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Water reclamation facility in Ga. replaces old, inefficient treatment plants - Thursday, April 19, 2012
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — The new Yellow River Water Reclamation Facility in Gwinnett, Ga. will help replace six old treatment plants that had become less efficient, according to The Weekly. Commissioners recently found out that these improvements would only cost $245 million, which is $5 million less than planned, stated the article. “The state’s Environmental Protection Division allowed us to consolidate these old plants into one and to reduce the overall pollutant load going to the Yellow River Watershed,” said Tyler Richards, deputy director for Operations of Water Resources.
Seven drinking water systems in Ky. to receive financial assistance - Tuesday, February 28, 2012
FRANKFORT, Ky. — Financial assistance will be given to at least seven drinking water systems in Kentucky to improve their technical, managerial and financial capabilities, according to WFIE News. The aid will be given to small systems that serve less than 10,000 customers to improve drinking water standards in a cost effective way, stated the article. “Many small water treatment facilities are at a disadvantage because of their budget and personnel limitations, yet they face the same challenges as larger plants that have more money and specialized staff,” said Julie Smoak, supervisor of the DOW Drinking Water Capacity Development Section. “The goal of this funding program is to allow the smaller plants to complete critical, but non-regulatory projects they might not be able to pursue otherwise.”
Project underway to protect drinking water for Las Vegas - Thursday, February 16, 2012
SAN FRANCISCO — Republic Services of Southern Nevada has begun large-scale construction work under oversight by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at Sunrise Landfill, a 440-acre closed municipal solid waste landfill, located three miles outside of Las Vegas city limits in Clark County, according to a press release. The $25 million construction project, expected to last through 2012, was awarded to Las Vegas Paving Company and will employ 40 local construction workers, noted the release. The project stems from a 2008 Consent Decree requiring Republic, the landfill operator, to install extensive stormwater controls, an armored cover and landfill gas monitoring system; complete and monitor a groundwater monitoring system; and develop a long-term operation and maintenance strategy. “EPA is requiring this work to protect a vital drinking water source for communities from Las Vegas to Phoenix,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “This will prevent the release of over 17 million pounds of contaminants each year.”