News Briefs: Alliance for the Great Lakes Praises Milwaukee's Plan to Eliminate CSOs

Also in this week's water and wastewater news, residents in central Texas boil and conserve water after large main break

Joel Brammeier, president of the Alliance for the Great Lakes, recently talked to Wisconsin Public Radio about his concerns about how sewer systems will fare with the state’s increasing rain levels.

In the article, he praised the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District for its goal to eliminate combined sewer overflows by 2035 by using more green infrastructure.

“In a lot of Midwest cities, you can’t use concrete and holes in the ground that are big enough to solve this problem,” he told Wisconsin Public Radio. “You’ve got to find a way to capture some of this water where it comes down on the ground, and that’s where green infrastructure comes in.”

New Round of Funding to Advance Canal, Dam and Pipeline Repairs in 11 States

The Department of the Interior recently announced an investment of $240.4 million for infrastructure repairs in fiscal year 2022 from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The program, facilitated through the Bureau of Reclamation, includes significant repairs on canal linings, dam spillways and water pipeline replacements.

“As western communities face growing challenges accessing water in the wake of record drought, these investments in our aging water infrastructure will safeguard community water supplies and revitalize water delivery systems,” says Secretary Deb Haaland.

The projects selected for funding are found in all the major river basins and regions where Reclamation operates. Among the 46 projects selected for funding are large projects to conduct canal repairs in Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada and Wyoming; dam spillway repairs in Kansas; pipeline repairs in Utah; and investments in a pumping plant in Montana. Projects in Colorado, Oregon and Washington are also being funded. The 46 projects to be funded can be viewed on Reclamation’s website.

Central Texans Conserve Water After 48-Inch Main Break

Residents in central Texas had to conserve water after a recent break in a water main. The issue also triggered a citywide boil-water notice in Killeen.

Water plant operators first noticed a major loss of water pressure, and after investigation, found that a 48-inch water main was leaking. The pipeline is the primary transmission main for Killeen, Fort Hood, Copperas Cove and other Bell County Water Control & Improvement District #1 customers.


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