Dec. 05--The Hanover library has another carpet to replace after a water leak in the basement temporarily shut down the bottom floor of the building.The former children's library on the top floor of Guthrie Memorial was already out of operation until its carpet can be replaced. At 9:38 a.m., the Hanover Fire Department responded to a call from the library reporting water damage and smoke coming from electrical outlets in the basement of Guthrie Memorial on Wednesday, Fire Chief Jan Cromer said.
Source : Evening Sun, The (Hanover, PA)
Dec. 05--COLUMBUS -- Ron Schilling has his sights set on several major projects as he begins his second year as president of Columbus City Council.Schilling, who was unanimously re-elected to the council's top position during this week's meeting, said his focus over the next 12 months will be on projects nearing the construction phase and controlling costs as the planned work begins to pile up."We're going into a period of time where we've got a lot of infrastructure things going on," said Schilling, who has represented Ward 3 since December 2004.
Source : Columbus Telegram (NE)
Dec. 04--Brown County commissioners said they want the same answers Duane Riedel does, but did not take action on a petition he turned in concerning $550,000 in what appears to be misappropriated state money.The people who signed his informal petition want the county to pass a resolution calling for answers from Attorney General Marty Jackley or U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson about the missing money that was designated for Northern Beef Packers. The $550,000 came from a Future Fund grant that then-Gov.
Source : Aberdeen American News (SD)
Dec. 05--The San Marcos City Council has given preliminary approval to raising impact fees, pitting developers against residents over who should pay for expanding infrastructure in one of the fastest growing areas of the country.In a split 4-3 vote Tuesday evening, the council supported raising the maximum impact fee from $4,651 to $5,791, an increase of $1,140. The city has been relying on the issuance of debt to pay for most infrastructure improvements and that gets expensive, with every dollar borrowed costing about $2 to repay, said Tony Bagwell of HDR Engineering, a consultant hired by the city.
Source : Austin American-Statesman (TX)
Dec. 05--Austin officials initially fought a developer's plan for 1,000 homes and a sewage plant atop an environmentally sensitive tract in Hays County. With $18 million in bond money, the city of Austin plans to buy 607 acres on RM 967 in northern Hays County and protect the land from development. The land sits over the Barton Springs recharge zone, a part of the Edwards Aquifer that feeds into Barton Springs.
Source : Austin American-Statesman (TX)
Dec. 05--Indian Riverkeeper Marty Baum is like one of the mangroves he works so hard to protect: His roots run deep in the Indian River Lagoon.Baum's family has been living along its shores -- trading and fishing on its waters -- since his great, great grandfather, Hannibal Dillingham Pierce, arrived near what is now Titusville.The Indian Riverkeeper program was founded in 2002 as part of the Waterkeeper Alliance, a national organization of water quality advocates.
Source : 1TF
Dec. 05--Homeowners living outside Vallejo filed a $12 million claim against the city Wednesday, asserting that they should not have to shoulder the full cost of major repairs to an antiquated water system Vallejo operates.The Green Valley Landowners' Association, a portion of the approximately 800 customers served by the 120-year-old Lakes Water System district, is leading the charge.The Vallejo city attorney's office did not return a call for comment Wednesday.
Source : Times-Herald (Vallejo, CA)
Dec. 05--Larry Miller has a solution he says will solve the state's water shortage problems.The Shingletown man was one of dozens of North State residents who spoke today at an informational hearing of the state Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee meeting held in Redding.Members of the committee, invited speakers and members of the public talked about water issues facing California and possible solutions, including building more dams, conserving water, forest management and groundwater overpumping.
Source : 1RR
Dec. 05--A team of experts sent by the International Atomic Energy Agency suggested Wednesday that Tokyo Electric Power Co. should consider discharging toxic water from the Fukushima No. 1 plant into the ocean after lowering the level of radioactive materials to less than the legal limit.The proposal by the international nuclear watchdog was part of its call on Tepco to improve its management of the increasing amount of radioactive water at the crippled facility and ensure a safe decommissioning process.
Source : Japan Times
Dec. 05--POINT PLEASANT -- Water and sewer rates will rise roughly 6 percent for residents starting Jan. 1, as borough officials hope to close an $800,000 deficit.Point Pleasant officials have spent the last three years mailing ratepayers "out of the blue" surcharges -- costing $34 per quarter -- to cover a financial hole in a department that should be self-sufficient, Borough Councilman John Wisniewski said.Changing the rates might mean higher bills, but it also will give the borough a chance to close a deficit that has been growing since 2010, and stop the practice of sticking residents with unexpected charges, Wisniewski said.
Source : Asbury Park Press (NJ)
Dec. 05--TAMPA -- Residents of the East Lake community who say they suffer from dirty tap water and high costs for the most fundamental of services from a private utility may someday get relief.Commissioners warned the crowded chambers that any deal will not be done by Christmas and could take years.Their vote technically was to not approve a franchise utility agreement extension with Pluris, which has said it has been working to address concerns about dirty or alternately overly treated tap water flowing from spigots.
Source : Tampa Bay Times (FL)
Dec. 05--Erie City Council members want Mayor Joe Sinnott's administration to be more aggressive when it comes to issues that affect the city's sewer and garbage revenues.But even if that happens, it's unlikely that Sinnott's proposed sewer and garbage fee hikes for the city's 2014 budget -- which mean $3.1 million in new money for the spending plan -- can be avoided.Sinnott's proposal to increase sewer and garbage fees for city residents for the first time in four years dominated the discussion at a Wednesday morning budget session at Erie City Hall.
Source : Erie Times-News (PA)
Dec. 05--Now that Savannah residents have approved $120 million for a new arena, city officials have to figure out what to do with the existing facility.The issue became a point of concern during last week's city council budget retreat when staffers presented a five-year spending plan that includes $2.7 million for improvements to the Savannah Civic Center.Overall, the Civic Center makes up a small percentage of the $182 million in planned capital improvement spending through 2018, which includes $26 million for next year.
Source : Savannah Morning News (GA)
83% of participants in the Glendale Water & Power program changed behavior due to engagement platformGLENDALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- CEIVA Energy, a utility-controlled home energy management system (HEMS) provider, and Glendale Water & Power (GWP) today released results from a survey which assessed customer opinions and behavior change while using CEIVA Energy's Homeview customer engagement platform. The survey, completed by Michelle Crawford Consulting, found that deploying Homeview drove a ninefold improvement in respondents' understanding of their energy consumption, while inspiring 83 percent of respondents to change their behavior to reduce energy and water use.
Source : Business Wire
CHICAGO & NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Veolia Energy North America, a leading provider of sustainable energy services, and I Squared Capital, a global infrastructure investment firm, entered into an agreement with NRG North America LLC, an affiliate of NRG Energy, Inc. to purchase its 256-megawatt Kendall Station, located in Cambridge, Mass.The Kendall Cogeneration Station uses natural gas as a primary fuel source to produce electrical and steam energy. A planned reconfiguration of the facility, including completion of Veolia's additional 7,000-foot steam pipeline extension, will deliver energy to Veolia's customers in Boston and Cambridge while further reducing greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 475,000 tons per year, or the equivalent of removing 80,000 cars from the roads.
Source : Business Wire
Generous Donations to Fund 100 Wells in Ethiopia IRVINE, Calif., Dec. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Smile Generation today announced that its trusted clinicians and their community of generous patients, along with team members, and strategic vendor partners have raised more than $1 million for charity: water, and are funding 100 wells in Ethiopia. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110628/LA26910LOGO)In May 2013, The Smile Generation kicked off the "100 Wells for Ethiopia" campaign with the intent of raising $1 million to fund 100 wells for the people in the Tigray region of Ethiopia.
Source : PRNewswire
Dec. 05--AMMAN -- The iftaa department on Wednesday issued a fatwa (religious edict) prohibiting the theft of water or violations on water resources and networks, according to the Ministry of Water and Irrigation.Violations on water resources or random drilling of wells threaten the future of drinking water, which is a shared right amongst people, the fatwa said.The fatwa, a copy of which was made available to The Jordan Times, reinforces the ministry's ongoing campaign to end water theft, curb violations on the water networks and seal illegal wells.
Source : Jordan Times, The
Dec. 05--EASTHAM -- Town officials are diving into the water debate again with two proposals that would provide municipal water to homes around the landfill.Eastham continues to grapple with a municipal water system for residents after another bruising spring town meeting, when all the proposals either failed outright or couldn't get the necessary two-thirds majority.In all, testing and monitoring of wells has so far cost the town $450,000, Town Administrator Sheila Vanderhoef said.
Source : Cape Cod Times (Hyannis, MA)
Dec. 05--It's a really tall cylindrical tower, painted white, an iconic architectural feature that rises from a large fountain at the heart of the University at Albany's uptown campus.But what you likely did not know is that the UAlbany carillon tower is a giant water tank that holds 320,000 gallons. What you definitely did not know, until the news was released Wednesday, was that the UAlbany water tank was a runner-up in the 2013 Tank of the Year competition.
Source : Times_Union_Alba
Dec. 05--A water-quality standard has been violated at the treatment plant that provides Stockton with some of its drinking water, officials said this week, adding that there is no immediate public health risk.It is the first time in perhaps 10 or 15 years that a violation of this nature has occurred at the Stockton East Water District plant on East Main Street, Assistant General Manager Michael Johnson said.Total organic carbon, or TOC, occurs naturally as organic material decays in water.
Source : Record (Stockton, CA)
Dec. 05--DENVER -- Call it a wet-headed stepchild.Colorado has puzzled for years about how to account for its underground water resources, with about the same impact as water sloshing in the bottom of a precariously carried bucket.A state water plan will attempt to incorporate groundwater management, including possible aquifer storage, even though the relationship between surface water and well water is not fully understood.
Source : Pueblo Chieftain (CO)
Dec. 05--Improving higher education is one of the biggest challenges facing Northern Colorado, participants in the 2013 Regional Issues Summit said Wednesday.Elected officials, area chamber of commerce members and other community leaders gathered at Wednesday's annual Regional Issues Summit in Loveland to discuss major challenges ahead for Northern Colorado that might be addressed by the Legislature.The Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance holds the issues summit to mull over some of the biggest challenges the area faces and to discuss possible solutions in anticipation of the upcoming legislative session.
Source : Greeley Tribune (CO)
Dec. 05--The following spills were reported to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in the past two weeks.Any spill or release that may impact waters of the state must be reported as soon as practical.Nov. 12, Kerr-McGee Oil and Gas Onshore reported a spill that historically impacted soil beneath the water sump at a tank battery near Evans.
Source : Greeley Tribune (CO)
Dec. 04--CUMBERLAND -- City officials asked the District 1 legislative delegation Wednesday to make the funding of a $30 million repair to the city's outdated storm and sewer system a top priority for 2014.At the close of the year, many organizations and municipalities decide which projects they want to submit for funding to the upcoming Maryland General Assembly."Each year about this time we try to make our legislative priorities that translate into worthy consideration for the Western Maryland delegation to introduce during the next session," said Jeff Rhodes, city administrator.
Source : Cumberland Times-News (MD)
Dec. 04--Tammy Noble knows what it's like to wait for a cure.The Jason's Deli employee has been waiting for a kidney transplant for three years. That's why she's proud of Jason's Deli's new campaign to raise funds for cancer research through the sale of water bottles.
Source : Midland_Tele