Sewer

Over 150,000 gallons of wastewater released in Houston following Hurricane Beryl destruction

Houston officials did not issue a boil water notice for residents getting water from the city. However, they did issue warnings and recommendations for those who get water from private wells within .5 miles of the spill site.

Brooklyn to receive 7 miles of porous pavement in $32.6 million stormwater project

The $32.6 million project aims to prevent 35 million gallons of stormwater from entering the combined sewer system annually, with construction expected to be completed by fall 2025.

FEMA to strengthen Virgin Islands wastewater infrastructure with $989 million investment

The replacement of a vast majority of wastewater sewer lines and 14 pump stations on St. Croix is made possible under the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. This project further demonstrates FEMA’s collaboration with the territory to replace critical facilities and infrastructure destroyed during hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017.

Crews repair 15-foot-deep sewer collapse near downtown Louisville, Ky.

MSD crews have been working to replace a 27-inch brick sewer line, installed in 1902, by digging down 15 feet. They are also updating the old brick manhole with a modern concrete one.

North Carolina invests $253 million in water, wastewater infrastructure

North Carolina will allocate over $253 million to enhance drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure across the state. The funds will support 70 projects in 30 counties, focusing on emerging contaminants and lead service line replacements.

Pennsylvania township receives $6 million to rehabilitate 25,000 feet of sewer main

The $5.8 million project involves rehabilitating or replacing nearly 25,000 feet of sewer main with new sanitary sewer pipes and manholes. It is scheduled to begin on October 1 and be completed by May 30, 2025.

EPA completes Lahaina drinking water, wastewater project following Maui 2023 wildfires

Starting on January 4, 2024, over the course of seven months, EPA tested drinking water quality in 1308 lateral service lines that connect water mains to properties with burned structures. If contamination was detected, or if a lateral was too damaged to be sampled, the line was isolated from the main distribution line and marked for future replacement.

Lakehaven Water and Sewer District settles penalty for sewage spills

(UI) — The Lakehaven Water and Sewer District has paid $40,000 to resolve violations of its water quality permit as part of a settlement agreement with the Washington Department of Ecology.

Virginia town set to begin $104 million CSO tunnel project

The Blackwater CSO Tunnel will be a nearly mile-long, 12-foot-diameter underground tunnel located 70 to 120 feet beneath Blackwater Creek. It is designed to collect and store up to 4.7 million gallons of combined sewage and stormwater during heavy rains, preventing wastewater from overflowing into local waterways.

La Grange, Ill., secures $2 million for stormwater detention project

The proposed $8.9 million project includes the construction of 10-acre feet of underground stormwater detention. La Grange Village is actively pursuing additional funding sources to complete the financing for this essential infrastructure project.

Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District to reduce combined sewer overflows with underground tunnel expansions

NEORSD will expand five of its six deep tunnels to capture the additional discharges for full treatment. NEORSD is also required to complete construction of its last deep tunnel, the Big Creek Tunnel, by Dec. 31, 2034, one year earlier than currently required.

OSHA investigation launched after worker found unconscious in Kansas City, Mo., sewer pipe

A construction worker in Missouri was hospitalized in critical condition on July 8 after he was discovered unresponsive in a sewer pipe. Emergency responders arrived at Old Santa Fe Road and located the man inside a 15-foot manhole.

Granite to construct sewer infrastructure for Salinas, Calif. traffic flow project

The project includes construction of storm drain lines, sanitary sewer lines, street lighting, landscaping, and other improvements. Project funding comes from the City of Salinas and will be included in Granite’s second-quarter CAP.

EPA to develop stormwater infrastructure nationwide with $5 million Centers of Excellence investment

On July 9, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it would award $5 million in grants to establish four new Centers of Excellence for Stormwater Control Infrastructure Technologies and a national clearinghouse for new and emerging stormwater control technologies.

Bay Village, Ohio, begins sewer testing to improve system

Duke’s Root Control Inc. has been contracted to carry out the testing in six areas selected based on historical data, recent surveys, and the Ohio EPA's work with the Rocky River Wastewater Treatment Plant.

South Dakota allocates $65 million for statewide water and waste projects

(UI) — The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (DANR) announced nearly $65 million in grants and loans for water and waste infrastructure projects across the state.

Washington state to invest $309 million in clean water projects

(UI) — The funding will support 136 projects, ranging from stream restoration on the Touchet River near Prescott to engineered wetlands for stormwater treatment in Ferndale.

Jacobs wins $800 million contract for King County, Wash., wastewater upgrades

(UI) — Jacobs has been awarded a contract to manage and advise on more than $800 million in infrastructure upgrades for King County Wastewater Treatment Division in Washington State.

Arkansas allocates $60 million for statewide water infrastructure projects

This initiative includes $55 million for water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure projects, and $5 million for the Arkansas Rural Water Association to support water and wastewater systems.

Missouri American Water files rate request driven by $1.5 billion in water, wastewater infrastructure investments

These projects are important to continue providing quality water, increasing fire protection and improving service reliability for customers and include replacement of over 250 miles of aging water and wastewater pipe to help reduce main breaks and sewer overflows. Improvement projects also include treatment plant upgrades.

South Dakota allocates $105 million in ARPA grants for water infrastructure projects

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources has announced that the Board of Water and Natural Resources approved over $105 million in additional American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grants.

Howard County, Ma., breaks ground on “massive” underground stormwater tunnel project

Once complete, the 18-foot diameter, approximately one-mile-long subterranean North Tunnel will have the ability to move 26,000 gallons of water per second from the West End area of Ellicott City, all the way to the Patapsco River. The tunnel will reduce the risk of flash flooding by intercepting water and diverting it underground and away from Main Street.

Santa Cruz to begin sewer rehabilitation project in July

The city has enlisted SAK Construction from Rocklin to handle the repair and rehabilitation of approximately 3,250 feet of the existing 54-inch concrete sewer line stretching from Kaiser Permanente Arena to Neary Lagoon.

Ohio town progresses with Green Valley storm sewer construction

(UI) — Progress continues on the Green Valley Construction Project as the contractor moves forward with installing storm sewers and prepares for the next phase beginning July 8.

Chicago to invest $20 million in stormwater management projects following Midwestern flooding

On June 24, MWRD President Kari K. Steele and commissioners joined Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County commissioners and municipal and township leaders at the MWRD to unveil plans to fund $20 million toward 26 stormwater management projects.

Tech Tips: Documenting quality lateral lining installations

(UI) — With CIPP lining of mainline sewers becoming more and more accepted by system owners and utilities, greater attention is being paid to the opportunities to reduce infiltration and inflow (I&I) by utilizing CIPP lining for laterals.

Tennessee awards $17 million for infrastructure, including water and sewer upgrades

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Stuart C. McWhorter announced $17 million in grants for infrastructure improvements, including water and sewer upgrades.

Southport merges water and sewer services with Brunswick County

The City of Southport in North Carolina has merged its water and wastewater systems with Brunswick County Public Utilities, affecting around 3,500 customers. This transition is effective immediately.

Sewer construction to temporarily close Parkers Mill and Cross Keys roads in Lexington, Ky.

Construction is part of the Parkers Mill trunk sanitary sewer project, which will increase the size of approximately 5,000 feet of sanitary sewer pipe from Alexandria Drive and Devonport Drive that crosses Versailles Road and ends near Cross Keys Park.

United Felts launches new UV CIPP portfolio for trenchless sewer rehabilitation

This portfolio combines the strengths of United GRP and EnviroCure UV, offering comprehensive solutions for varied sewer rehabilitation needs with the unmatched benefits of UV-cured technology.