News Briefs: Water Main Break in Tampa Turns Street Into River

Also in this week's sewer and water news, a large cleanup effort takes place after a 12-inch water main breaks and creates a sinkhole in a South Philadelphia neighborhood

Roads in Tampa, Florida, were flooded and a boil water advisory was in effect after a third-party contractor broke a water transmission main, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Crews were able to repair the line after a few hours, according to city officials, but the boil water advisory was still in effect the next day.

Images on the Tampa Bay Times article show a portion of 30th Street turned into a river following the main break.

Philadelphia Water Main Break Causes Sinkhole

Hundreds of residents lost water service overnight and a large cleanup effort had to take place after a 12-inch water main broke and created a sinkhole in a South Philadelphia neighborhood.

The road buckled underneath the main break, according to 3 CBS Philly.

Water service has since been restored, but at one point, around 200 customers were without water service according to the water department’s spokesperson.

EPA Announces $20 Million to Improve Access to Drinking Water in Tribal Communities

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that it will dedicate more than $20 million in infrastructure funding to projects that will improve access to safe drinking water for American Indian and Alaska Native populations. This funding will significantly boost public health protections for these communities by improving their ability to obtain safe water for drinking, cooking, and handwashing.

“EPA is working to ensure that all Americans — regardless of their zip code — have clean water for drinking and recreation,” says EPA Assistant Administrator for Water David Ross. “EPA’s infrastructure funding will support public health in American Indian and Alaska Native communities by providing needed funding to connect populations to reliable and safe drinking water.”


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