Water Inspection

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.

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.

Miller Lane water main installation project underway in Cheyenne, Wyo.

This project is part of the BOPU’s initiative to enhance water service reliability by renewing aging infrastructure. The work will be carried out by Aztec Construction Company.

Survey reveals concerns over PFAS contamination in U.S. drinking water

A recent survey conducted by water treatment provider Culligan sheds light on widespread concerns among Americans regarding the presence of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) in their drinking water.

Aging water infrastructure causes major water losses in Texas cities

Texas’ largest cities lost around 88 billion gallons of water last year due to old water infrastructure and extreme heat, resulting in significant financial losses and increased pressure on the state's water supply.

Port Arthur to evaluate water service lines and meters

The evaluation work will include digging pit holes to expose sections of water service lines near the meters, facilitating thorough inspections and assessments.

Flume leads largest residential water use study in North America

Flume Water has been selected by the Water Research Foundation to conduct the largest-ever Residential End Uses of Water Study in North America, involving over 50 utility partners and data from over 100,000 households. This groundbreaking research aims to enhance water management and sustainability across the continent.

Tyco Fire Products to pay $750 million in proposed PFAS settlement impacting public water systems

Tyco Fire Products LP has agreed to a $750 million settlement in a class action lawsuit overseen by Angeion Group, addressing claims related to Aqueous Film-Forming Foams (AFFF) impacting public water systems across the United States.

MARS Company achieves NSF/ANSI 61 certification for water system test port spools

(UI) — This certification, widely recognized as a benchmark for safe drinking water components, confirms that MARS spools meet rigorous standards for absence of contaminants and adherence to health and safety criteria in water systems.

WRD receives $25 million grant to expand brackish groundwater cleanup in Torrance, Calif.

By purifying approximately 10 million gallons of brackish water per day, the project will not only restore the groundwater basin but also create additional storage capacity for local freshwater and recycled water.

Calgary declares state of emergency over water pipeline repairs

The city is grappling with a severe shortage of water caused by a recent breach in its main water pipeline, prompting urgent appeals from Mayor Gondek to immediately reduce water consumption.

Calgary on the brink of water crisis after major pipeline break

Crews have been unable to access the damaged section of the pipeline, known as a feeder main, to commence repairs or identify the cause of the rupture.

Biden administration invests $242 million in Western water infrastructure amid severe drought

The Department of the Interior announced a $242 million investment as part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, aimed at enhancing water storage and reliability in Western communities.

Water restored in downtown Atlanta after corroded pipes burst, causing two-day outage

Problems arose Friday morning at the intersection of three major water mains west of downtown. Some pipes were old and corroded, complicating repairs in the confined area. Only one worker could access the junction at a time, but repairs were completed by Saturday evening.

Ohio allocates $122.7 million for critical water infrastructure upgrades

The latest grants will support 43 new projects with $84.5 million and provide $38.2 million in gap funding for 33 ongoing projects facing cost overruns.

Southern California to transform wastewater into drinking water with $99 million federal boost

The Metropolitan Water District's initiative to create a new water supply for Southern California by turning cleaned wastewater into high-quality drinking water received a significant funding boost on May 28.

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.

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.

Senator Duckworth applauds $240 million federal investment to remove lead from Illinois water

U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth applauded the EPA's announcement of over $240 million in funding to assist Illinois in identifying and replacing lead service lines. This investment is crucial for preventing lead poisoning among the state’s residents.

Delaware secures $28 million to replace lead pipes in bipartisan infrastructure effort

Delaware's water infrastructure is getting a major boost with a $28.65 million award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to identify and replace lead pipes across the state.

Interior Department launches collaborative initiative to boost tribal water, sanitation infrastructure

The Department of the Interior's Bureau of Reclamation and Indian Health Service unveiled a collaborative initiative aimed at bolstering safe drinking water and community sanitation infrastructure projects across Indian Country.

EPA classifies PFOA and PFOS as hazardous, water infrastructure faces Superfund cleanup

Designation as a hazardous substance under the Superfund law doesn’t ban the chemicals, known as PFOA and PFOS. But it requires that releases of the chemicals into soil or water be reported if they meet or exceed certain levels.

FEMA awards over $711 million to Puerto Rico’s sewer authority for potable water meters

(UI) — FEMA has awarded over $711 million to the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority (PRASA) to replace nearly 1.4 million water meters, which are part of the agency’s infrastructure for measuring potable water consumption throughout the island.

Pennsylvania American Water upgrades Jefferson County system with 2,900 feet of new mains

Pennsylvania American Water has begun installing approximately 2,900 feet of water main in the Punxsutawney area. These projects mark the final stages of a $5.7 million initiative that commenced in early 2023.

Michigan receives $91.4 million in grants for water infrastructure upgrades

Michigan has been awarded $91 million to fund essential infrastructure projects, which include the installation of new water mains in Ecorse, sewer line upgrades in Benton Harbor, and lead service line replacements in multiple areas.

Governor Hochul greenlights $142 million for New York water infrastructure projects

(UI) — Governor Kathy Hochul has announced a significant financial injection of $142 million for water infrastructure improvement projects throughout New York State.

Study reveals presence of 'forever chemicals' in New Mexico water sources, prompting EPA action

So-called forever chemicals have been found in water sources across New Mexico, according to recent studies by the U.S. Geological Survey and state environment officials.

Fire in Mexico City's storm drain highlights underground infrastructure strain amid water shortage

Amid a severe drought in central Mexico, water authorities grapple with mounting challenges, including a recent fire in one of Mexico City's storm drains, highlighting the strain on underground infrastructure. Struggling to address the water scarcity, authorities have decided to halt water extraction from the Valle de Bravo reservoir, home to an upscale lakeside community.

Wisconsin governor vetoes a Republican-backed bill targeting PFAS chemicals

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers and Republicans have not been able to agree on the best way to combat pollution from PFAS. Both have stated that fighting the chemicals is a priority, but they have yet to come to a consensus on how to address the issue.