The report includes a set of recommended priority action steps to catalyze the transformation of urban water infrastructure throughout New Jersey
The state of New Jersey and its oldest and largest cities have an opportunity to transform urban communities while addressing combined sewer overflows and other water infrastructure challenges, according to a Charting New Waters (CNW) report released today by The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread.
Hatch Mott MacDonald will provide program management services for at least three years
The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) chose North American engineering firm Hatch Mott MacDonald (HMM) for a three-year contract to provide program management services for its multi-year water and capital improvement program. The contract, which covers projects with an annual value between $50 million and $75 million, may be extended for an additional two years.
These services are provided as a follow-up to the recently completed Sanitary Sewer Evaluation Study
Construction inspection services are currently being performed by RJN Group Inc. for the City of Hot Springs, Ark., as follow-up to a Sanitary Sewer Evaluation Study (SSES) that was also performed by RJN. The SSES was completed across the city along with the design action items for each manhole.
RJN developed a plan to assist the city in lowering the amount of inflow/infiltration (I/I) entering the system during wet-weather events. A large part of the plan is rehabbing the manholes across the entire service area of Hot Springs.
RJN will assist with project management & a sewer prioritization program, among other tasks
To assist with the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District’s (MSD) Capital Improvement and Replacement Program and their consent decree, RJN Group Inc. (RJN) has joined a “hybrid” team of MSD staff and vendors to provide comprehensive sewer system planning.
The team will perform services that augment, assist and facilitate various tasks and activities necessary to implement planning of the combined sewer and sanitary sewer overflow program. RJN’s role on this planning team is to perform a critical infrastructure assessment.
A complaint against the city alleges that since 2005 the city has had untreated sewage overflows from its sanitary sewer system in violation of the Clean Water Act
The city of Shreveport, La., has agreed to make significant upgrades to reduce overflows from its sanitary sewer system and pay a $650,000 civil penalty to resolve Clean Water Act (CWA) violations stemming from illegal discharges of raw sewage, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced. The state of Louisiana, a co-plaintiff in this case, will receive half of the civil penalty.
Improper disposal of non-flushables leads to expensive clogging issues for utilities
INDA, the Assn. of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, the National Assn. of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), and the American Public Works Assn. (APWA) have agreed to work together to reduce the burden of non-flushable disposable products in the wastewater system. These products have been linked to expensive clogging issues for utilities and can potentially lead to costly sewer back-ups in communities and households across the country.
New facility will reduce sanitary sewer backups for more than 2,000 homes
The City of Elmhurst recently approved a contract with RJN Group Inc. for the final design of the Southwest Elmhurst Wet Weather Control Facility. RJN will provide the final design for the project, which includes the following five main elements:
Eleven billion gal of sewage released into East Coast bodies of water
A new article by USA Today reports that Superstorm Sandy released 11 billion gal of sewage into the bodies of water along the East Coast. Due to flooding of East Coast treatment facilities, sewage spilled into nearby waters from Connecticut to Washington, D.C. The article reports that one-third of the sewage was untreated and 94% was due to coastal flooding damage. According to the article, “It estimated the cost of repair to damaged plants at nearly $2 billion for New York and $2.7 billion for New Jersey.”
Settlement establishes control plan to protect Lackawanna River
The United States and the commonwealth of Pennsylvania announced a settlement with the Scranton Sewer Authority (SSA) resolving alleged Clean Water Act violations involving sewer overflows to the Lackawanna River and its tributaries.
In a proposed consent decree, the Scranton Sewer Authority has agreed to implement a 25-year plan to control and significantly reduce overflows of its sewer system, thereby helping improve water quality of the Lackawanna River and local streams. The plan is estimated to cost $140 million to implement.
RJN will locate defects in the sewer system & eliminate overflows over a three-year period
RJN Group Inc. has begun work on a Sewer System Evaluation Survey (SSES) project for the city of North Little Rock, Ark. The SSES is part of the city’s strategy to meet the requirements of a Consent Administrative Order that was entered into with the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality.