Water

Rural communities nationwide to improve water systems with $30.7 million in federal funding

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced its selection of training and technical assistance providers who will receive $30.7 million to support water systems and private well owners in small and rural communities.

EPA allocates $25 million to upgrade drinking water infrastructure in underserved communities across the nation

This grant funding will specifically benefit underserved, small and disadvantaged communities by upgrading infrastructure to comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act, reducing exposure to Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS), removing sources of lead, and addressing additional local drinking water challenges.

Navajo Nation Council approves proposed $5 billion Colorado River water right settlement

About $1.75 billion of that would fund a pipeline from Lake Powell, one of the two largest reservoirs in the Colorado River system, on the Arizona-Utah border. The settlement would require the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to complete the project by the end of 2040.

Massachusetts senators secure wins in water infrastructure bill

The bipartisan legislation, which authorizes U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects vital for the nation's water infrastructure, includes several crucial provisions addressing local needs in Massachusetts.

Manure spill in Wisconsin raises environmental concerns but drinking water remains safe

A manure spill in west-central Wisconsin has raised environmental concerns, though state regulators assure drinking water supplies are unaffected. DNR officials said they didn’t have an estimate of how much manure has been spilled.

California county’s farm bureau sues over state monitoring of groundwater

A lawsuit has been filed over California’s decision to take over monitoring groundwater use in part of the fertile San Joaquin Valley under a landmark law aimed at protecting the vital resource.

US says cyberattacks against water supplies are rising, and utilities need to do more to stop them

Cyberattacks against water utilities across the country are becoming more frequent and more severe, the Environmental Protection Agency warned Monday as it issued an enforcement alert urging water systems to take immediate actions to protect the nation’s drinking water.

CIPP rehabilitation of pressurized pipelines

It is well known that CIPP has been around for over 50 years, primarily being used to rehabilitate gravity sewer pipelines. In the 1980s CIPP was introduced for low pressure sewer applications, and late in the 1990s began to emerge for water main and higher-pressure force main rehabilitations.

Water construction: Fusion in paradise

Just south of Miami, in the tropical paradise of the Florida Keys, a McElroy TracStar 412 spent most of winter 2023 onsite, fusing high-density polyethylene (HDPE) for a massive residential water line to service one of the area’s gated resorts.

Los Angeles sewer fees set to surge over next four years due to infrastructure overhaul

Los Angeles sewer fees set for significant surge over four years due to urgent need for infrastructure overhaul. Proposed increases, averaging $75 to $155 by 2028, draw concerns over affordability and housing impact.

CRW presents $450 million proposal to address sewage runoff crisis in Harrisburg, Pa.

The initiative, presented to the Harrisburg City Council, outlines a strategic approach spanning two decades to mitigate the impact of combined sewer and stormwater systems on water bodies.

Rainfall contributes to sewer overflows in Temple and Killeen, Texas

Heavy rainfall in Temple and Killeen, Texas, triggered sewer overflows, resulting in nearly 2 million gallons of overflow. Prompt cleanup efforts ensued, highlighting ongoing infrastructure challenges in the region.

Mott, North Dakota, secures $2.85 million for water and sewer system updates

The city will use the funds to replace vitrified clay-tile pipe and asbestos cement pipe sewer mains that were installed between the 1920s and 1960s and are beyond their operational life.

Giant California water tunnel aimed at improving drought resiliency to cost over $20 billion

The tunnel would be part of the State Water Project — a complex system of reservoirs, dams and canals that provides water to 27 million people while irrigating 750,000 acres (303,515 hectares) of farmland.

EPA distributed $3 billion in 2023 to replace lead pipes based on unverified data, watchdog claims

The Environmental Protection Agency distributed about $3 billion to states last year to replace harmful lead pipes based on unverified data, according to an agency inspector general’s memo, likely meaning some states got too much money and others got too little.

Wisconsin Senate overrides Evers veto, advances PFAS pollution funding

The Senate voted to override the veto of a bill that would have created grants to spend $125 million fighting pollution from “forever chemicals” known as PFAS.

Michigan's water infrastructure gets billion-dollar boost

Michigan is undergoing a substantial transformation in its water infrastructure, with significant investments aimed at renewing outdated systems and ensuring access to clean and safe drinking water for its residents.

Essential Utilities to invest $1.4 billion annually through 2028 to upgrade critical infrastructure nationwide

Essential plans to invest an expected $1.3 billion in 2024, and an annual average of approximately $1.4 billion through 2028. These strategic investments directly address the need for modernization and sustainability across Essential’s nine-state service area, ensuring compliance, reducing outages and safeguarding the environment.

Puerto Rico receives $28.6 million in federal funding to find, replace lead water service lines

EPA projects a national total of 9 million lead services lines across the country, based on data collected from the updated 7th Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment.

Illinois invests $205 million to upgrade state-wide water infrastructure

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director John J. Kim announced the investment of nearly $205 million through water infrastructure loans to local governments and water districts for the third quarter of Fiscal Year 2024 (January – March 2024).

$630 billion needed over 20 years to improve water infrastructure across the nation, EPA report finds

The 2022 Clean Watersheds Needs Survey represents the most recent comprehensive and robust report on wastewater, stormwater, and other clean water infrastructure needs in the U.S., and shows that at least $630 billion will be needed over the next 20 years to protect our nation’s waterbodies.

Native American tribes reach significant milestone in proposed Colorado river water rights settlement

The Navajo Nation has one of the largest single outstanding claims in the Colorado River basin and will vote soon on the measure in a special session. It’s the first of many approvals — ending with Congress — that’s needed to finalize the deal presented on Monday.

EPA finds no evidence of racial bias in Mississippi's water funding for Jackson

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says it found “insufficient evidence” that racial discrimination shaped decisions made by two Mississippi agencies about water system funding for the state’s majority-Black capital city of Jackson.

Families seek damages over Navy jet fuel leak contaminating Hawaii drinking water system

A lawyer representing U.S. military families suing over a 2021 jet fuel leak into a Navy drinking water system in Hawaii asked a judge Monday to award plaintiffs a range of about $225,000 to about $1.25 million each in damages.

Wisconsin Senate plans to vote on overriding Evers veto of PFAS funding, other bills

Republicans said Monday that the state Senate would vote to override up to 36 of the governor’s vetoes, including a bill to fight PFAS pollution — moves that Democrats derided as desperate election year stunts.

EPA allocates $39 million for Bloomington and Normal, Ill., wastewater infrastructure upgrade

This funding injection is aimed at fortifying the district’s Wastewater System Modernization and Rehabilitation Program, crucial for bolstering public health safeguards and environmental sustainability while spurring economic advancement.

U.S. to invest $60 million to improve Rio Grande river resilience amidst high water demand

Irrigation districts in southern New Mexico and El Paso, Texas, will work with state and federal agencies on projects that will range from capturing more stormwater runoff to improving existing infrastructure. Officials said the savings could result in tens of thousands of acre-feet of water.

Colorado’s Larimer County commissioners greenlight Thornton water pipeline project

On May 8, Larimer County commissioners unanimously granted approval for Thornton City's 10-mile pipeline project, marking a breakthrough after years of contentious debate and legal battles.

Granite secures $25 million contract for infrastructure project near Ontario International Airport

Granite will be responsible for upsizing and retrofitting domestic water, sanitary sewer, and storm drainage systems at the east end of the runway of the Ontario International Airport.

New York to identify, replace lead water service lines statewide with $129 million EPA investment

According to U.S. Representative Nicole Malliotakis, roughly 21% of New York City residents may be drinking from lead-contaminated pipes, putting themselves at risk for a number of adverse health effects.