Sewer Rehabilitation

Sewer maintenance: Myth-busting, best-practice training

Sewer maintenance is an ongoing challenge for cities and municipalities. Moreover, gaps in best-practice training can cost public works departments unnecessary time and expense in labor, water and energy costs when cleaning sewer lines.

Ishpeming, Mich., commences construction on $16 million sewer infrastructure project

The City of Ishpeming has commenced construction on its over $16 million sewer infrastructure project. The comprehensive scope of this endeavor involves the replacement or rehabilitation of approximately 25,000 feet of sewer main.

Senator Manchin secures federal funding for wastewater infrastructure upgrade in Romney, W.Va.

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) has announced a significant federal investment of $400,000 from the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to support essential upgrades to the wastewater systems in the Town of Romney.

Canada’s Central Saanich launches major sewer system overhaul as infrastructure reaches end of lifecycle

Handling roughly half of Central Saanich's wastewater, including flows from the W̱JOȽEȽP (Tsartlip) First Nation, the aging Brentwood Bay sewer system is due for an overhaul after reaching the end of its lifecycle.

Kelowna, BC, invests $7 million in CIPP technology for sewer pipe repair

The city of Kelowna, located in the south of Canada’s British Columbia province, is set to embark on a $7-million project next week to repair 1.6 miles of sanitary sewer pipe using cutting-edge trenchless technology known as Cured-in-Place Pipe (CIPP).

Vermont allocates $29.25 million to combat combined sewer pollution

Governor Phil Scott and the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) have announced $29.25 million in grants aimed at improving municipal combined sewer infrastructure and curbing pollution in Vermont’s water bodies.

County of Hawai’I to rehabilitate aging wastewater infrastructure following sewer overflows

The order requirements include designing a new pipeline that conveys wastewater under pressure at Kealakehe, replacing and repairing the Hale Hālāwai and the Pua pipelines that convey wastewater under pressure, and more.

Pressurized pipe break causes major sewage spill, prompts road closure in North Portland

The suspected cause of the spill was a break in a pressurized pipe from a nearby pump station responsible for carrying sewage to the city’s main wastewater treatment plant.

Illinois EPA issues updated permit to Chicago for combined sewer overflows

The Illinois EPA has issued a new National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit to the city of Chicago that will bring additional oversight and monitoring of combined sewer overflows to Chicago area waterways.

Olds municipality makes strides in sewer, water system overhaul, targeting I&I challenges

Following an assessment last fall, which included a vapor test to identify inflow and infiltration (I&I) issues in the sewer system, significant progress has been achieved. Out of the 38 repairs identified during the test, 36 have been completed, primarily involving the replacement of manhole lids, inserts, and cleanout plugs at various locations.

Senator Padilla secures $103 million to upgrade South Bay sewer plant

This funding is earmarked for the repair and enhancement of the South Bay International Wastewater Treatment Plant, situated near the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego, aimed at tackling transborder water pollution in the region.

Maryland's Cunningham Falls State Park water access temporarily closed for sewer line upgrade

A sewer line renovation and replacement project along Maryland Route 77 will require the temporary closure of some activities in the William Houck Area of Cunningham Falls State Park in Thurmont starting in April and extending into the summer months.

Prince Rupert, British Columbia, receives $77.2 million for water, sewer system upgrades

The funding will support the upgrading of 16 miles of water mains and separating the combined sewer system for better stormwater management. This includes installing new PVC piping to enhance infrastructure reliability and functionality.

Tennessee governor, commissioner McWhorter unveil $11 million in infrastructure planning grants

The IPG program supports utility systems in distressed counties and rural communities, offering funding for water and sewer system mapping, analysis, asset management, and regionalization studies.

Connecticut's New Britain faces contentious state funding battle as Allen Street sewer project stalls

The city of New Britain is currently embroiled in a contentious struggle to advance Phase 2 of the Allen Street sewer upgrades, a critical infrastructure project that has hit a standstill due to the Connecticut State Delegation's ongoing inaction.

Saskatchewan receives $51 million investment for water, wastewater infrastructure upgrades

Communities throughout the Canadian province of Saskatchewan are set to undergo crucial upgrades to their water and wastewater infrastructure thanks to a joint investment exceeding $51 million from the federal and provincial governments.

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.

Jackson, Miss. sewer system on the mend under interim manager’s leadership

The report indicated that “significant progress has been made” in bringing the city’s failing sewer system into compliance with federal law, including repairing 90 main breaks in the last quarter of 2023. Additionally, more than 125,000 ft. of sewer line was inspected and repaired.

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.

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.

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.