Sewer Construction

Louisiana secures $69.4 million for upgrading drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater systems

The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Louisiana $69.4 million from his Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to implement drinking water and clean water infrastructure upgrades.

Virginia’s Arlington County updates sewer plan for extensive 459-mile network

The board's endorsement entails an overhaul of its Sanitary Sewer Collection System Plan, a comprehensive strategy tailored to sustain the county's extensive 459-mile sewer network, which caters to nearly 238,000 residents.

North Carolina to invest $238 million in drinking water, wastewater, stormwater projects

North Carolina is set to allocate $238 million towards water infrastructure projects. The funding will support 114 projects aimed at improving drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater systems.

USDA awards $30,000 to Carson, N.D., for water, sewer systems study

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development announced an award of $30,000 to Carson, North Dakota, to complete a study analyzing the city’s existing water and sewer systems.

Challenges of repairing rural water lines in urbanizing areas

To make repairs, the BCWA team has primarily relied on trackhoes (backhoe loaders) and mini excavators. However, in some environments, using these common equipment fleet staples of most rural water associations can potentially cause additional damage that will need to be addressed.

Funding still flowing despite economic headwinds, challenges

The last two years in America’s municipal infrastructure industry have seen tremendous increases in project activities driven primarily by significant boosts in government funding. If you happened to be a consulting engineer, contractor or manufacturer/supplier, business has been good. Now, 2024 has the potential to be a great year for many in infrastructure.

Canada's Oak Bay to receive $8.8 million sewer system overhaul

Stormwater and wastewater infrastructure in Oak Bay is set to undergo a significant transformation, thanks to a combined investment exceeding $8.8 million from the federal and provincial governments, alongside contributions from the District of Oak Bay.

Manila, Utah, secures $3.5 million for sewer improvements

Manila, Utah, has secured $3.5 million in funding aimed at improving its sewer system infrastructure, following the approval of grants and low-interest loans by the Permanent Community Impact Board.

Federal audit finds ‘a lot of work remains’ in Puerto Rico’s hurricane and earthquake recovery

For example, officials from Puerto Rico’s Aqueduct and Sewer Authority said they anticipate that they will only be able to complete about half of the agency’s planned projects.

Lowell, Mass., to invest $195 million in sewer upgrades in settlement over water pollution

Lowell, Mass., has settled with the EPA and Massachusetts, agreeing to invest $195 million in sewer upgrades to reduce sewage discharges into the Merrimack River.

Washington's Department of Ecology proposes $386 million clean water investment plan

The Department of Ecology in Washington state has proposed $386 million in grants and loans for 134 high-priority clean water projects. These projects aim to upgrade wastewater treatment and sewer systems, manage polluted stormwater, and address nonpoint pollution across the state.

DEQ awards nearly $270,000 to four drinking water and wastewater systems across Idaho

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has announced the award of $267,500 to four drinking water and wastewater systems to help the facilities evaluate system deficiencies and determine necessary upgrades.

Grant Road widening project in Tucson, Ariz., to include extensive sewer, water infrastructure upgrades

The widening of Grant Road involves water main replacement work, sewer main additions, cross roadway box culverts and storm drains, and a large 96-inch diameter culvert for storm runoff mitigation.

Pennsylvania's water infrastructure gets boost with $194 million investment

The federal funding supports 28 critical water projects in the state—addressing issues like lead pipe replacement, system rehabilitation, service upgrades, and environmental contamination reduction across drinking water, wastewater and stormwater.

Valdosta, Ga., faces sanitary sewer crisis as 100,000 gallons spill into Withlacoochee River

A sewer line collapse sent 100,000 gallons of sewage into a ditch draining into a river, the city of Valdosta said in a statement on Jan. 12. The incident highlights the pressing need for the city's utility department to address aging infrastructure.

Albemarle, N.C., secures $17 million state funding for water and sewer upgrades

According to WSOC-TV, the city of Albemarle is set to enhance its water systems with a substantial $17 million funding allocation from the North Carolina State budget.

FEMA approves $2.9 million for Fleming Neon, Ky., sewer system repairs

FEMA has approved $2,916,375 for Fleming Neon, in Letcher County, to permanently repair the city’s sewer system, which was damaged by the 2022 Eastern Kentucky Floods.

Amherst County advances $3.8 million sewer project design for residential expansion in Virginia

The Amherst County Service Authority (ACSA) is advancing plans for the Gateway Sanitary Sewer Project, a critical utility initiative aimed at supporting a new residential community along Virginia 163 in Madison Heights, near the Virginia 210 intersection

Florida governor allocates $30 million for Caloosahatchee River water quality projects

Governor Ron DeSantis has awarded more than $30 million in state funding to support six water quality projects in the Caloosahatchee River Watershed. These projects will help address excess nutrients, which are known to contribute to increased algal blooms, by investing in wastewater and stormwater infrastructure.

Sewage spill of 14,400 gallons in Durham, N.C., raises environmental concerns

(UI) — A post-Christmas sewage mishap unfolded in Durham, North Carolina, leading to an overflow of approximately 14,400 gallons of untreated wastewater from a sewer line, the City of Durham Department of Water Management reported.

PM completes large-diameter spray pipe rehab

(UI) — When PM Construction began a project in mid-March 2023 to rehabilitate two sewer pipes beneath the service road at Beltway 8 and Memorial, in Houston, the company had a November deadline. Working 24 hours a day, every day of the week, the project wrapped up in July – more than three months ahead of schedule.

Navy reports break in 8-inch sewer line, releasing over 1,000 gallons in Pearl Harbor

The U.S. Navy disclosed on Dec. 15 that a rupture in an 8-inch sewer line near Hickam housing on Dec. 14 resulted in the discharge of 1,050 gallons of untreated wastewater, Hawai’I Public Radio reported.

Philadelphia, Montgomery County to benefit from $7.5 million sewer, stormwater investment

(UI) — Pennsylvania Senator Vincent Hughes has approved over $7.5 million for water infrastructure improvement projects in Philadelphia and Montgomery County.

Governor Hochul allocates $479 million for 156 local water projects in New York

(UI) — Governor Kathy Hochul has announced $479 million in grants for critical water infrastructure projects.  The funding, announced on Dec. 12, is projected to save local ratepayers an estimated $1.3 billion and create 24,000 jobs across the state.

Sewer expansion project set to commence next week in Provincetown, Mass.

(UI) — In a significant step towards bolstering its infrastructure, the coastal town of Provincetown, Massachusetts, is gearing up for Phase 6A of its sewer expansion project, set to kick off next week on Nov. 27.

Bouygues Construction wins $819 million contract for Potomac River sewer control tunnel in D.C.

(UI) — The tunnel project designed to control combined sewer overflows and to improve water quality in the Potomac River in Washington D.C. The contract value is $819 million.

Mississippi’s capital city is considering a unique plan to slash water rates for poor people

The manager of the long-troubled water system in Mississippi’s capital city proposed a slight rate increase for most residents Friday alongside what he said is a first-in-the-nation proposal to reduce water rates for low-income people who get government help with grocery bills.

Pennsylvania American Water files rate request driven by $1 billion in investment

(UI) — If approved, the company's proposed rates would raise the average monthly water bill by around $17 for residential customers, reduce the monthly wastewater bill for sanitary sewer service by about $5, and increase the monthly wastewater bill for combined sewer service by approximately $4.

Canada, British Columbia invest over $10 million in water and sewer infrastructure projects

(UI) — The governments of Canada and British Columbia, alongside the municipalities of Burns Lake, Fraser Lake, and the District of Mackenzie, are investing over $10 million into three transformative water and wastewater projects.

Century-old sewer system in Manning, S.C., to receive $10 million overhaul

Manning, a city with a charter dating back to 1861, has earmarked nearly $20 million for a substantial upgrade of its underground infrastructure. Set to commence in 2024, the primary focus of this effort is the city's sewer system, with an estimated project cost exceeding $10 million.