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California to Remove Largest Dam in State History

The 92-year-old dam on the Carmel River will begin coming down this summer as part of an agreement among state and local officials, environmental groups and owner California American Water. The goal is to restore 26 miles of river between the mountains and Monterey Bay. The cost is $83 million and the removing the dam will take 28 months. A desalination plant and added storage in the aquifer will make up water loss for 40,000 California American customers. AP/San Jose Mercury News June 21, 2013

Black & Veatch selected by Corps of Engineers to design Chicago's McCook Reservoir Tunnel Connection

The new tunnel will connect the future McCook Reservoir to Chicago’s Deep Tunnel system, which is aimed at improving water quality in area rivers and Lake Michigan and reducing flood risk for the city of Chicago and suburban communities. The project is a key component of Chicago’s Tunnel and Reservoir Plan (TARP). Through TARP, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRDGC) collects and diverts combined sewer overflows and floodwaters throughout metropolitan Chicago to temporary holding reservoirs before treatment. In addition to the main gates and connection tunnel system for McCook Reservoir, Black & Veatch is also leading the design for the groundwater protection system and the Thorn Creek connection tunnel, and is leading the final preparations for the Thornton Composite Reservoir. The projected construction costs for all facilities Black & Veatch is designing in conjunction with TARP are estimated to be more than $500 million. News Release_ 8/5/09

Tennessee gets $77.6 million in clean water funds

The Environmental Protection Agency will give Tennessee $77.6 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds for state and local governments to finance overdue improvements to the state’s clean water infrastructure. $56.9 million of the funds will go the state’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund program. It provides low-interest loans for water quality protection projects for wastewater treatment, non-point source pollution control and watershed and estuary management. The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program will get $20.2 million from the EPA for low-interest loans to finance drinking water infrastructure improvements. Nashville Business Journal_ 7/15/09

$185 million in federal stimulus aid for Massachusetts water, sewer projects

Massachusetts will get $185 million in federal stimulus money for water and sewer projects, hastening improvements in some 100 Massachusetts cities and towns, US Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson announced yesterday in Boston. The grants - which will also help communities make energy-guzzling water treatment plants more efficient - will reduce the cost that ratepayers will be assessed for the projects. Two-thirds of the federal money will be used for 127 projects designed to reduce the flow of sewage and untreated stormwater into rivers and the ocean. The grants will reduce communities' existing loans for the projects by 8 to 14 percent, and that may spur some to start construction sooner. The remaining federal money will pay for wind turbines, solar panels, and other measures to reduce energy use by wastewater treatment plants. Boston Globe_ 6/16/09

Maryland receives $122 million in federal stimulus funds for water projects

Maryland was handed nearly $122 million Tuesday from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to fund drinking water projects and improve water quality as part of the federal government's latest round of stimulus spending. The stimulus effort, officially called the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, was advanced by President Barack Obama to jump-start the economy by improving the nation's infrastructure and creating and saving jobs. State officials drew nearly 600 applications for the money from every corner of Maryland, and 95 projects valued at about $119 million were chosen for the money because they met the initial criteria, which included being "shovel ready" and having a strong health or environmental impact. In total, almost $93 million will be used for pollution reduction projects that include wastewater treatment and sewer upgrades and stormwater runoff controls. More than $26 million will go to improvements for drinking water treatment, water storage and wells. Baltimore Sun_ 6/2/09

Stimulus speeds $40 million to Vermont water, sewer projects

The money, awarded as low-interest loans, will jump-start about 80 shovel-ready projects statewide. Only about one third of the clean-water projects submitted for low-interest loans made the final cut this week, said Julie Moore, director of Clean and Clear program at the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, and many other projects in early design stages will likely remain on municipal wish-lists until another round of funding becomes available. Burlington Free Press_ 5/23/09

Federal dollars flow to California water projects
Some $439 million in federal stimulus money is flowing into California's water systems.  The money, in the form of grants, subsidies and low-interest loans, is expected to spur hundreds of new water infrastructure projects as well as jump-start those stalled by California's budget disaster, state and federal officials said.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday awarded $280 million to the State Water Resources Control Board's Clean Water State Revolving Fund program for wastewater treatment, pollution control and estuary management projects. The state Department of Public Health's Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program received $159 million for drinking-water infrastructure improvements.  The award is one slice of the $6 billion in water system improvement funds contained in President Obama's American Recovery and Investment Act of 2009 - Washington's effort to shore up the nation's infrastructure while providing much-needed jobs.  SF Gate_5/21/09

New Mexico gets $27.5 million in stimulus for water projects
Twenty-two drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects around the state will receive $27.5 million in federal stimulus funding. Bizjournal.com_5/20/09

North Carolina water utility plans underground storage

The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority is floating the idea of treating water drawn from the Cape Fear River today and storing it in the ground for use tomorrow. The utility would pump treated water into the deep Peedee Aquifer as a "rainy day" source of drinkable water for use during an emergency or times of high demand, such as summertime. Cape Fear has submitted a $3.75 million proposal to the state to use federal stimulus funds to jump-start the "shovel-ready project." Such systems are already used in neighboring states and other parts of the world. But it is revolutionary in North Carolina, where water has always been cheap and readily available. Wilmington, North Carolina, Star-News_ 5/1/09

Feds announce $615.8 million for rural water projects

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the selection of more than $615.8 million in water and environmental projects that are being funded immediately with federal funds provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The projects will help provide safe drinking water and improved wastewater treatment systems for rural towns and communities in 34 states. The funding will be allocated to 193 projects and create or save an estimated 12,385 jobs, federal officials said. They are the first of many projects that will receive Recovery Act funds to improve rural water and waste disposal systems. ENN_ 4/28/09

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announces $293 million in economic recovery projects for Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi Staff ReportApril 28, 2009

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tuesday released a list of 172 construction  and maintenance projects in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Florida to be built with $293 million in economic recovery funds.The energy and water development projects are part of an overall $4.6 billion appropriation for the Corps' Civil Works national program that was signed into law Feb. 17 by Pres. Barack Obama. read full story
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Old wooden pipes and other aging U.S. water mains becoming hard to ignore

It has been 2,000 years since the Romans built their aqueducts, and 200 years since Philadelphia began using cast-iron water mains. But water officials say they believe a handful of wooden water mains are still in use in South Dakota, Alaska and Pennsylvania, among other places. There are an estimated 240,000 water main breaks each year in the United States, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Aging Water Infrastructure Research Program, and some water experts fear that the problem is getting worse. The new federal stimulus law provides $6 billion for water projects, with $2 billion of that directed to drinking water systems. But that money is only, well, a drop in the bucket: a report released last month by the E.P.A. estimated that the nation’s drinking water systems require an investment of $334.8 billion over the next two decades, with most of the money needed to improve transmission and distribution systems. New York Times_ 4/17/09

Corps of Engineers to begin environmental study for 500-mile private water pipeline between Wyoming and Colorado

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is launching an Environmental Impact Statement, or EIS, process for the Regional Watershed Supply Project proposed by Fort Collins, Colorado, resident and entrepreneur Aaron Million. His company, Million Conservation Resource Group, plans to build a 500-mile pipeline to bring water from southeast Wyoming to Colorado's Front Range. The $3 billion to $4 billion privately-funded project would draw water from the Green River and Flaming Gorge Reservoir in Wyoming. Coloradoan_ 4/11/09

North Kansas City considers borrowing from gaming fund for water project

North Kansas City is looking to use money from its gaming fund so a water improvement project could be considered for the federal economic stimulus program. At a council work session Tuesday, Public Works director Pat Hawver recommended that the city borrow $350,000 from the gaming fund so that the project could become “shovel ready” and qualify for the stimulus funding. The water line project is part of a recommended $3.1 million in system-wide improvements identified in a 2008 master water plan prepared for the city. Kansas City Star_ 1/23/09

Cairo, Egypt plans wastewater treatment project

The Ministry of Housing, Utilities, and Urban Development (MHUUD) represented by New Urban Communities Authority (NUCA) with technical assistance from the Central PPP Unit at the Ministry of Finance of the Arab Republic of Egypt wishes to invite the private sector to enter into a Public-Private-Partnership for the construction, financing, operation, and maintenance of a new Wastewater Treatment Plant Project in New Cairo City, a new urban community located in the outskirts of the city of Cairo. The project will be built in phases, the initial capacity of the plant being 250,000 m3/day and the final capacity being up to 500,000 m3/day. watersupply.com_ 1/19/09

China plans 'unthinkable' water diversion project

China is to embark on a water-diversion scheme it calls the most difficult in history, bringing water to nearly half a million people in drought-prone mountains of the southwest, state media said on Monday.The "unthinkable" hydro scheme in the province of Guizhou would include a curved, 63-km (40-mile) canal and a 162.5-metre (533-ft) dam, diverting water to the central part of the province, China National Radio said on its website ( The headline on the story described it as the "the most difficult hydro works in history". Compared to massive Three Gorges Dam's expenditure of over $20 billion, the Guizhou project has a modest budget of 6.2 billion yuan ($907 million), Xinhua news agency said. Reuters_ 1/19/09

In towns around Boston, Massachusetts, freeze and thaw snaps aging water pipes

The winter has already been brutal on aging water pipes, and the Arctic freeze predicted for the end of the week will not help the situation. NewsCenter 5 reported Tuesday that crews in several towns were out making expensive repairs. Water mains are popping like popcorn -- especially in the past few days. WCVBTV_ 1/13/09

December, 2008

Boston uses technology to detect leaks

Every day, Boston residents use nearly 70 million gallons of water, which swishes through more than 1,000 miles of underground pipes. Over the past decade, as erosion and widespread construction have weakened aging pipes, city officials have poured $335 million into replacing and repairing the system. Part of the money has paid for the work of a crack squad of hole-digging, sound-detecting technicians such, who spend their shifts scouring the city for leaks and patching them to prevent breaks. With the aid of technology - sophisticated sensors and computers have mostly replaced the old stethoscope-like devices that listened for leaks from the street - Boston has kept the number of water main breaks to significantly lower levels than similarly sized cities and helped conserve water. Boston Globe_ 12/20/08

Pennsylvania creates $800M fund for water infrastructure; Investments target water, sewer, flood control and dams

Guidelines have been approved for local governments in Pennsylvania to apply for state funding to improve critical water infrastructure systems, Governor Edward G. Rendell announced.  The Governor signed legislation in July creating H2O PA, an $800 million fund to protect Pennsylvania's flood-prone communities; ensure safe, clean drinking water; and improve critical wastewater systems.  Guidelines for the fund were approved yesterday by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. "The need for funding to repair and upgrade the state's water infrastructure can be seen in communities from Erie to Allentown and all points in-between," said Governor Rendell. "The systems that deliver water to our homes, schools and businesses are deteriorating; our dams and stream banks that prevent flooding are in need of repair; and we must provide the resources that will protect our citizens, communities, businesses, and economy."The funding available through H2O PA -- combined with the $400 million clean water referendum that was approved by voters in November -- will provide more Pennsylvanians with dependable, quality water," the Governor said. "These investments are expected to put approximately 12,000 people to work." MarketWatch_12/10/08

Louisville, Kentucky water company to build chlorine solution plant

The Louisville Water Co. expects to begin work Dec. 1 on a new $12.2 million plant to produce a diluted chlorine bleach solution to disinfectant water. It's a safer alternative to bringing in 90-ton rail cars of pure chlorine to its reservoir and treatment facilities. A chlorine rail accident in 2005 in South Carolina killed nine people. The facility should be operating by April of 2010, water company spokeswoman Barbara Crow said. Courier-Journal_ 11/20/08

Critics charge water plant soaking taxpayers in N.Y

New York City's water filtration plant, being built 10 stories beneath a Bronx driving range, is a one-of-a-kind project intended to become a nearly invisible part of the city's infrastructure.  But the plant has been anything but hidden so far.  Its completion date has been pushed back six years, and its price tag, which early estimates put at $660 million, is now $2.8 billion. Costs, delays, seven-figure fines and a brush with a high-profile Mafia case have sharpened criticism of a project that three city watchdog agencies and a group of community leaders are monitoring. "The bottom line is that to build this water plant, the taxpayers are getting soaked," state Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz said. "It's like government at its worst." Despite the problems, officials say they are making good progress despite a late start, and insist the cost increases are an unavoidable reflection of an industrywide trend. The federal government has ordered the city to build what will be its first drinking water filtration facility, and the project is believed to be the first subterranean water plant in the nation.   AP_8/29/08

Laketon Township, Michigan, begins construction of $9 million sewer and water line

Crews are scheduled to begin work on a $9 million sewer and water line project Monday with the first road closure expected Aug. 18. The project, which is expected to last months, will extend sewer and water lines and result in new roads in certain areas of the township. Muskegon Chronicle_ 8/8/08

Colorado's $3 billion water expansion builds worries for some

Nearly $3 billion of ambitious new water projects along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains are in various stages of launching - from completing a lengthy federal permitting process to actually breaking ground. The pending boom includes seven new or expanded reservoirs and at least one major pipeline. Barely recovered from the 2002 drought and with projected shortages looming, the water districts and cities involved say it is imperative that the projects be built now. When completed, the combined projects will make for one of the largest water development eras in Colorado history. State water officials and analysts, however, worry that the fragmented nature of the plans constitutes a $3 billion free-for-all, and that the lack of a coherent regional or statewide plan will prove costly for both the consumer and the environment. Rocky Mountain News_ 7/18/08

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sen. Dianne Feinstein propose $9.3 billion water bond plan for fall ballot

But they immediately ran into stiff resistance over proposed dams and the cost to a cash-starved state. The Republican governor and Democratic senator nevertheless believe that fears over prolonged drought and environmental collapse in the important Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta will convince lawmakers and voters that the bond measure offers California the best way out of a growing water crisis that threatens the economy and environment. They say there is no time to waste. Scattered rationing is punishing cities and farms, the salmon fishery has collapsed, global warming threatens to reduce vital snowpacks even more, the Sacramento delta is on the brink of collapse, and an earthquake could cut off water deliveries to Silicon Valley and Southern California. But opponents view dams as costly projects that do more harm than good to the environment and state budget and say the plan appears to encourage auctioning the right to build reservoirs, raising questions over whether only the richest water districts could afford to pay half of the cost of a dam, which can run more than $5 billion. The Schwarzenegger-Feinstein proposal is the latest in a series of water bond measures that have circulated in Sacramento during the past 18 months, including a handful sponsored by either business groups or environmentalists. All have been derailed. San Diego Union-Tribune_ 7/11/08

Thousands of Bergen County, New Jersey residents to get upgraded tap water from $110 million United Water project

United Water is expected this summer to ask the Board of Public Utilities for a rate increase to support the massive, $110 million water plant. The request comes on the heels of a 16 percent water bill increase approved last year — the utility’s first rate hike in a decade. That’s the price for water that will meet future federal water standards for 750,000 people in 60 Bergen and Hudson County towns, executives said. The new system will be the first large-scale plant to use ozone to disinfect the water and air to remove particles. The Record_ 6/22/08

China's 2,200-year-old water conservancy project protects quake survivors from possible summer flooding

Despite damages to a key part of it incurred by the devastating May 12 8.0-magnitude earthquake, Dujiangyan, the 2,200-year-old water conservancy project near Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province, is still functioning well to protect millions of quake survivors from the threat of summer flooding. The the project has a "fish mouth" that divides the broad Minjiang River into Neijiang (Inner Course) and Waijiang (Outer Course). Only water that flows into the Inner Course could reach Chengdu and its surrounding plains, while excess flood water will be diverted into the Outer Course and denied access to the affluent and densely-populated plain area. The simple yet effective design earned Li Bing, the local governor of Qin Dynasty (221-206 B.C.), the fame of "ancient water conservancy genius", and earned the project a place on the United Nations world cultural heritage list.  Xinhua_ 6/22/08

Idaho seeks to add water storage

If it’s true that the era of dam building is over, Dave Tuthill didn’t get the memo. Neither did the governor, legislators, irrigators, municipalities, and several other major water users in Idaho. Tuthill, director of the Idaho Department of Water Resources, has been around the state recently beating the drum on the need to store more water. He’s recommended building some new dams, but he’s also advocated doing other things such as raising existing dams, building off-site “mini-reservoirs” and recharging the important Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer. There seems to be a growing awareness by a large number of Idahoans that it will be absolutely necessary to capture and store a lot more water in the coming years. Farmers, of course, have known this for a long time. But now the rest of the state seems to be awakening to the need. AG Weekly_ 6/8/08

Cost to funnel water around the California delta has soared

The price tag for addressing the declining health of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta while providing a reliable water supply to California cities and farmers keeps getting higher. Officials met Thursday to discuss one of the state's most contentious proposals—piping fresh water around the delta and into the canals that carry it south and into the San Francisco Bay area. The various options are projected to cost between $4 billion and $17 billion. The estimates were provided to a panel created by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to come up with solutions to preserve the delta. The estimates are far higher than the $1.3 billion cost in 1982, when California voters rejected the so-called Peripheral Canal. Funneling water around the delta is being considered as a way to restore the delta's ecosystem, in particular its population of the threatened Delta smelt and other fish. Their numbers have declined so precipitously that a judge last December ordered the state to reduce water pumping by a third. Farmers and cities this year will receive just 35 percent of their contracted water from the state. AP/San Jose Mercury-News_ 4/25/08

U.S. water pipelines are breaking

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says utilities will need to invest more than $277 billion over the next two decades on repairs and improvements to drinking water systems. Water industry engineers put the figure drastically higher, at about $480 billion. Water utilities, largely managed by city governments, have never faced improvements of this magnitude before. And customers will have to bear the majority of the cost through rate increases, according to the American Water Works Association, an industry group. Engineers say this is a crucial era for the nation's water systems, especially in older cities like New York, where some pipes and tunnels were built in the 1800s and are now nearing the end of their life expectancies. The 36 million gallons a day that leak from the 85-mile Delaware Aqueduct in New York state amounts to more than 1 billion gallons a month. That may be a drop in the bucket compared to the hundreds of billions of water consumed in New York City every year, but the daily leak in the tunnel would meet the daily demands of drought-ravaged Raleigh, N.C. Around the country, water rates are going up to help pay for the repairs, estimated at anywhere between $550 and $7,000 per household during the next three decades. Many engineers and water utilities say water bills around the country are too low. AP_ 4/8/08

Colorado Springs, Colorado's aging water system needs $65 million upgrade

Colorado Springs' raw water system - the reservoirs, pipes and pumps that deliver water from the mountains - needs $65 million in upgrades in the next decade. That was one finding in the first comprehensive assessment of cityowned Colorado Springs Utilities' water system. Fixing some of the 50 intakes, 27 reservoirs, 200 miles of tunnels and pipes, 200 vaults and valves and four major pump stations is necessary because of age, water operations manager Scott Campbell told the Utilities Board last week. He said half the intakes are up to 50 years old and nearly 40 percent of the reservoirs are 100 years old. Roughly 60 percent of pipes date to the Eisenhower era, as does 45 percent of other structures. Minor maintenance is needed on 60 percent to 70 percent of the system, while up to 38 percent needs significant maintenance. Colorado Spriongs Gazette_ 3/23/08

February, 2008

Crews dive deep for New York City water tunnel repair job

The divers live in a windowless, pressurized chamber for weeks at a time. They descend 700 feet — greater than the height of the Space Needle — to toil for 12-hour shifts in dark, murky water. What's the point of this bizarre subterranean life? Coming up with a way to save drinking water for New York City, which is losing the equivalent of a small lake every day in an enormous, aging, leaky tunnel. About half the city's water supply passes through the tunnel from upstate reservoirs. Of the hundreds of millions of gallons that flow there every day, some 10 million to 36 million escape from cracks in a 45-mile stretch. Not only is it a waste, the leaks create sinkholes and other problems at the surface. The city began sending divers down to the tunnel in mid-February to gather data that will be used to develop a plan for repairs. The project costs about $240 million and will take five years. AP_ 2/29/08

Kentucky: Louisville Water Co. strikes deal with five other water utilites for 37-mile pipeline

The pipeline will run along Interstate 64 from Louisville to Frankfort. According to a news release, the six utilities and Shelby Fiscal Court will spend $85,000 to begin design of the pipeline, which would provide water to Central Kentucky residents during period of high demand or drought. Total cost of the pipeline is expected to reach $50 million, with Louisville Water providing half of that amount. The members of the partnership are: Louisville Water Co., Frankfort Plant Board, North Shelby Water Co., Shelbyville Water and Sewer, U.S. 60 Water District, and West Shelby Water District. The pipeline is expected to be completed in 2010, the release said. Louisville Business Journal_ 2/11/08

Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell announces $83 million for brownfields, drinking water and wastewater projects

Rendell announced the PENNVEST Board of Directors' approval of $82.9 million in low interest loans and grants for 21 brownfields, drinking water and wastewater projects in 18 counties. Most of the money, $77.9 million, is for low-interest loans. Combined with $5 million in grants, PENNVEST will fund 21 clean water projects. The awards range from a $332,140 loan to develop a new well and construct drinking water storage facilities for a community in Wyoming County to a $15.4 million loan and grant combination that will eliminate raw sewage discharges in Somerset County caused by malfunctioning on-lot septic systems. News Release_ 1/23/08

Mandatory water conservation urged in new LA developments
Mandatory water conservation is being urged for new Los Angeles residential developments.  Councilman Dennis Zine's motion asks that city departments consider a land-use policy requiring all new residential development to occupy a water-use "footprint" of 10 percent less than the previous usage of the property.  The Los Angeles water supply is getting tighter because of restrictions on eastern Sierra and Northern California shipments south.  Noting the housing shortage, the building industry counters by saying new developments generally include water-efficient toilets, washing machines and appliances as well as drought-tolerant landscaping. San Jose Mercury News_1/3/08

A change of government in Australia doesn't worry construction company John Holland

Construction giant John Holland says the election of a federal Labor government would not dent the current construction boom. While Australian Workplace Agreements (AWAs) play a major role in the primary industry sectors, John Holland's Group managing director David Stewart said a possible change of government was not a concern to the company. Labor leader Kevin Rudd has vowed to abolish AWAs if the party wins government at the November 24 federal poll. "Whoever wins, we don't factor that sort of stuff in," Mr Stewart told reporters in Brisbane. "Kevin Rudd and (deputy leader) Julia Gillard have made it clear that they're going to maintain a constancy of some regulator in the industry." John Holland employs approximately 4,000 people across the country and is currently carrying out $3.1 billion worth of construction, including desalination plants in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.  AAP/The Age_ 10/23/07

Study: New York water plant costs far higher than public estimates

The cost of the Croton Water Filtration Plant, currently under construction in the Bronx, is close to $2.8 billion — far higher than what the Bloomberg administration has said the project will cost, a budget analysis by the Independent Budget Office indicates. The city’s Department of Environmental Protection has maintained for several months that construction of the filtration plant would cost about $2.1 billion. For the past two years, the city has been building a federally mandated filtration plant 100 feet below Van Cortlandt Park. The plant, first proposed in the 1970s, has been beset by construction delays, lawsuits, fines imposed by the federal government, and opposition from neighbors of the project. Steve Lawitts, the agency’s first deputy commissioner, said yesterday that he generally agreed with the data provided by the Independent Budget Office. “We agree with the individual budget lines, but we don’t necessarily list them the same way,” Mr. Lawitts said. Mr. Lawitts acknowledged however that several items included in the independent analysis had been left out of his agency’s cost for the project. Among those items was $292 million for the filtration plant’s design, and contract and construction management. Mr. Lawitts said those expenses had not been included in the agency’s budget that had been made public in the project’s 2003 environmental impact statement because they were not construction costs. Mr. Lawitts said leaving such “soft” costs out of a large project’s construction budget was “common practice” among his and other city agencies. New York Times_ 9/28/07 (logon required)

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger urges $9 billion in water bonds

Schwarzenegger unveiled a $9-billion bond package Tuesday that would pay for three new or expanded dams and amount to an unprecedented level of taxpayer financing for water projects. With drought and court-imposed cutbacks looming, the governor's proposal kick-starts what is expected to be several weeks of intense negotiations with legislators to place a water bond on the Feb. 5 ballot. Schwarzenegger's insistence upon dam projects in the Bay Area and in the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys puts him at odds with most Democratic legislators. They say the state will get more water at lower cost by cleaning up polluted groundwater supplies and recycling and conserving water. The bond proposal also breaks with historical water development in California, where most major water projects have been financed by the federal government or specific water users -- not by taxpayers at large. Los Angeles Times_ 9/19/07 (logon required)

Dublin, Ireland begins five-year upgrade of 100-year-old underground water pipes

The €118 million project will upgrade more around 800 kilometres of Dublin's watermains.

Many of the existing watermains are cast-iron and were laid up to 100 years ago. The upgrade work will see them replaced with heavy duty polyethylene pipes. Irish Times_ 6/11/07

California governor supports two new dams

A proposed dam on the San Joaquin River upstream from the existing Friant Dam east of Fresno got support Monday from California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Supporters say the additional dam would allow more floodwaters to be stored to allow for percolation into underground aquifers. It would also provide more cold water to flow into the lower portion of the river to allow for restoration of salmon spawning, supporters say. The governor says the state’s rapidly growing population is outstripping available water supplies. The Temperance Flat dam would be part of an overall $5.9 billion water supply program the governor is backing. Most of the money would be used for creating new reservoirs to store 500,000 acre-feet of water, he says. State Sen. Dave Cogdill, R-Mariposa, is the author of the legislature that if passed, would put the $5.9 billion bond issue on the ballot. He says the other proposed surface storage site, in addition to Temperance Flat, would be north of the bay delta in Glenn and Colusa counties. The two locations were selected because the areas are part of an agreement negotiated by CALFED, the state and federal agency created to restore the ecological health of the delta and improve water management, he says. Central Valley Business Times_ 3/26/07

Black & Veatch aids large cities in Indonesia with major sanitation projects

The global engineering, consulting and construction company is working on behalf of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to assist the Government of Indonesia form an investment loan program to improve sanitation services. The project is expected to decrease urban pollution, improve public health and enhance the well-being of the general population. In 2005, Indonesia’s urban population was estimated at 101 million, or 48 percent of the country’s total population. By 2025, the urban population is expected to grow to 60 percent, or 160 million people. The study will prepare city sanitation strategies (CSS) for five large cities and full feasibility studies for up to three of these cities. The CSS will allow communities to choose a sanitation system from an informed menu of suitable systems, subjected to feasibility. Black & Veatch also will prepare implementation support and institutional development programmes addressing sector reform, governance and public awareness. The company has signed a contract with the ADB for a period of 10 months to carry out the study. News Release_ 1/15/07

AWWA ads try to increase interest in what comes out of the tap

Even as more people turn to bottled water for drinking, the hidden pipes that carry tap water to their sinks, showers or sprinklers may be deteriorating, according to the American Water Works Association. The public will pay for repairs sooner or later - but is it willing? Enter the association's message: "Only Tap Water Delivers," which features abundant public service announcements, speeches, videos, and even drink holders imprinted: "This drink made with tap water." One newspaper ad featured a water faucet with the caption, "Do you know how often you turn me on?" It's difficult to make people care about tap water, organizers say. The director of the Denver-based waterworks group, Jack Hoffbuhr, referred to a study several years ago showing only one-quarter of California residents drink untreated tap water; the rest gulp down bottled water or use filters to treat water from the faucet. Rapid growth spurs investment in new pipes and treatment systems but leaves little money to replace the old ones, which might have been in the ground 50 years or longer, said Krista Clark, director of regulatory affairs for the Association of California Water Agencies. Flood-control needs and wastewater treatment upgrades could put pipe replacement low on a long list of priorities, Clark said. Stockton Record_ 1/2/07

Camarillo and Thousand Oaks, California districts pool resources for $30 million water program

The Camrosa Water District, the Camarillo Sanitation District and the city of Thousand Oaks plan to embark on a $30 million fourphase project called the Renewable Water Resource Management Program. The program will allow the districts to share pipe connections and to upgrade water facilities to make better recycled water for agricultural use. The three districts said their mutual goals are to reduce reliance on pricey imported water, lower the amount of salt in underground water basins and make better use of recycled water. When completed, the program will save the districts 20 million gallons per day of imported water, about 12 million gallons of recycled water for irrigation and nearly 8 million gallons of drinking water from two desalt treatment plants. Camarillo Acorn_ 12/8/06

South Florida Water Management District helps fund alternative water projects

With $18 million in matching funds from the state, the South Florida Water Management District has approved $40.5 million to help South Florida communities build alternative water supply projects. When completed, SFWMD predicted the projects collectively to provide 238.5 million gallons of additional water a day. The district said it expects more than a quarter of that water, 63.1 million gallons a day, to be available as early as next year. Alternative water includes using saltwater, brackish water, surface water following wet weather, reclaimed water and stormwater from reservoirs or aquifer storage and recovery systems. South Florida Business Journal_ 10/13/06

Los Angeles to make $3 billion in sewer, storm water and water treatment improvements

The city is expected to add 700,000 residents in the next 14 years and all those people - and their waste - will generate 68 million more gallons of wastewater daily. Much of the massive blueprint is dedicated to upgrading sewer lines and expanding the city's wastewater treatment plant in the Valley. And it marks one of the first comprehensive efforts in years. The Bureau of Sanitation is expected to present the plan to the Los Angeles Board of Public Works on Wednesday, and officials expect the City Council to approve it by the end of October. The sewer, storm-water and wastewater upgrades would be built over the next 20 years. The Integrated Resources Plan is a new kind of project for Los Angeles. The Department of Water and Power - which supplies water for use - and the Bureau of Sanitation - which treats water after it's used - teamed up to see how they could coordinate efforts. Los Angeles Daily News_ 10/4/06

September, 2006

California infrastructure gets C-minus as engineers issue report card

California's infrastructure is in such bad shape that the $42 billion bond package on the November ballot would make only a dent in the problem, according to a new report issued Wednesday by an engineers group. The American Society of Civil Engineers gave the state's overall infrastructure a grade of C-minus and said it would take an additional $37 billion annually for at least a decade to get it up to an acceptable B grade. The C-minus grade came in the American Society of Civil Engineers' first California Infrastructure Report Card, based on similar reports by the society at the national level. The last national report card gave the U.S. infrastructure a D grade. Los Angeles Daily News_ 9/27/06

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Louis Berger Group and Black & Veatch joint venture wins $1.4 billion Afghanistan water and infrastructure contract from USAID

The Louis Berger Group, Inc. and Black & Veatch Special Projects Corp. Joint Venture (JV) has been awarded the five-year, $1.4 billion Afghanistan Infrastructure and Rehabilitation Program (AIRP) contract by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The AIRP work, expanding and rehabilitating critical infrastructure, will benefit the government and people of Afghanistan through the rehabilitation and construction of critical energy, transportation and water infrastructure in the country. These improvements will be anchored through long-term technical, operational and regulatory assistance to the ministries and agencies that operate and maintain the infrastructure, including training, mentoring and multi-country exchange programs that transfer global best practices to Afghanistan utilities. Press Release_ 9/19/06

August, 2006

Aquatech International Corporation wins $100 million wastewater plant for Oman's Mukhaizna oilfield

US based Aquatech won a contract to supply a wastewater recycling and reuse plant, valued at over $100 million, for the Mukhaizna enhanced oil recovery project, Oman Daily Observer reported. The facility will use Mechanical Vapour Compression-based evaporation technology to desalinate and recycle wastewater that will be generated during the development of the potentially prolific Mukhaizna field in central Oman one of the largest in the Sultanate. MENAFN_ 8/26/06

Rhode Island business park developer Nicholas E. Cambio hires Northeast Engineers & Consultants to build $5 million to $6 million independent water system

Cambio estimated he ultimately would need as much as 2.3 million gallons a day for the 480-acre Centre of New England business park project in Coventry. But the Kent County Water Authority, struggling to find new sources of water to serve its multi-community coverage area, has balked at giving Cambio a guarantee. The Water Authority serves all of the buildings in the business park thus far. But earlier this year, it gave its blessing to Cambio's plan for an independent system within its own network. Providence Journal_ 8/23/06

Bureau of Reclamation to expand water aid to Cloudcroft, New Mexico

Stewart Brothers Drilling Co. won a competitive contract to drill a 1,200-foot-deep well that will serve as a drinking water source for the village of Cloudcroft. Work is to begin in September and end in November. This is the fourth well drilling contract issued under the Bureau's Drought Emergency Assistance Program and the second instance of assistance to Cloudcroft. Under the program, wells also are being drilled in Ruidoso, Ruidoso Downs and Las Vegas (N.M.). Some of the Bureau's funding will go toward well drilling, temporary water distribution, contingency planning, water banking, and conservation efforts in severe drought situations. New Mexico Business Weekly_ 8/17/06

New York mayor goes underground for huge water tunnel excavation

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, wearing a hard hat and knee-high galoshes, traveled 550 feet below city streets on Wednesday to mark the end of excavation for an 8 1/2-mile water tunnel and witness the final gouge into Manhattan bedrock. The citywide project, expected to be completed in 2012, began 36 years ago and has spanned the administrations of six mayors. When you turn on a faucet in New York City, that water is most likely being delivered from upstate reservoirs by two other tunnels that were built in 1917 and 1936 and carry 1.2 billion gallons of water per day. They have never been taken out of service for inspection or maintenance, which is part of the reason officials are eager to complete the new water tunnel. The next step for the Manhattan portion of the tunnel, which also will carry water from upstate, is to finish it off with concrete. The leg under Brooklyn and Queens is nearly complete and is expected to start delivering water in 2009. AP/Newsday_ 8/9/06

South Dakota water system to celebrate end of 13-year construction project

The Mid-Dakota Rural Water System plans a celebration in Miller on Saturday to observe the pending finish of the federally funded portion of the project. October completion of a pipeline southeast of Huron will mark the end of 13 years of construction. The system, which delivers water from Lake Oahe to customers in a 7,000-square-mile area, started in 1994 with the construction of the reservoir pumping station. Mid-Dakota, conceived as a $108 million project in 1989, now is estimated to cost $155 million. The water system serves 30,000 people in 13 South Dakota counties. AP/Rapid City Journal_ 8/9/06

Mason, Michigan to build $7 million water treatment plant to cut radium levels

The new plant will double water bills for residents and is expected to go online in 2008. Federal rules that went into effect in December 2003 call for radium levels to be measured where water enters the distribution system rather than farther down the line. Radium, a naturally occurring groundwater contaminant, may raise the risk of bone cancer, said Adam Rosenthal, environmental quality analyst with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Lansing State Journal_ 8/6/06

July, 2006

High bids stall Washington County, Arkansas water project for rural homes

Construction on the Southeast Water project was scheduled to begin this fall, but four bids received for Phase One construction work all significantly overshot the $3.3 million budget, said Wayne Blankenship, the county grant administrator. The bids ranged between $5.1 million and $7 million. The construction estimates were prepared more than two years ago, and rising prices since then contributed to the problem, said Jerry Hunton, county judge. The project must be fully funded before construction can begin, according to state and federal funding rules. The three-phase project, approved in 2004, is planned to run rural water to an estimated 750 users in the southeast quadrant of Washington County. The Morning News_ 7/29/06

April, 2006

£100 million rennovation to give Edinburgh, Scotland world's 'best' water

Edinburgh's Victorian water supply is to receive a £100m boost to help rid it of discoloured water and leaky pipes. Scottish Water has announced a huge investment programme to improve the quality of water for more than 500,000 people living in the city. The project, which will run for more than four years, will also provide better protection against the potentially deadly cryptosporidium bug. Water officials said the water supply would be "the best in the world". BBC News_ 4/24/06

Texas water plan with new reservoirs under fire

Landowners, environmentalists and timber industry executives are lining up to oppose a regional water plan for the Dallas-Fort Worth area that depends on the construction of two huge new reservoirs in Northeast Texas. The Texas Water Development Board is set to vote Tuesday on whether to approve the water use plans, which include the construction of the $2.1 billion Marvin Nichols Dam on the Sulphur River and the $569 million Fastrill Dam on the Neches River, which would flood about 100,000 acres combined and require hundreds of thousands of more acres to be taken. The Dallas-Fort Worth area should do more to conserve water and use existing water resources before the state builds two massive new reservoirs, opponents said Monday. AP/KRIS-TV_ 4/17/06

Far-sighted Phoenix plans new water treatment plant to meet needs for next half century

Construction for just the first phase of the new Western Canal Water Treatment Plant is expected to be at least $350 million, officials said Thursday. It will cost another $13 million a year to operate. It is supposed to augment the city's entire existing distribution system using a combination of groundwater and canal water provided by Salt River Project and Central Arizona Project. Phoenix wants to have it ready to provide as much as 40 million gallons of water per day by 2014. It should be fully built out by 2055, when it will be pumping as many as 120 million gallons of water daily. Arizona Republic_ 4/14/06 (logon required)

December, 2005

Raft of new sewage treatment and desalination projects planned across the United Arab Emirates

Demand is running at its highest in Dubai — increasing at a rate of 14% every year. A major sewage treatment plant will be built at Jebel Ali and is expected to recycle 65.9 million gallons of wastewater a day by the time it is completed in 2009. Three new desalination units are also planned for the site and they will increase current production capacity by 159.4 million gallons a day within the next two years. The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is also boosting production at the Al Aweer wastewater plant by 10.9 million gallons a day and is in talks over plans to construct new sites in the emirate. The move comes as the government and developers wrangle over the region’s dwindling water supplies. The Middle East currently consumes 1% of the world’s fresh water resources. ITP.net_ 12/24/05

November, 2005

San Francisco PUC OKs revised water plan

A $4.3 Billion project
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved a revised plan Tuesday to rebuild the Hetch Hetchy system, a $4.3 billion project that officials say is crucial to assuring the soundness of the regional water supply.

The 10-year construction project calls for upgrading pipeline, dams, pump stations and tunnels along the 167-mile aqueduct that starts in Yosemite National Park and ends in the Bay Area. The intent is to make the system, which supplies water to residents and businesses in San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo and Alameda counties, less vulnerable to earthquake damage and other threats, including terrorism.  San Francisco Chronicle_11/30/05

Work ends on 100-mile UK Victorian water line
The Thirlmere Aqueduct carries water from Cumbria to the Manchester area. It was built in 1885. During the £750,000 project, engineers re-lined three of the sections with a special waterproof plastic. BBC News_ 10/22/05

Unit of Sweden's Skanska to build $52 million wastewater treatment plant in Douglas County, Georgia

The Douglasville-Douglas County Water and Sewer Authority awarded the contract to Skanska USA Civil's unit Atlantic Skanska, which within the last year has secured four water treatment plant projects in the Greater Atlanta area, with a combined value of $155 million. The assignment involves a new wastewater treatment facility with a capacity of six million gallons per day, approximately 23,000 cubic meters. Work begins in October and is scheduled to be completed in approximately two and half years. The new treatment facility will replace an existing plant. The project will result in a capacity increase necessitated by the sharp growth in population in the region. The number of wastewater customers in Douglasville-Douglas County is increasing at a rate of 6 percent annually. Press Release/PrimeZone_ 10/6/05

Mayor of Rockford, Illinois proposes $75 million water quality overhaul

The city's 14 aldermen would have to give Mayor Larry Morrissey's project the green light with a vote this fall. Their approval would allow the city to raise the average monthly water rate from $16.90 per household to $23.50 over a three-year period. The plan calls for a complete overhaul of the system, addressing a number of system deficiencies, including high levels of iron and manganese, radium contamination, low water pressure and a deteriorating infrastructure. The proposed improvements include the construction of 10 treatment plants, the installation of two new wells, the additional of variable speed pumps and new electrical controls at primary well sites, construction of about 15 miles of new water main and the demolition of three dilapidated concrete water storage tanks. Rockford Register Star_ 10/10/05

Turkey begins $9.5 million engineering work for Cyprus water pipeline

The Turkish water supply project, which envisaged to meet the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus's (TRNC) long term water need, has been launched.
The construction of some of its parts has been signed between the General Directorate of State Hydraulic Works and Alsim Alarko. The pipeline will provide an annual water supply of 75 million meter cubes, of which 15 million meter cubes will be used as drinking water after being processed at the water treatment facilities to be built near Lefkosa (Nicosia). The remaining 60 million meter cubes will be used to irrigate the Mesaoria plain. The estimated duration and the total cost of the construction is not yet clear. The German newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau wrote Turkey planned to realize the project with an estimated cost of $250 million within five years. Zaman_ 10/8/05

Indianapolis, Indiana mayor unveils $435 million sewer plan
Mayor Bart Peterson announced a sweeping program of sewer improvement projects today that would nearly double sewer rates and stormwater fees over the next three years. Peterson said the problem of 45 to 80 combined sewer overflows every year must be addressed to improve the environment, quality of life and health of Indianapolis neighborhoods. Indianapolis Star_ 10/3/05

September, 2005

Hartford, West Virginia to discuss potential water, sewer upgrades

Dirty water, leaks and low water pressure have become the norm in the Town of Hartford, much to the dismay of people who live there. But perhaps no one is as concerned as Steve Myers, chief operator of the water and sewer department in the town. He said the water and sewer departments both need renovations, with an out-dated pumphouse, old water lines and small tanks being the biggest problems in the water department. Point Pleasant Register_ 9/30/05

100-mile UK aqueduct repairs begun between Lake District and Manchester
The £750,000 ($1.3 million) project will repair the Thirlmere Aqueduct, which carries water from Cumbria to the Manchester area and was built in 1885. Engineers are re-lining three of the bridge sections with a special waterproof plastic. Due to the remote location of the stretch between Thirlmere and Kendal, workers and their equipment will be transported by helicopter. BBC News_ 9/27/05

CH2M Hill wins $159 million contract to build San Diego County Water Authority water treatment plant
The San Diego County Water Authority board of directors took action at a special meeting today to approve construction of a 100-million gallon per day water treatment plant. The plant, the first to be built and operated by the Water Authority, will help alleviate the growing need for additional treated water capacity that has strained the Authority’s ability to meet demands over the last three summers. The water treatment plant is part of the Water Authority’s $3.2 billion Capital Improvement Program to reduce over reliance on a single supplier and improve water reliability by diversifying the region’s water supply portfolio. The board selected the submerged membrane treatment process over two other proposed conventional treatment processes. It was determined that the membrane treatment process will produce a higher quality water and be less expensive then the conventional processes and will be more environmentally friendly. San Diego County Water Authority Press Release_ 9/8/05

Frederick County, Maryland and city of Frederick  end negotiations over how a 15-mile water line from the Potomac River will be used
The county will still build the line, and the city will still get water -- but not as much as it wanted. With the end of negotiations, a 2000 agreement among the two governments and the Lake Linganore Association will guide how the 25 million gallons a day of water are allocated. With its proposed ultimate allocation cut in half, the city's proportional share of the costs comes to about $16 million instead of $31 million. AP/Baltimore Sun_ 9/4/05

August, 2005

Reservoirs, wells, integration part of Maui water plan
Hawaii's Maui County is focused on planning a complete, integrated water system, Mayor Alan Arakawa told Upcountry residents last week. Tapping a variety of sources and transmission systems, from bigger reservoirs to privately developed wells, from desalination plants to pipelines connecting Central Maui with Upcountry, the county will provide the entire island a more stable water supply, Arakawa said. When voters in 2002 approved a plan to strip authority from the Board of Water Supply and bring the county water system under the full control of the mayor and County Council, county officials were left with a hodgepodge of policies and rules cobbled together over a period of decades. The Maui News_ 8/21/05

Changes would allow more water to flow from the Delta to Southern California

The state and federal governments want to change the operations of California's water systems to allow increased pumping from the Delta. The Operating Criteria and Plan — OCAP — was hammered out by the federal Bureau of Reclamation and the Department of Water Resources. The bureau operates the Central Valley Project and the state operates the California State Water Project. It would increase the amount of water the state can pump out of the Delta near Tracy from 6,680 to 8,500 cubic feet per second. One cfs is about 450 gallons per minute. The plan's environmental impact report is currently being challenged by a lawsuit filed by environmental groups. Chico Enterprise-Record_ 8/20/05

June, 2005

Syria's capital water infrastructure to be upgraded
Damascus water supply pipes that currently lose around a third of their contents through leakage will be upgraded at the end of June, following an agreement between the Japanese government and Syrian authorities.  The system carries water to around three million people living in the Syrian capital, Damascus.  Reuters_6/20/05

Tapia forests and water supply projects in Madagascar get World Bank funding
A project to conserve Madagascar's tapia forests and revive its wild silkworms, is one of the two Malagasy entries which have won funding in the World Bank's 2005 Development Marketplace Competition.  Ny Tanintsika ('our land'), a Malagasy NGO working in land management and community development issues, is to receive about US $110,000 to reforest the Tapia woods, which cover roughly 50,000 ha in the Amoron'i Mania region of southeastern Madagascar. Tapia trees (Uapaca bojeri) are known locally for their edible fruit and as the habitat of the wild Malagasy silkworm.  Another NGO, Bush Proof, will receive $150,000 to provide clean water to rural and coastal areas by rapidly constructing jetted wells with hand pumps. This method of well drilling involves the use of a high-velocity stream of fluid to cut a hole in the ground and transport the loosened material out of the hole.  Reuters_6/7/05

Unloved, but not unbuilt; World Bank looks to build a different kind of dam, but not China and India

In recent years, the World Bank scaled back its involvement in dam building, in part because of regional economic problems and in part because of mounting criticism that many large dams did more harm than good. But now as it re-enters the arena, the bank has been under pressure to improve its review process to produce better dams: ones that generate as much power or irrigate as much land as developers claim, have as benign an impact on the environment as possible, and increase living standards of the people affected. Yet such "good" dams often have higher costs, so while the bank moves cautiously, it risks losing projects to countries like China and India, which are willing to export their dam-building expertise without all the strings attached.  New York Times_ 6/5/05 (logon required)

May, 2005

Construction finally begins on controversial Bronx water filtration plant
After years of court battles, public hearings and protests, the city is finally building a water filtration plant in the Bronx. The work on the controversial five-year project started four months ago.  The facility will be tucked away 10-stories underground at a cost of $1.5 billion.  NY1_5/24/05

Increased spending targets water and energy in Australia
The NSW Government will spend an extra $1 billion a year until 2009 on building and investing in infrastructure, with a clear focus on the state's dwindling water supplies and increasing energy demand.  The Treasurer, Andrew Refshauge, said $3.8 billion would be spent on hospitals, schools, roads and police. But the largest investment would be in NSW's public trading enterprises. More than $4 billion would be invested in water, public transport, energy and housing, he said.  The Sydney Morning Herald_5/25/05 logon required

Water and sewer bonds on Kansas City Council agenda
The City Council will consider putting two measures on the Aug. 2 ballot that together call for up to $500 million in additional revenue bonds for more modernization.  Voters authorized $175 million in bonds in the mid-1990s to begin upgrading ancient water and sewer pipes, but the city officials say the job is far from over.  Kansas City has some sewers that predate the Civil War, and half of its water lines are 50 to 100 years old.  Kansas City Star_5/19/05 logon required

Saudis in S.F. to cement U.S. ties

Billions in government contracts discussed

Saudi Arabian businessmen and royalty swept through San Francisco on Wednesday on a national tour to increase U.S. investment in the kingdom and ease fears that terrorism could disrupt trade.  The delegation's members brought with them the promise of billions in government contracts to build new power plants, railways and water desalinization facilities to serve their fast-growing population. They touted new laws to privatize government-run industries and allow foreigners to own up to 100 percent of new projects, an arrangement formerly banned.   San Francisco Chronicle_5/19/05

Pennsylvania water company to improve infrastructure
Aqua Pennsylvania Inc. said it will spend more than $80 million to improve its infrastructure in southeastern Pennsylvania this year.  The subsidiary of Bryn Mawr, Pa.-based Aqua America Inc. (NYSE: WTR) said the two largest projects it plans to undertake are plant upgrades at its Pickering West water treatment facility in Schuylkill Township, which will cost $7.27 million, and its Crum Creek water treatment facility in Springfield Township, which will cost $7.1 million.  Philadelphia Business Journal_5/18/05

Water might be added to tunnel mix
The area's major water district will study using Orange County-Inland Empire traffic shortcut.

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California will study the feasibility of boring an 11-mile-long tunnel under the Cleveland National Forest, adding some political muscle to a proposal that could give Inland Empire commuters a direct route to Orange County.  Dismissed by critics as farfetched and overly expensive, the tunnel is one of several options under consideration by regional transportation agencies trying to alleviate the traffic crush between Orange and Riverside counties. It could also carry water pipes between the two regions.   Los Angeles Times_5/12/05 Logon Required


April, 2005

Doosan Heavy Industries and Construction Ltd. wins $264.5 billion won ($261.1 million) water processing plant construction contract in Kuwait

The South Korean company said in a public notice to the Korea Exchange that Kuwait's Ministry of Energy had placed the order, with construction due to be completed by December, 2007. Reuters_ 4/11/5

South Korea's Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co. wins $266 million Qatar water project

Doosan planned to complete construction of the water treatment facility by May, 2008, the company said in a statement. Reuters_ 4/6/05

Malaysia secures long-awaited 82 billion yen ($764 million) Japanese loan for state water project, after overcoming environmental hurdles

The 40-year loan carries an interest rate of just 0.95 percent. The 3.8 billion ringgit ($1 billion) project is badly needed to ensure adequate water supplies for the fast-growing capital, Kuala Lumpur, and surrounding areas of the heavily populated state of Selangor. It involves building a dam in neighbouring Pahang state and piping water to Kuala Lumpur and Selangor. Reuters_ 4/4/05

March, 2005

Moss Point, Mississippi breaks ground for new water treatment system

Project Crystal Clear includes two reverse osmosis water treatment plants and new water lines to improve water distribution. The project was undertaken in connection with the settlement of an enforcement action taken by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. Rohm and Haas, a chemical company, was fined $38 million before closing its Moss Point plant in 2001. Sun Herald_ 3/31/05

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awards California firm, Granite Construction Inc., $34.8 million contract to build pumping station on Arkansas' White River

The Grand Prairie Irrigation Project has been mired for several years in a court battle as conservationists and reluctant farmers fight to keep it from being built. Supporters of the project say it is needed to replace water now being pumped from aquifers that have been depleted to dangerously low levels. AP/San Francisco Chronicle_ 3/10/05

February, 2005

UK's Severn Trent Water to invest £2.3billion in water improvements
The firm supplies water to about eight million customers across the East and West Midlands. The company says the money will mean improved drinking water quality, more flooding protection and upgraded sewerage infrastructure. BBC News_ 2/22/05

Option for Charlottesville, Va.-area water expansion causes concern

The 980-acre Ragged Mountain Natural Area has become a treasured resource for local runners, hikers and bird-watchers over the years. But if the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority chooses to expand the reservoir, many of the trails would be completely submerged. Demand is expected to outpace supply by 2008, and worsen every year after. The RWSA has proposed several possible solutions, including expanding the South Fork Rivanna Reservoir, piping water from the James River and flooding the natural area. Charlottesvillle, Va. Daily Progress_ 2/14/05

Costs soar to fix San Francisco Bay area's Hetch Hetchy reservoir; Higher water bills could fund upgrade

The projected cost of rebuilding the San Francisco-owned regional water system on which 2.4 million Bay Area residents rely has ballooned 20 percent to $4.3 billion -- and city utility officials plan to ask suburban customers in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Alameda counties to pick up the additional tab. In a report for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission on upgrading the Hetch Hetchy water system, General Manager Susan Leal blames inadequate planning by her predecessors at the agency for a $700 million increase in the $3.6 billion price tag that was presented to city voters and suburban customers back in 2002. Reuters_ 2/8/05

Delay expected in bidding for $101 million Wisconsin water pipeline

A delay with engineering designs for the Central Brown County Water Authority’s pipeline to Manitowoc is expected to push back its earliest bid dates by two weeks, authority Manager Dave Vaclavik said. The delay, which would likely cause project bid dates to be consolidated into a shorter span, shouldn’t affect the project timeline, Vaclavik told authority members. Made up of the communities of De Pere, Howard, Allouez, Bellevue, Lawrence and Ledgeview, the authority has planned to complete the project in time to begin buying Lake Michigan water from Manitowoc by December 2006 to meet new federal guidelines. Green Bay Press-Gazette_ 2/6/05

January, 2005

SNC-Lavalin to build water plant in Algeria

In addition to building the C$750 million ($604 million) water treatment plant and pumping station, the company will operate and maintain the facilities for five years. SNC-Lavalin said construction should be completed in the fall of 2007.  Reuters_ 1/27/05

Guam Waterworks Authority to borrow $16.8 million for radio water meters and privitization study

The Consolidated Commission authorized the borrowing to purchase equipment and meters needed to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Stipulated Order. The radio read water meters will improve the accuracy and speed of meter reading. The CCU also voted to authorize Guam Waterworks Authority to pay $2.3 million in overdue accounts payable, and $3.7 million toward the study for privatization of the agency. Pacific Daily News_ 1/18/05

December, 2004

Victor Valley Water District to build $10 million pond system to percolate water into California's High Desert aquifer

If the system is feasible, the district will link the ponds via an 8-mile-long pipeline to bring water from the California Aqueduct to the ponds. The water district serves 20,000 customers in a 55-square-mile area encompassing Victorville and unincorporated Mountain View Acres to the west. San Bernardino Sun_ 12/4/04

November 22, 2004

Adding height to California's Shasta Dam is a $500 million project that might boost state's dwindling water storage

It's a perfect spot for expansion, although it's not the only site under intense scrutiny in this scramble for new water storage. Under the Bureau of Reclamation's current timetable, construction could be under way in five years and completed in 10. Sacramento Bee_ 11/22/04

California to study removal of Hetch Hetchy Valley dam in Yosemite National Park, a source of drinking water for the San Francisco Bay area

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's resources secretary, Mike Chrisman, directed his agency to study possible restoration of the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park, giving an unexpected official boost to the controversial idea of dismantling the dam that has been integral to the Bay Area's water supply for more than 80 years. The decision came less than two months after the nonprofit group Environmental Defense released a study detailing possible alternatives to the Bay Area's sources of drinking water and hydroelectric power. Chrisman said he has asked the Department of Water Resources to review 20 years' worth of restoration proposals. Los Angeles Times_ 11/12/04 (logon required)

Cumberland County, Virginia chosen as site for $170 million reservoir

Cumberland and Henrico counties have settled on a site in northern Cumberland for a proposed reservoir that would provide water for the Richmond area during droughts. The lake, on Cobbs Creek near the James River, would cover about 1,100 acres and hold 15 billion gallons. Cumberland is a rural county of 9,000 about 45 miles west of Richmond. Richmond Times-Dispatch_ 11/11/04

Britain's Interserve Plc wins two water contracts worth $277 million

Interserve, which cleans hospitals and schools, said one contract was with Severn Trent Water worth around 100 million pounds and the other was a project to build a treatment plant for Thames Water worth 50 million pounds as part of a consortium. Reuters_ 11/10/04

Layton, Utah tells developers if you want to build here, BYOW: Bring Your Own Water

City officials approved a plan requiring developers to provide water shares equal for three-acre feet of water -- or 1 million gallons -- for each acre they develop. Driving the new ordinance is a fear that the city won't have enough drinking water once it reaches its peak of about 119,000 residents, or buildout, by the year 2030. AP/Daily Herald_ 11/8/04

October, 2004

Water level behind dam in San Francisco's East Bay area lowered to avoid flood in event of major earthquake

Lowering the water level behind the 84-year-old earthen dam at San Pablo Reservoir is a temporary fix and it may cost $100 million to repair the dam. Costs would be borne by customers of the East Bay Municipal Utility District. State dam engineers inspect 1,250 dams.

An additional 100 California dams are managed by the federal government.  San Francisco Chronicle_ 10/28/04

Southern California's Matilija Dam outlives its usefulness, but removing it presents a costly challenge

The sheer size of its removal will make it one of the most complicated in the country, and the project will carry an expected price tag of $130 million. The local water district is leading the removal effort. The dam, built in 1947, was created for flood control and to recharge groundwater supplies. AP/San Francisco Chronicle_ 10/25/04

Florida to build new reservoir as part of $1.5 billion in projects designed to speed Everglades restoration

The new reservoir will serve protect the Caloosahatchee River and provide a back up water supply for Southwest Florida. NBC2_ 10/14/04

From murky depths, angst

It may be difficult to grasp how flushing the toilet could be considered a political act. Yet gallons upon gallons of waste that enter the city's sewer system every day must go someplace, and deciding where, and how it arrives there, can be deeply contentious. New York Times_ 10/3/04 (logon required)

New Britain, Connecticut, to receive $300,000 federal grant for water treatment plant

The plant began operating in May, but additional VA-HUD funds will help defray costs to taxpayers while reducing water bills. Federal grants have funded a little over 10 percent of the $57 million plant. A large portion was funded with a state grant; New Britain residents have funded between $14 million and $15 million through their bonding capability. The new plant, which replaced two plants built in 1940 and 1960, can pump and treat 22 million gallons of water each day and serve 85,000 residents in New Britain, Farmington, Newington, Berlin and Bristol. It is expected to meet the region’s needs for the next 70 years. New Britain Herald_ 10/2/04

September, 2004

U.S. unveils $1 billion deal for Afghan construction, including water and sewer projects

The U.S. Defense Department notified Congress of a proposed sale of infrastructure and construction services to Afghanistan by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers valued at up to $1 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which oversees foreign arms sales, said the deal would cover construction of facilities for the Afghan National Army in Kabul, as well as four regional army command posts in Gardez, Kandahar, Herat and Mazar-e Sharif.  Reuters_ 9/28/04

Raucous New York City Council meeting approves $1.3 billion water filtration plant to be built in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx

In return, the borough would get more than $200 million for parks projects. The plant was approved 45 to 5, with one abstention, despite angry protests from several Council members and outbursts from spectators in the balcony. New York Times_ 9/29/04 (logon required)

Senate Appropriations Committee approves $800,000 for Alabama's Coosa Valley Water Authority surface water treatment facility

Plans are to build an 8 mgd (million gallons per day) water treatment facility about halfway between Coal City and Ragland at the old Collins Spring quarry, which is located off Alabama 144. Officials hope the new surface water treatment facility can be up and running by spring 2007. Daily Home_ 9/24/04

Southwest Florida may receive big money for water projects

The South Florida Water Management District, which covers 16 counties and is leading the $8 billion Everglades restoration, is in the final stages of preparing its $792.3 million budget. In Southwest Florida, the Estero Bay watershed will get about $1 million in projects; the Caloosahatchee River area will get $4.1 million; there's a flood forecasting project on the books for Orange River; and Charlotte Harbor will see about $1 million.  News-press_  9/20/04

Construction of the much-awaited Matabeleland Zambezi Water Project pipeline is likely to be delayed

The only construction contract awarded so far is to Chinese Electrical Machinery and Equipment (CEME) to build the Gwayi-Shangani dam. Designs haven't been drawn yet for the 450-kilometre pipeline from the Zambezi river to Bulawayo. The entire project is scheduled for completion in about three years. Officials of Matabeleland Zambezi Water Trust (MZWT) are expected to travel to Malaysia this month to sign a US$600 million joint-venture that will see the Malaysians holding an 80% stake in the project while the MZWT will only have a 20% equity.  Zimbabwe Independent_ 9/10/04

China breaks ground on $50.3 million Beijing-Shijiazhuang water tunnel

Work on the huge inverted siphon and a more than 2,660-metre long tunnel began in Hebei's Quyang and Xushui counties, respectively. The 307-kilometre long Beijing-Shijiazhuang section is a key part of the middle line to link four reservoirs in Hebei with Beijing as an emergency water supply channel to help ease up possible shortages in China's capital city by 2007 or before the Beijing 2008 Olympics. China Daily_ 9/2/04

August, 2004
Houston, Texas' $97 million water purification plant fails purity tests
"You can't drink it," David Berg, a local lawyer who chairs the Houston Area Water Corp. board that oversees the plant, told the Houston Chronicle. "I don't think in the long run this is going to be a problem, but right now we have a serious problem."
The Northeast Water Purification Plant is technically private, but actually belongs to a quasi-governmental nonprofit HAWC created four years ago by the city of Houston, which owns the rights to Lake Houston's water. The cost of fixing the problems will be borne by Montgomery Watson Harza, the Colorado contractor hired by HAWC to build the plant. AP/Denton Record-Chronicle_ 8/26/04 (logon required)

San Francisco's troubled Hetch Hetchy expansion may be done early but the $3.6 billion project could cost an additional $194 million
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission's rebuild and expansion of the Sierra-fed waterworks may be completed two years ahead of schedule in 2014, according to a state-mandated report. New commission General Manager Susan Leal, who resigned as San Francisco treasurer and took over the long-troubled water, power and sewer agency morning, said she wasn't surprised by the increases.  San Francisco Chronicle_ 8/25/04


Virginia commission lets Newport News take water from Mattaponi River for a reservoir

Despite continued concerns that the shad population would be hurt, the Virginia Marine Resources Commission reversed itself 15 months after it had denied the proposal over concern for the fish. The VMRC's decision resets in motion the Army Corps of Engineers review of the proposal for a 1,500-acre reservoir in King William County. AP/Virginia Pilot_ 8/13/04

York Water Co. begins work on $23 million pipeline linking Pennsylvania's Susquehanna River to Lake Redman

Kinsley Construction is expected to finish the 15-mile project by November. The pipeline will carry up to 12 million gallons of water daily to Redman and then into Lake Williams during times of drought. York Daily Record_ 8/10/04

Long-delayed project to remove two dams on Washington state's Elwha River finally approved

The city of Port Angeles, the National Park Service and members of the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe signed the agreement to begin work on the $182 million plan to restore the Elwha. Approximately 145 dams have been removed in the United States since 1999, but all were smaller than the 108-foot-tall Elwha Dam and the 210-foot-tall Glines Canyon Dam. The federal government will put $70 million toward construction of a water-treatment plant in Port Angeles, while the Lower Elwha Klallam Reservation will receive a sewer system, raised flood-protection levee and fish hatchery.  AP/San Francisco Chronicle_ 8/6/04

July, 2004
$150 million San Luis Obispo County, California water pipeline moving ahead despite urging from private desalination effort to put it on hold
The Nacimiento Water Project is a 45-mile-long pipeline from Nacimiento Lake to San Luis Obispo, delivering water to communities along the way. A private group is working on preliminary plans to build a $90-million desalination plant that could be used instead of, or in addition to, the pipeline. At a public workshop a spokesman for DesalNATE of Woodland Hills, the private desalination plan being developed by Parson Brinckerhoff, advocated putting the pipeline on hold while his project is given more consideration. Local officials say there aren't enough details yet on a desal plant to justify halting the pipeline.  San Luis Obispo Tribune_ 7/18/04

New York county gets $10 million for water system to attract business to new technology park
Saratoga County now has $20 million in state and federal grants to apply to the estimated $55 million to $60 million it will cost to pipe water from the Upper Hudson River at Moreau to the 1,350-acre Luther Forest Technology Campus in Malta and Stillwater. The project could bring as many as 10,000 jobs and $10 billion in investment to the region. Saratoga Economic Development Corp. President Kenneth Green is now on the West Coast recruiting prospective tenants.  Albany, N.Y. Times-Union_ 7/15/04

Lugoff-Elgin`s new $4.7 million, state-of-the-art South Carolina water treatment plant is nearly complete
The plant is designed to remain in compliance with government water quality regulations until at least 2015 and features a four-stage flocculation system -- a phase in the purification process during which positively charged particles are added to raw water to bond with solids and remove them from the water -- as well as advanced sedimentation and filtration systems. The present plant was built in 1974 and will be used as a backup system.  Chronicle-Independent_ 7/12/04

Feature: From 1800s-era boilers to $116 million state-of-the-art water treatment: It began with the flood

Macon, Georgia's move from the antique to modern came thanks to the flood that left residents without water for three weeks. Macon Telegraph_ 7/7/04

Aurora, Colorado looks to big recycling project to double water supply
In the coming months, Aurora officials will choose a plan designed to bring another 80,000 acre-feet of water into its system, doubling the city's supply by the year 2050. One proposal under study, the $250 million to $650 million Lower South Platte Project, would remove water downstream and pump it back to Aurora via a 35-mile pipeline to a newly built reservoir. There the water would be treated and reused. Under Colorado law, water native to a basin is usually used once, treated and returned to the stream. But water transferred from another watershed basin may be reused until it is gone. Rocky Mouontain News_ 7/5/04

Boustead engineering and technology to build a US$75 million, or S$129 million, water supply project in the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta
The project will eventually supply clean treated water to 60 to 70 percent of the city's 2.2 million people, spread over an area almost twice the size of Singapore. Channel NewsAsia_ 7/5/04

June, 2004

The village of Delta, Ohio gets OK from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to build the state's first double-membrane system to treat surface water

Cost estimates range from $2.6 million to $3.4 million for the treatment plant that uses microfiltration units and low-pressure reverse osmosis units. The current plant, which is nearly 75 years old, uses a sand filter process to treat water from reservoirs. Toledo Blade_ 6/26/04

San Diego County Water Authority approves nearly $2 billion in new projects to decrease dependence on southern California's Metropolitan Water District
The three most important of the 22 projects are a desalination plant, a $103 million water-treatment facility and a plan to create new reservoir storage space in the county. They'll decide next month how to pay for the projects. North County Times_ 6/25/04

Aurora, Colorado completes $25 million upgrade to one of two city water treatment plants
Aurora Utilities Department spokeswoman Melissa Elliott said the upgrade gives the Wemlinger plant the ability to treat an additional 60 million to 80 million gallons a day, an increase of about 33 percent. The plant's filter systems also were upgraded. Rocky Mountain News_ 6/21/04


May, 2004
$900 million Colorado water pipeline hinges on two cities
After years of complicated water trades, legal maneuvers and government bureaucracy, Colorado Springs is poised to see a clear path for its Southern Delivery System, a $900 million pipeline to bring to the city water it already owns in Pueblo Reservoir 43 miles away. But to get the deal through, Colorado Springs must appease Pueblo and Aurora, both with water rights in the river - and the clout to tie up the deal in court. Denver Post_ 5/24/04

Work on Jordan's $125 million Zara-Maeen water treatment project begins
Partially funded by the USAID, the Zara-Maeen treatment plant will provide 47 million cubic metres of potable water to Greater Amman and the Dead Sea resort areas, benefiting two million people, officials said. Jordan Times/MENAFN.com_ 5/12/04

April, 2004

Utah tests 20-mile, $150 million series of tunnels that links Strawberry Reservoir to the lower Spanish Fork River

The Central Utah Project eventually will guarantee water to the south end of Utah County for the next 50 years. It also will eventually bring water to north Utah County and Salt Lake County to replace water that Orem, Provo and north Utah County cities now take out of the Provo River for irrigation and drinking water before it reaches Utah Lake. Daily Herald_ 4/14/04

Malaysia promises clean and safe water for all homes in 6 years
The government's plans include building five dams, raw water transfer projects and several water treatment plants to ensure uninterrupted water supply. Straits Times 4/1/04

March, 2004

Saudi Arabia seeks desalination water investments for four Red Sea and Gulf coast projects totaling $5.3 billion
Private firms will have a 60 percent share in the build-own-operate projects, with the Saudi government holding 32 percent and the partly state-owned Saudi Electricity Company holding the remaining eight percent. Reuters 3/30/04

New York City water hazard?

The $1.2 billion water filtration plant is planned togo underneath a Bronx driving range. But residents fear the city won't keep its promise to restore the soil and 28 acres of grass when the eight-year construction project is finished. New York Times 3/25/04
Mason, Ohio approves contracts for $32 million wastewater plant
Construction equipment could start moving in within the next couple weeks on the project which is expected to take two years to complete.Cincinatti Enquirer 3/25/04

Colorado reservoir wins final approval
Parker's first reservoir, 20 years in the planning, has received final approval from the Army Corps of Engineers. Rocky Mountain News 3/11/04

February, 2004

Digging itself out of a hole. San Antonio, Texas, Water System gets proactive about replacing city's aging pipes; $110 million budgeted for 2004. San Antonio Business Journal 2/23/04

Sultanate of Oman likely to award multi-million dollar contracts later this year for a modern wastewater collection and treatment system. Trade Arabia 2/19/04

Texas water board allots $21.5 million for projects in seven parts of the state. AP/Star Telegram 2/18/04

Belfast, Northern Ireland, to get £100 million sewer system to serve 250,000 people. Old sewers date to Victorian era. 4ni 2/9/04
New York judge orders water company to build a filtration plant.
Company argued filtration wasn't needed. New York Times 2/7/04

January, 2004

South Dakota lawmakers move toward $500 million backcup plan for the Lewis & Clark Water Project. Bonds could be used if federal financing for the Missouri River project falls through. AP/Aberdeen News 1/29/04

Arkansas agency seeks more bids for Lake Wister water intake facility. Bids so far way over agency estimates. Fort Smith Times Record 1/12/04

December, 2003

Development in Hernando County, Florida runs on water. New water lines are moving in.  Hernando Today 12/28/03

Nineteen suburbs around Portland, Oregon should pay most of the cost of a new $200 million water filtration plant for Bull Run Reservoir, commissioner says. Filter will remove cryptosporidium and mud. Less mud means more water for the suburbs, he says. Portland Oregonian 12/22/03

Denver suburb to build $127 million water pipeline. It replaces an aging groundwater system that's been swamped by growth. Rocky Mountain News 12/20/03

For the first time in its history, Arizona halts development where water sources are inadequate. Arizona Republic 12/20/03

California town approves a $26 million wastewater plant to replace a pond system after a 15 million gallon sewage spill brought a state moratorium on growth that hurt the local economy.  Hollister Free Lance 12/16/03

Pennsylvania's Petroleum Valley Regional Water Authority has accepted a $16.6 million state grant for a public water system. The authority was created in 2002 to bring safe water to those whose wells were contaminated by industrial waste.  Butler Eagle 12/4/03

November, 2003

Report: Colorado's Big Straw project could cost up to $15 billion. Project moves Colorado River water from the western slope to eastern cities.  AP/Casper Star Tribune 11/20/03

Massachusetts tunnel opens to 2.2 million water users. Massive project puts Boston area ahead of rest of the nation in fixing aging water infrastructure.  Metro West Daily News 11/4/03

October, 2003

New Mexico water agency seeks $250 million for water project.  Clovis News Journal 10/23/03

Denver Water to look at Wolcott as site for new reservoir, easing political problems.  AP/Casper Star-Tribune 10/23/03

California community awards $3.7 million design contract to recycle water for agriculture. Goal is to limit sea water intrusion into the groundwater.  Santa Cruz Sentinel 10/17/03

Galion, Ohio to replace century-old water lines at a cost of $350,000.  Telegraph-Forum 10/13/03

Greenville, Alabama receives $1.6 million federal grant for water and sewer line construction. 10/13/03

Wilmington, Deleware to install new water meters in every home. Cost: $6.9 million.  News Journal 10/13/03

N.Y. mayor goes 550 feet below to start next leg of water tunnel construction. Sixty miles long, its the biggest public works project in NY city history. NY Times 10/9/03

September, 2003

Colorado utilities building water projects for one million users.  Rocky Mountain News

Southwest Florida Water Management District unveils $1 billion, 20-year plan for sustaining growth while trying to repair environmental damage from overpumping.  Herald Tribune

House votes $4.7 billion for Corps. of Engineer projects. Sets outside environmental and costs reviews for the first time.  AP/Yahoo

Pepperell, Mass. awards $4.17 million wastewater plant upgrade contract to Methuen Construction Corp. of Salem, NH.  Pepperell Free Press

Georgia county's water and sewer projects at a standstill. Not enough money to build them.  Hartwell Sun

USAID alerts firms to new construction contracts in Iraq. "Full and open competition" includes drinking water systems.  Reuters

Rusty water may linger in Ohio community until spring. Fifty-year-old water line will be replaced.  Port Clinton News Herald

Guam waterworks didn't have the money: Report urged improvement could have avoided current water treatment plant problems.  KUAM

Green Bay may stymie suburb coalition's water test request. Joint pipeline construction plan plays a role.  Green Bay Press-Gazette

$2.5 million state grant to build in water and sewage treatment plant in eastern Kentucky. Largest water grant ever made by the state. WKYT

Much of the U.S. infrastructure, from roads to drinking water systems is in dire need of overhaul, engineering report warns. Cost: $1.6 trillion. Reuters

New York village votes to borrow $750,000 to fix sewer system. Community of Newark may ask U.S. Dept. of Agriculture for a grant to repay loan. Finger Lakes Times
After more than 50 years living so close to the water works, he almost could see it, Ohio man finally is hooked up to water supply. Times Recorder
Hawaii's Big Island gets $970,000 EPA grant to help upgrade drinking water system. Pacific Business News

Overwhelmed by complaints of failed water projects in Nigeria, the African Development Bank (ADB) cancels 80% of nation's projects. Xinhuanet

Cicero, Ill. votes $685,000 to hire a consultant to assess the town's water and sewer systems. Town will seek federal funds to help shore up the outdated infrastructure. Chicago Tribune

Not Just Power: U.S. water, sewers and other utilities need extensive repairs. ABC News


Ceremony blesses beginnings of $40 million Hawaii water desalination plant. Should produce 5 million gallons within 3 years. The Honolulu Advertiser

Groundbreaking today for $198 million Missouri River water project. Brings water to 28,000 residents of northeast Montana. AP/Billings Gazette

Water conservation is cheaper than building north Texas reservoir, conservation report says. Country World News   

Latest plan suggests Green Bay, Wisconsin, drop its proposal for a second pipeline to Lake Michigan. Instead, city would boost capacity on current system and share with suburbs. The Green Bay News-Chronicle

Sand-filtered Missouri River aquifer in South Dakota to supply water to three states. $477 million project by 2015. Sioux City Journal

Oregon county might dig under the Columbia River for drinking water. Oregonian

York Water Co. breaks ground on $22-million Pennsylvania pipeline from the Susquehanna River to lakes Redman and Williams. York, Pa. Daily Record

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