Water News as of July 26

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New York: New Yorkers and tourists tempted to cool off during the current heatwave by plunging into the Hudson River have been warned: it’s never been more dangerous. Researchers at Columbia University reported Thursday that antibiotic-resistant bacteria was widespread in the river that flows down the western side of the city, and said that raw sewage was the most likely cause.

Maryland: For tens of thousands of residents in Maryland’s Prince George’s County, water infrastructure was front and center this week as local water officials narrowly averted what was described as a catastrophe: a days-long water shutdown during the year’s hottest week.

Aging Infrastructure

South Carolina: Water main breaks in Charleston, causing geyser to shoot into the Kanawha River! 13 News This Morning first spotted the geyser around 6:45 a.m., but we’re told the water may have been gushing for some time before this. The water is shooting high into the air, and into the Kanawha River from MacCorkle Avenue.

Illinois: A water main break at 26th Street and  4th Avenue in Moline, Ill., on Wednesday night, July 17, 2013, caused problems for motorists and city crews alike. The 16 inch water main break caused 4th Avenue to be closed for a time while crews worked to fix the situation.

Ohio: Five businesses closed early Wednesday because of concerns about contamination risks following a water main break in Sugarcreek Twp. that has affected the Sugarcreek Plaza. The Greene County Combined Health District was notified late Wednesday of a boil advisory because of a water main break.

Maryland: Baltimore Department of Public Works crews were working to fix a water main break near the Canton waterfront Monday night that left customers in four zip codes without water. It was not clear as of about 11 p.m. how many customers were affected, though public works spokesman Kurt Kocher said it was thousands. Water issues were first reported about 8:30 p.m., Kocher said. There was no estimate yet for when the water service would be restored.


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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