Water News, April 19, 2013

Top Stories
Washington, DC: “Every $1 billion dollar invested in water/wastewater infrastructure could create $27,000 jobs,” NUCA president Florentino Gregorio (Anchor Construction, Washington, DC), said in his April 16 testimony before the Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies House Committee on Appropriations. Citing the Clean Water Council study Sudden Impact: An Assessment of Short and Long Term Economic Impacts of Water and Wastewater Construction Projects, Gregorio said the ripple effect on economic demand amounts to approximately $950 billion per $1 billion investment.
Washington, DC: DC Water has announced a massive tunneling project to build large underground storage facilities to hold rain run-off and sewage until a storm subsides and the sewage mixture can be pumped to a treatment plant. It will eventually stretch longer than a football field and, when finished, will have burrowed through four miles of clay beneath the Potomac and Anacostia rivers, leaving behind a tunnel so big it could hold two tractor-trailers stacked on top of each other. DC Water officials heralded the projects as part of a plan to significantly reduce the amount of raw sewage that flows into local rivers and basements during rainstorms.
Failing Infrastructure
Wilkes-Barre, Pa.: A water main break  near the Wilkes-Barre and Plains Township border left local businesses without water and disrupted traffic on River Street. Pennsylvania American Water Co. spokeswoman said the company received reports of low pressure around 4 a.m. Crews were repairing the leak in the afternoon, and water officials said they hoped affected businesses would have temporary water service by the evening. She said she didn’t know the cause of the break or how long it would take to permanently repair the main.

About Clean Water Council

The Clean Water Council (CWC) is a group of national organizations representing underground construction contractors design professionals, manufacturers and suppliers, labor unions and other committed to ensuring a high quality of life through sound environmental infrastructure. Working in concert, CWC's 39 national organizations, advocate federal legislation and policies that will promote clean water and improve the nation's failing infrastructure.​
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