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December, 2004

Sewer fees would raise millions for clean water
Minnesota has become the land of 10,000 polluted lakes, rivers and streams, a coalition of environmental, business and farm groups said Monday while calling for $80 million in new sewer fees to pay for cleanup. Homeowners would be charged $3 per month and businesses would pay between $120 and $600 per year for each sewer hookup under the "Clean Water Legacy" proposal. The money would pay for improvements to local sewage treatment plants and measures to reduce runoff from farms, with some of the money earmarked to protect pristine bodies of water.  Duluth News Tribune _12/20/04


California's Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta graveyard for orphan boats and live-aboards with no sanitation systems

The source of two-thirds of California's drinking water, the Delta now may get a clean-up as Contra Costa County officials propose new law to regulate pollution from vessels, establish mooring and anchoring regulations and define rules regulating the long-term use of houseboats. San Francisco Chronicle_ 12/7/04

November, 2004

Federal cuts in Clean Water State Revolving Fund delay sewer repairs

The Bush administration proposed trimming the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, which finances water infrastructure projects, from $1.3 billion in 2004 to $850 million in 2005. Congress pared back the fund, leaving the program at about $1 billion for fiscal 2005. Jackson Citizen Patriot/Mlive_ 11/22/04 (logon required)

Tucson urged to recycle sewage to meet drinking water needs

Pumping treated sewage into the ground so it can be reclaimed as drinking water could help sustain Tucson's water supply in coming decades, says the director of the city's water company. Such effluent now trickles into groundwater outside Tucson's water supply. But putting it below Tucson Water wells is among some difficult - and maybe unpopular - moves the city should make now to avoid problems later, Tucson Water Director David Modeer said. Tucson Citizen_ 11/20/04

Florida environmental groups plan suit over wastewater injection wells

The Volusia-based Wetlands Alert and the Surfrider Foundation of Palm Beach want the federal government to stop permitting and paying for projects the groups fear may be polluting the state's ocean and underground supply of drinking water. The groups are particularly concerned about wells that discharge wastewater into the ground. State officials said no wastewater wells exist in certain areas and in other places they are safe. Daytona Beach News-Journal_ 11/13/04

Male fish developing female characteristics in Colorado rivers downstream from sewage treament plants

Researchers say the cause is too much estrogen in the water, a natural female hormone that is found in every sewer system. But also, they say, certain chemical compounds in detergents and soaps can mimic estrogen. Estrogen mimickers are believed to be caused by chemicals called nonylphenols, found in everything from paints and rubber to cosmetics and plastics. They are considered a possible cause of kidney, eye, liver and reproductive problems. They’ve been banned in much of Europe and are under review in Canada, but are still common in America, where they are flowing out of sewage plants and into clean water flowing into America's rivers. Since finding evidence that estrogen may be turning male fish into female fish, scientists are now looking at what it means for the nation's drinking water. MSNBC_ 11/8/04

Delaware's waters are rank with sewage, a failure to wisely manage one of society's most basic chores: disposing of human waste

More than 30 years after the Clean Water Act gave the federal government broad authority to control water pollution, weak state regulation and booming growth in Delaware are threatening waterways throughout the state. News Journal_ 11/07/04

October, 2004

Baylor University researchers continue to find evidence that prescription drugs from Texas treated wastewater may alter behavior and sexual characteristics of marine life

The researchers, led by Baylor toxicologist Bryan Brooks, are attempting to determine whether the levels of antidepressants accumulating in the fish tissue could alter fish behavior by relaxing them to the point that they no longer fear predators and are no longer motivated to breed. The pharmaceuticals likely come from a Denton wastewater treatment plant, which during dry summer months serves as the main source of water into the creek. Based on current information, Brooks said he does not expect any impact to humans who might eat fish from the creek. But he said more study is needed because the effects of the chemicals in surface water is not well understood. Star-Telegram_ 10/24/04 (logon required)

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)

September, 2004

American Water selected to manage and expand Sioux City's wastewater facility; 20-year contract worth $114 million

American Water Services, a subsidiary of American Water which is a division of RWE Thames Water, will partner with Sioux City to manage its existing treatment plant while implementing an estimated $26.1 million capital expansion project over the next two years. Press Release_ 9/28/04

Great Falls, Montana extends Veolia Water's wastewater contract another 10 years

Valued at $25.7 million, the contract extends Veolia Water North America Operating Services' operation and maintainence the city's 21 million-gallon-per-day secondary wastewater treatment facility along with 26 lift stations, plus collection and analysis of industrial pretreatment samples. Great Falls will continue to experience rate stability and have guaranteed environmental compliance with the extended agreement. Veolia Water, formerly known as USFilter Operating Services, provides water and wastewater services to approximately 600 communities across North America. The company is part of Veolia Water, the No. 1 water company in the world. Press Release_ 9/27/04

New Mexico fines trailer park operator $261,000 for sewage violations
The Chamita, New Mexico park's sewerage system used two septic tanks to dispose of waste. System failures resulted in discharges that surfaced at the park on several occasions. Wastenews_ 9/14/04

Solution needed for 20 million tonnes of sewage that are expected to flow into England's Thames River each year

Thames Water was asked by the London Assembly's Health Committee why it pumped one million tonnes of sewage into the river during August's storms. The firm said the solution is a £1.5 billion tunnel under the Thames but added it would take 10 years to build. The Environment Agency said the health of the river's users could be affected. Last October, the London Assembly warned that the city's Victorian sewage system could not cope with large amounts of rainwater falling during a short period. BBC News_ 9/14/04

Acapulco, Mexico officials sue  environmentalist who went public with charges about waste water runoff into Acapulco Bay

The defamation suit, filed in the Fifth Civil Court, accuses environmentalist Ramiro Gomez Pardillo of damages and defamation and seeks to make him pay damages of 68,558 (US$5,910) -- the cost of a newspaper ad the city took out to answer his accusations. Gomez Pardillo, head of the Association for the Environmental Protection of Acapulco's Waters, said the lawsuit is a retaliation for his charges that sewage and waste water from local hotels were being allowed to drain directly into the bay.The city government maintains that water tests carried out in July and August at the beaches in question showed pollution within acceptable limits; Gomez Pardillo countered the complaint predates those tests. AP/San Francisco Chronicle_ 9/10/04v

Six-mile wastewater tunnel under Belfast to transform Northern Ireland's River Lagan

The tunnel will solve the long-standing problem of floating sewage following torrential rain. An antiquated sewer system means that heavy rainfall brings an overflow, and with it all sorts of rubbish, straight and un-treated into the river. The new tunnel will transport excess water and its associated pollution away from the river. BBC News_ 9/7/04

Virginia State Water Control Board endorses $1.1 billion plan to clean wastewater from Chesapeake Bay
The proposal would require plants in the bay watershed treating localities' sewage and factories' wastewater to install modern systems to reduce discharges of nutrients, particularly nitrogen. Most do not have such systems. AP/WTOP_ 9/1/04

August, 2004
Contaminated wells may be cause of mystery illness that hit more than 1,000 visitors to Ohio island getaway in Lake Erie
E. coli, a bacteria found in fecal matter, was found in six wells belonging to a deli, a winery, resort cabins, a cave that is a tourist attraction and two residences on South Bass Island, Jay Carey of the Ohio Department of Public Health said. A team of 30 investigators, including three from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, were trying to determine if septic systems had somehow contaminated the wells or private water systems.  Reuters_ 8/27/04

San Diego County Water Authority poll finds residents overwhelmingly support recycled water for golf courses, but don't ask them to drink it

The survey will be used by water planners to chart the county's water future, said Bill Jacoby, the authority's resources manager. More than 90 percent of respondents agreed with using recycled water for freeway landscaping and golf courses. Eighty-seven percent support bringing it inside buildings to flush toilets. There is 70 percent approval for using it on crops as agricultural irrigation. When it comes to pouring it into recreational lakes, support drops to 49 percent. And forget about drinking it. Even with additional treatment, 63 percent oppose using it for potable, or drinkable, water. San Diego Union-Tribune_ 8/16/04

UK scientists to use DNA to trace sources of sewage in estuaries

University of Exeter researchers say they will first focus on Escherichia coli, or E.coli bacteria, a bacterium that lives in the intestines of humans and animals and are expelled in faeces. Most strains are harmless, but some can cause illness. The researchers hope to distinguish populations of E.coli found in human guts from those living in the cows, pigs and others. A teaming of biologists and geographers will help tie bacterial sources and the sediments in which they are found to an origin within a 10-20km area.  BBC News_ 8/11/04

Traces of Prozac 'found in drinking water' throughout UK

An Environment Agency report suggests so many people are taking the drug nowadays it is building up in rivers and groundwater via treated sewage water. A report in Sunday's Observer says the government's environment watchdog has discussed the impact for human health but there is no monitoring for levels of drug residue in the nation's drinking water. A spokesman for the Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) said the Prozac found was most likely highly diluted and not a health hazard. BBC News_ 8/8/04

Los Angeles to pay $2 billion to settle thousands of sewage spill complaint

The settlement also requires the city to rebuild and repair thousands of miles of sewer lines, increase the system's capacity and plan for future expansion, according to the Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency. The money will come from increased sewer fees. The complaint was made by Santa Monica Baykeeper, an environmental group that monitors water quality in the Santa Monica and San Pedro Bays of Southern California. Los Angeles operates one of the largest sewage collection systems in the country with 6,500 miles of sewer lines. Since 1994, the city has experienced more than 4,500 spills, according to federal officials.  Reuters_ 8/6/04

Waste water glitch repaired
Winnipeg is treating its waste water to the best of its ability after losing a computerized component for nine days.
A lthough the city didn't announce the initial equipment breakdown, officials said there was no attempt to conceal the malfunction.  Winnipeg Sun_7/13/04

Water, fresh from the sewer
City looks to recycle wastewater

Reusing treated water is an emerging trend in Texas - most notably in San Antonio, which uses the water for extensive irrigation. When the water shoots out into the Wichita River it is so pure "you could hold a glass of it next to a glass of tap water and not see the difference," Water Superintendent Daniel Nix said. "We can use this water,"..."And every gallon that we use of that saves a gallon of potable water. Times Record News _7/11/04

San Francisco first California county to require dentists to filter mercury before it hits sewage treatment plants: Other Bay Area counties to follow
The largest controllable source of mercury to Bay Area sewage treatment plants comes from thousands of dentists flushing the toxic metal down the drain when they fill their patients' cavities. The San Francisco county Public Utilities Commission is requiring about 600 dentist offices to get wastewater treatment permits -- just like other businesses that discharge toxic chemicals -- and install $1,000 filtering devices. San Francisco Chronicle_ 6/30/04

$1 billion needed to clean water in Indiana's Maumee River Basin

Local communities in the river basin will need to spend a combined total of $1 billion over the next 15 years to meet federal clean water mandates. Sewage overflow is the main issue for all of the communities. WANE-TV_ 6/28/04

University of Virginia's new storm water management system: it's pretty

The University transforms a field, long known as the Dell, into a masterful system that handles storm-water runoff while offering a parklike mini-arboretum, complete with a pond, stone walls, benches and an array of plantings representing the state's distinct flora. The 20-acre Dell, used for decades by students to play football or softball despite its bogginess, was redone at a cost of $1.2 million to handle runoff from Meadow Creek. Richmond Times-Dispatch 6/27/04

Global sewage torrent harms young says World Health Organization
The amount of raw sewage entering the river Ganges every minute is 1.1 million litres. WHO's Atlas Of Children's Health And The Environment says large quantities of sewage are also flushed into rivers, lakes and oceans worldwide. One gram of faeces can contain 10 million viruses, one million bacteria, 1,000 parasite cysts and 100 worm eggs. WHO reports up to a million lives could be saved annually by hand-washing. BBC News_ 6/23/04

United States grants $13 million to help Mexico clean raw sewage from the border-crossing New River

The river originates in Mexicali, Mexico, and ends at Imperial Valley, California, and has been used for roughly a decade as a dumping ground for raw sewage from Mexicali. About 20 million gallons of raw sewage is poured into the New River each day. AP/San Francisco Chronicle_ 6/24/04

Reclaimed water shortages in Florida's dry season tarnish the promise

Customers signed up for recycled water for outdoor watering. In the dry season, suppliers cut back and there's no solution in sight. Most of the year, facility operators have more reclaimed water than they can get rid of. The seasonal shortage triggered by spring weather has made water providers go divining for other water sources – like stormwater runoff – that can be stored and injected into the reclaimed water supply.   Florida Today_ 6/13/04


May, 2004

Clark County, Nevada plans to widen use of recycled wastewater to help with drought
The county Water Reclamation District is planning a 10-mile pipeline across the region to deliver recycled water to more parks, schools, cemeteries and golf courses. The pipeline could cost $23.7 million and be completed within three years. The fast-growing region with about 1.6 million people is nearly drawing its limit of drinking water from the Lake Mead reservoir at Hoover Dam. AP/San Francisco Chronicle_ 5/26/04

In Olympics of Sludge
There are many types of New York City championships, but how many are held in a sewage treatment plant? The Operators Challenge is held annually to determine the city's highest-performing sewage treatment workers. And the winning team is...the Jamaica Hackleheads!  New York Times_ 5/16/04 (logon required)

Missing employee's body found at Spokane, Washington sewage plant
Officials originally described the accident as an explosion but later said it was a rupture caused by excessive pressure. AP/San Francisco Chronicle_ 5/12/04

Tank explodes at Spokane, Washington sewage plant dumping 200,000 gallons of sludge into Spokane River; one presumed dead, three injured
The four sewage treatment plant workers had gone to check on an unusual pressure buildup in the tank and were either on or near it at the time of the explosion, Fire Chief Bobby Williams said. The cause of the pressure buildup and explosion was under investigation. AP/San Francisco Chronicle_ 5/11/04

St. Martinville, Louisiana officials look to swamp to solve wastewater woes
The city is facing a federal Clean Water Act lawsuit after spending $3.5 million on a sewer plant that has never worked properly. Construction is expected to begin this year on a “wetlands assimilation” system in which sewage will be filtered through a more than 400-acre swamp just outside the city, said Mayor Eric Martin. The system, developed by a Louisiana State University professor and used in a handful of municipalities in the state, is touted as a way to clean sewage while feeding the swamp. Lafayette, Louisiana Advertiser_ 5/10/04

Bill moving through California legislature would bar cruise ships from dumping ``graywater'' in coastal areas
The measure follows legislation enacted last year that barred cruise ships from dumping sewage and oily bilgewater into coastal waters.  AP/San Francisco Chronicle_ 5/6/04

EPA says Oakland, California must quickly halt 'unacceptable' sewer spills: more than 1,000 in less than five years
Pipes in the city's 80-year-old system are clogged by fast food restaurant grease and tree roots. City officials have until November to outline plans to reduce and eliminate spills in the city's 1,020-mile network of sewer pipes and pumping stations. Failure to comply could result in fines of up to $32,500 a day. Oakland plans to spend $60 million over the next five years on capital improvement projects that include repairing and replacing parts of the sewer system. San Francisco Chronicle_ 5/4/04

Antibiotic impact on water bacteria: 'New frontier for research in wastewater treatment'

Kansas State University research on the Kansas River basin tracks trace levels of human antibiotics in wastewater discharged into the river from municipal sewage treatment plants. Engineering professor Alok Bhandari said the substances increase the potential for bacteria to develop resistance to common antibiotics. Municipalities in the basin eventually might be forced to find ways to screen the life-saving drugs from drinking water, the researcher says. Topeka Capital-Journal_ 5/4/04

Manteca, California officials fear limits of technology will drive city water bills past $100 per month to increase wastewater treatment

Conservation already has decreased water use by 10 percent but regional authorities in the Central Valley say more aggressive conservation could help keep bills down. City officials want the state to ease up on requirements for cleaning wastewater. Manteca Bulletin_ 5/4/04

ZENON selected to supply Fulton County, Georgia wastewater project with world's largest membrane bioreactor
New ZENON projects totaling $50 million will treat more than 40 million gallons of wastewater per day in Florida, Arizona, Washington, California and New Mexico, as well as Georgia. Press Release_ 5/3/04

Dispose of Your Waste Water and Save Money Doing It!

Jamaica's state-run Scientific Research Council (SRC) is getting ready to embark on an aggressive promotion of its biodigester septic tank system hoping to cash in on the many spin-off benefits. SRC executive director, Dr Audia Barnett, is enthusiastic about the technology: "You are treating your waste water. You are getting gas, which you can use for cooking. You are getting water you can use for irrigation and you are getting literally no waste."   The Jamaica Observer_  5/2/04

April, 2004

Arkansas floods strain water treatment plants

Huge amounts of sediment have washed into the White River, making Beaver Lake water its muddiest ever. Water treatment plants reported murky water at record levels. Heavy flooding south of Fayetteville caused sewage overflows at lift stations and manholes. Overflows are common problems during heavy rain or flooding. Additional flow from storm water mixes with regular sewage. NWAOnline.com_ 4/27/04

SARS outbreak in Hong Kong traveled on microscopic airborne water droplets starting in the bathroom
A new study by Chinese University, Hong Kong says SARS contaminated a whole block of apartments when bathroom exhaust fans sucked the virus up through flaps in the floor drain. Invisible, aerosol-sized droplets of water carried the virus to other parts of the building (the building had 36 floors). Medical News Today_ 3/21/04

The same goop that clogs your arteries can stop up the sewers: New Port Richey, Florida fights back with a grease inspector and a $1.14 million grease processing plant
A special grease compliance inspector, hired last summer, is visiting businesses to make sure they have grease traps to keep the gunk from simply going down the drain.
And the grease processing plant is being built to handle the truckloads of grease trap sludge - an improvement over the current practice of mixing the grease with treated sewage.St. Petersburg Times_ 4/12/04
Water Environment Federation to study ways to improve U.S. water and wastewater infrastructure
The Water Environment Federation, founded in 1928, is a nonprofit educational organization that works toward the preservation and enhancement of the global water environment. The federation´s network includes water quality professionals from 79 member associations in more than 30 countries. Waste News_ 4/9/04

Denver to recycle wastewater to irrigate parks, schoolyards other publicly-owned spaces

The $75 million system goes online April 15 and will save enough water to supply 35,000 households. Denver will join dozens of cities from South Florida to Southern California, including 12 in Colorado, that are chemically cleaning wastewater to stretch their supply for drinking and washing. Denver Post_ 4/8/04

EPA decides not to issue stormwater effluent guidelines for construction sites
Almost every state and many local governments already have requirements that are at least as stringent as those the EPA had proposed in 2002, according to the agency.  Waste News_ 4/5/04

Arizona becomes 6th state given authority to regulate sewage sludge
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality will have regulatory authority over the land application, surface disposal and landfilling of sewage sludge. State rules prohibit the incineration of sewage sludge. Waste News 4/3/04

Ohio cities working to phase in rules for stormwater runoff
New Ohio Environmental Protection Agency stormwater regulations require that municipalities take steps to ensure stormwater discharges are as unpolluted as possible. The discharges are produced by runoff from paved streets, rooftops, parking lots and construction sites when it rains or snows. Columbus Business First_ 4/2/04

Rockdale County, Georgia commissioners reject bids for a 2-milion-gallon a day water reclamation plant

The commissioners are afraid to add more debt to the water budget. But if they don't do something, officials say the current wastewater treatment plant will reach capacity in 2006. Rockdale Citizen 4/4/04
China's steel price increases worry Arizona wastewater plant builders

As China’s economic expansion drives up the demand and price of steel, officials in three East Valley municipalities are waiting to see how this could affect costs when construction of a $150 million wastewater plant begins later this year. The plant is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2006, and its treated wastewater will be shipped to the Gila River Indian Community to fulfill Mesa’s end of a deal where tribal rights to Central Arizona Project water are given to Mesa in exchange for effluent the tribe can use for irrigation. East Valley Tribune 4/4/04

'Worst thing you've ever smelled': Millions of gallons of raw sewage flows into Texas river, closes park
A faulty gate at a wastewater treatment plant backed up 70 million gallons of raw sewage at the Trinity River Authority's east Grand Prairie plant. The force of the flow launched at least eight manhole covers skyward, geysers of sewage rose as high as four feet, and part of a golf course and a park were closed. AP/San Francisco Chronicle 4/1/04

March, 2004

Reed City, Michigan wastewater plant getting back to normal
Breakdowns started at the end of February and caused 13 violations within the month. Cadillac News 3/29/04

Houseboat owners on California's Lake Shasta warned to find gray water solution
In less than three years it will be illegal to dump gray water — bacteria-laden drainage from kitchen sinks, showers and hot tubs — anywhere in the lake. The ban has already taken effect at marina docks. Redding Record-Searchlight 3/27/04
Florida community opposes wastewater plant to serve the rich

The facility eventually could handle up to 2 million gallons of wastewater a day. Star Banner 3/28/04

Hamilton Township, Indiana residents march in protest over $65 monthly sewer bills
The sewer project for 1,600 homes is close to completion after more than a year of delays. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management stopped the project when early portions were done incorrectly. The waste district fired - and later successfully sued - the original contractor and engineer.
Star Press 3/27/04
New Hampshire state Senate passes Seacoast wastewater bill
The bill creates an administrative body, the Estuary Alliance for Sewage Treatment, responsible for the construction and oversight of a regional wastewater treatment system involving any towns that wish to participate in a system to pipe treated water into the Atlantic Ocean. Hampton Union 3/26/04

Judge dismisses Gwinnett County, Georgia's lawsuit over wastewater
The county sued the Metro North Georgia Water Planning District last October after its board of directors adopted a water plan that could make Gwinnett pipe its future wastewater to Lake Lanier. Gwinnett argued it was less expensive to pipe it to the Chattahoochee River. Gwinnett Daily Post 3/26/04

Massachusetts awards $458 million in low interest sewer and water loans
The money comes from the state's Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and will benefit 85 environmental and planning projects in 62 communities. Daily News Transcript 3/26/04

Washington state strikes deal on dumping restrictions with cruise lines
But the agreement has critics complaining that the ships face negligible penalties if they violate the deal. The voluntary agreement with the North West CruiseShip Association -- an umbrella group that represents the three major lines that call in Seattle -- bars all wastewater discharges in state waters except from vessels equipped with advanced treatment systems certified by the U.S. Coast Guard. AP/San Francisco Chronicle 3/22/04

Wastewater, wastewater everywhere...
An innovative system for reusing waste water is helping high-growth Franklin and Murfreesboro, Tennessee, add to the public coffers, cut users' water bills, conserve potable water and reduce the impact of waste on sensitive streams. Nashville Business Journal 3/19/04

Texas water district studying treatment plant to serve Austin, Alamo City
At the same time that San Antonio Water System (SAWS) is beginning the search for a new president and CEO to replace Eugene Habiger, the agency is seeking more details on a plan that would have San Antonio and Austin share a massive water-treatment facility. San Antonio Business Journal 3/19/04

Company starts wastewater project in Tampa
Enviro Voraxial Technology Inc. in Fort Lauderdale announced the successful installation and start of operations of its Voraxial grit separator at one of seven wastewater treatment facilities operated by the Hillsborough County Water Department. Tampa Bay Business Journal 3/18/04

Sierra Club opposes another wastewater plant on Washington's Spokane River
For much of its course, Sierra Club says chemicals flow into the river from five wastewater treatment plants, killing aquatic life. The local chapter is trying to block a proposed sixth sewage treatment plant. AP/Long View Daily News 3/15/04
Missouri auditor faults wastewater aid program
A program that helps communities improve wastewater treatment systems has done too little to find recipients for its pool of $260 million, a state audit said Tuesday. AP/Kansas City Star 3/9/04

Texas cities study regional wastewater solution
Saying it could be a boon for economic development, Austin and San Antonio are among several groups looking at building a massive water treatment plant to serve both cities and the areas between. Austin Business Journal 3/8/04

Hawaii park closed as sewage spill hits 2 million gallons
City officials estimate that 2 million gallons of raw sewage spilled from a ruptured 66-inch pressurized main that feeds into the Sand Island Wastewater Treatment Plant Thursday, making it one of the largest sewage spills in recent years. Honolulu Advertiser 3/6/04

Pasadena, Texas uses new wastewater treatment mode
Years after being slapped with lawsuits and fines over its dilapidated sewer plants, the city of Pasadena is operating a new $16 million high-tech wastewater treatment system capable of handling more than two of the city's current sewer plants combined. Houston Chronicle 3/5/04
California community's planned wastewater plant can treat 2.2 billion gallons
Santa Rosa's City Council and Board of Public Utilities have signed off on a wastewater disposal plant that could cost as much as $196 million. Press Democrat 3/5/04

Wastewater plan angers Michigan residents
A leading auto glass company's proposal to pipe treated wastewater through a sensitive stretch of Lake Michigan sand dunes has upset residents and state environmental regulators. AP/Detroit Free Press 3/1/04

February, 2004

Rain overwhelms San Francisco storm drains

As a founder of Delancey Street, San Francisco's well-known restaurant and residential drug treatment program, Mimi Silbert likes to try to clean up her own problems. But there are limits. And they were reached when she found her restaurant flooded with raw sewage and rainwater. San Francisco Chronicle 2/26/04

Collapse of a 90-foot wall causes spill of more than one million gallons of raw sewage in Shreveport, Louisiana. Shreveport Times 2/23/04

Operations Management International Inc. parts company with Santa Paula, California. Wastewater treatment won't be interrupted, city says. OMI has been part of an EPA investigation. Santa Paula Times 2/11/04

Alabama attorney general seeks to strip town of its power to run sewage plant after massive spill. More than 35 million gallons spilled undetected for at least five months. AP/Herald Tribune 2/11/04

Entire Wastewater Management Commission in a Rhode Island town quits. Volunteers complain about city council second guessing. Providence, R.I., Journal 2/9/04

January, 2004

Cape Cod had a tradition of free sewage treatment. Now officials gear up for a wastewater agency crusade. Cape Cod Times 1/31/04

Proposed Washington state legislation would crack down on cruise ships dumping wastewater in Puget Sound. AP/San Francisco Chronicle 1/27/04

Too many toilets. Too few pipes. Maryland county to hire 'sewer czar' to solve wastewater dilemma. Daily Times 1/26/04

Ionics, Inc. awarded multiple wastewater projects for Taiwan's largest semiconductor manufacturer. Press Release 1/26/04

Flagstaff, Arizona city council votes to sell reclaimed wastewater to ski resort for snow making. Plan still needs approval of U.S. Forest Service. Indigenous people view plan as desecration of the San Francisco Peaks. Arizona Daily Sun 1/22/04

European Investment Bank provides Euro 70 million loan to modernize and expand wastewater treatment plant near Cairo, Egypt. The EIB is the European Union's long-term financing institution. Press Release 1/19/04

Plan to dump wastewater into Georgia's Lake Lanier gets further study. Gwinett Daily Post 1/19/04

North Carolina real estate developers are creating rural subdivisions thanks to mini wastewater plants. Regulators say the systems recycle water and keep wastes out of rivers and streams. Others are skeptical. AP/Star News 1/18/04
Judge orders Stockton, California to halt work on $57 million wastewater-system upgrade saying it could harm environment. City and OMI-Thames to appeal. Decision also requires city to take back control of water system.  Stockton Record 1/18/04

Feature: Pennsylvania's aging private septic systems spur need for community wastewater systems. But rural areas argue the cost it just too much. Towanda Daily and Sunday Review 1/12/04

Georgia chides city of Macon for not enforcing storm water runoff regulations. City says it doesn't have the money. Macon Telegraph 1/12/04

Embattled Atlanta's revised sewer repair plan will cost most customers more than the proposal rejected earlier by the city council, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis. Atlanta Journal-Constitution 1/11/04

Water and sewer rates in Stowe, Vermont likely will increase because the city isn't bringing in enough money to pay off $29 million in improvement bonds. City under estimated how much customers would use. Stowe Reporter 1/8/04
Key West, Florida asks cruise ships to pump wastewater into sewage system. Goal is to protect nation's only tropical marine preserve. Some ships say their treated sewage is clean enough to drink. AP/Miami Herald 1/8/04

Black & Veatch announces world's largest potable water treatment facility that incorporates membrane filtration. Singapore project handles 72 million gallons per day. Press Release 1/7/04

Atlanta city council approves rate increases for $1 billion in repairs to its deteriorating sewer system. City was threatened with federal sanctions and a building moratorium for not fixing sewers. Atlanta Journal-Constitution 1/7/04

New Hampshire studies deep sea sewage solution. The $1 million study will determine if sewage from up to 44 seacoast communities should be channeled into a pipeline and pumped out to sea. AP/Portsmouth Herald 1/6/04

Environmental groups urge San Diego to study turning sewage water into drinking water. One serious issue is health impacts of drugs in water supply. San Diego Union Tribune 1/4/04
Seven years after a Florida county bought 175 acres to build a wetland to filter wastewater, bulldozers and backhoes finally are shoveling and plowing the idea into reality.  Sun-Sentinel 1/4/04

E.P.A. to study use of waste from sewage as fertilizer. Public health and safety questions at issue in chemicals and other residue.  New York Times 1/3/04

New Jersey readies new storm water pollution and other contamination rules. Trenton Times 1/2/04
Ohio devising inland runoff protection for Lake Erie. Toledo Blade 1/2/04



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