Water News as of July 19

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Maryland: A water main break in the Prince George’s County will force authorities to shut-off water supplies for as many as four days to county residents who live along the southern edge of the Maryland-D.C. border. Unfortunately for county residents, the water shut off coincides with temperatures in the 90s and heat index ratings above 100 degrees.

Pennsylvania: Governor Tom Corbett today announced the investment of $84 million in 11 drinking water and wastewater projects in 9 counties through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST).

Maryland: A short year ago, the stormwater fee requirement was enacted by the General Assembly and signed into law with an effective date of July 1, 2013. The state regulators anticipated that the timeline would give the local jurisdictions the opportunity to develop fee schedules to meet their individualized needs.

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Ohio: A subdivision in the Fort Thomas/Southgate area is without access Thursday to U.S. 27 because of a sinkhole and water main break. The break caused a 12 by 40 foot section of the road to collapse. “It’s a mess,” Fort Thomas Police Lt. Rich Whitford said. “The whole road is caved in.”

Virginia: A water main break in Norfolk is slowly crumbling the roadway Friday morning. Video taken by WAVY News’ photographer Larry Carney shows the broken roadway and a large amount of water bubbling up out of the break, flooding the street.

Oklahoma: Residents were asked to conserve water Thursday because of a water main break, less than a month after another break resulted in a boil advisory and restaurant closures. City pools and splash pads were closed Thursday after the break in a 24-inch water main that flooded the intersection of Ninth Street (Lynn Lane Road) and Kenosha Street (71st Street) about 4:45 a.m., city officials said.

Texas: Firefighters and water crews responded a major water main break in South Fort Worth on Saturday afternoon. Water flooded parking lots and the interstate access road at East Felix Street at Interstate 35W around 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Pennsylvania: Two water main breaks in different parts of Philadelphia kept utility crews busy Tuesday. In Northeast Philadelphia, a busted 8-inch main at Fordham Road sent water spewing out of the sidewalk, down Academy Road and into a half dozen homes.


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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