Water News as of July 11

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California: A spill at the Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District wastewater treatment plant sent 600,000 gallons of untreated raw sewage onto the ground after a pipe burst. The spill spread to around 86,000 square feet near the area of the solar panels on land leased to a sod farm, an official said. He said there was somewhere between 6 and 8 inches of sewage on the ground and most was cleaned up by Monday. Any of the sewage that leaked into the ground would be absorbed, he said.

Aging Infrastructure

Kentucky: Three days after the storm, people who work and live on Euclid Avenue in Covington were still cleaning up raw sewage Friday. Residents say raw sewage erupts frequently on Euclid Avenue during heavy rains.

New York: A water main break caused a huge oil spill on 23rd St. in Greenwood Heights, turning the quiet block into a smelly danger zone. “It happened because of old infrastructure in the city,” said FDNY Chief Kevin Woods.

Minnesota: Crews are cleaning up after a water main burst near Target Center in downtown Minneapolis, opening up a sinkhole and leaving the arena without water for several hours. City officials estimate that 90,000 gallons of water gushed out, and opened up a car-sized sinkhole in the street.

Kansas: The main broke at mid-morning, buckling pavement across all four lanes of Broadway. The six-inch main that broke is probably 50 to 60 years old, said Ben Nelson, strategy manager for the city’s public works and utilities.

New Jersey: An 8-inch water main break occurred at about 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon in the area of 459 Somerset St. near the New Brunswick border, according to Sgt. Philip Rizzo of the Franklin Township Police Department.

Missouri: Blue Springs Public Works crews spent most of Thursday working on a water main break at Missouri 7 and Vesper Street. The 16-inch main broke Thursday morning, and city spokeswoman Kim Nakahodo said repairs were completed shortly before 10 p.m.

North Carolina: Charlotte-Mecklenburg utilities crews say they have fixed a major water main break in Charlotte and are working on repairing and reopening the road. According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utility Department, a 16-inch water main broke on Remount Road, just west of the South Boulevard intersection, on Thursday.

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