In this week’s news briefs, a New Mexico city will replace an outdated lift station following an agreement with the Border Environmental Cooperation Commission, and a Georgia county settles a stormwater lawsuit for $150,000.

The city of Anthony, New Mexico, will receive a $2.8 million grant to construct a new lift station, the Las Cruces Sun-News reports. The project will replace an old lift station that has experienced pump failures, which has led to recent wastewater overflows. It will also fund the construction of new sewer lines.

Anthony is located along the Rio Grande, about 55 miles north of Ciudad Juarez and the Mexico border. The grant follows an agreement between the Border Environmental Cooperation Commission — an organization whose mission is to improve environmental conditions along the U.S.-Mexico border — and the Anthony Water and Sanitation District.

“These improvements will help eliminate exposure to untreated or inadequately treated wastewater as well as contribute to the reduction of water pollution and the risks of waterborne diseases,” the commission said in a statement.

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Anthony Water and Sanitation District Superintendent Jose Terrones says the new lift station will be almost twice as big as the old lift station with a capacity to pump 0.9 mgd or about 90 percent of all wastewater that the city treats.

Funding will come from the Border Environment Infrastructure Fund, which is subsidized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Source: Las Cruces Sun-News

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County Settles Stormwater Issue for $150,000
Newton County (Georgia) settled a lawsuit with five property owners for $150,000. The plaintiffs alleged the county failed to maintain its stormwater infrastructure and was negligent over damages caused by stormwater, including erosion to pastureland along Gum Creek.

The Newton County Board of Commissioners agreed to the settlement after a hearing last month. The settlement does not cover any claims that may arise in the future due to the county’s failure to maintain the stormwater infrastructure or future development, reports The Covington News.

In addition to payment, the settlement calls on the county to make repairs to stormwater infrastructure in the Hall Park subdivision. That work includes $10,000 to stabilize erosion around the headwall of a 36-inch pipe along the boundary line of the Cason/Dylong farm.

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Source: The Covington News

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