the source of complaints from Hadley residents, the Amherst Bulletin reported on Monday.

Missouri city officials set to begin construction on new water pipeline in winter

This winter, a Missouri utility company will begin construction on a new five-mile water pipeline that will supply Eureka with water from a St. Louis County system, according to KTVI Fox 2 News.

EPA issues guidance to help communities locate dangerous lead water pipes

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is releasing guidance that will help communities and water utilities identify lead pipes that connect drinking water service to homes and other buildings.

Missouri American Water acquires Eureka Water and Wastewater, plans pipeline construction

Missouri American Water announced the completion of the company’s acquisition of the City of Eureka water and wastewater systems, which serve approximately 4,000 water customers and 4,000 wastewater customers.

Pipeline developer reaches settlement in residential water contamination case

Dallas-based Energy Transfer Operating agreed to independent testing of homeowners' water and promised to remediate contamination in a settlement of two separate criminal cases brought by the Pennsylvania attorney general.

Houston officials consider $30 billion tunnel project to curb impact of future floods

The Harris County Flood Control District is considering building a series of eight large-diameter stormwater tunnels underground to alleviate the region's centuries-long flooding, according to the Stormwater Report.

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.

Infrastructure damage hinders flood recovery efforts in Kentucky

Damage to critical infrastructure and the arrival of more heavy rains hampered efforts Sunday to help Kentucky residents hit by recent massive flooding, Gov. Andy Beshear said.

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.

California submits proposal for 45-mile underground water tunnel

A new plan to reroute how water moves from wetter Northern California to drier Southern California would ferry some of it through a single, 45-mile (72-km) underground tunnel, wrapping around the state’s existing water delivery system and dumping it into the main aqueduct that flows south to vast swaths of farmland and millions of people.

Audit: California too slow to repair infrastructure of contaminated water systems

The water that comes out of the tap for more than 900,000 Californians is unsafe to drink and the state isn’t acting fast enough to help clean it up, state auditors said in a report.

Water main break floods Hollywood street, requiring 2 to be rescued

Two motorists had to be rescued from a swamped car when a water main break flooded a Hollywood street.

Defense seeks sanctions against prosecutors in Flint water case

Lawyers for Michigan’s former health director asked a judge Monday to sanction prosecutors who are trying to instantly turn invalid indictments into a fresh round of charges in the Flint water scandal.

Colorado OKs $17 million for drought, aging water infrastructure projects

The Colorado Water Conservation Board has unanimously approved the Governor Jared Polis’ request for $17 million to kick-start local-level implementation of the recently updated Colorado Water Plan.

Kentucky governor commits $280 million in funding for clean water projects

Gov. Andy Beshear announced $30 million, plus an additional $250 million, in funding to support 29 projects that will provide clean drinking water and improve water systems for 1,245 households across the commonwealth, the governor said on July 21.

Pittsburgh utility lands $209 million loan to fund water infrastructure upgrades

PennVest has awarded a $209 million loan to the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority to fund its Water Reliability Plan, a massive initiative to upgrade the city’s drinking water infrastructure.

Jury gets Flint water case about liability for engineers

Jurors heard closing arguments Thursday in the only trial to arise thus far from the Flint water crisis, a dispute over whether two engineering firms should be held partially responsible for the city's lead contamination in 2014-15.

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

City completes $34 million drinking water connection in City Island, NY

The NYC Department of Design and Construction announced on Wednesday the completion of a $34 million project to upgrade the drinking water connection to City Island in the Bronx.

Disrepair contributes to severe water shortage in Kentucky town

Leak detection and repair crews have identified and fixed waterlines — work that’s estimated to be saving more than 100,000 gallons of water per day, in Marion, Kentucky.

Water line break requires North Carolina to issue boil water advisory

A western North Carolina town has issued a boil water advisory after a major water line break led to low pressure as well as a loss of water.

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.

Textile maker to close Georgia plant employing 260 after former owner illegally dumped wastewater

The plant on the Ogeechee River had a different owner, King America Finishing, in 2011 when more than 30,000 fish died near the facility and further downstream. Regulators never directly tied the plant to the fish kill, but discovered King America had been illegally dumping treated wastewater into the river for years.