News Briefs: Denver Water Plans to Shut Down North Side of System Amidst Projects

Also in this week's sewer and water news, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster announces a $500 million rural water/wastewater infrastructure proposal

Due to a number of construction projects, Denver Water is planning to shut down the entire north side of its collections, distribution and treatment works, putting all its faith into its southern system to supply 1.5 million customers in the city with service.

“Shifting all that water here and there, it’s a lot to keep straight, a lot to think about, a lot to juggle,” Nathan Elder, manager of water supply for Denver Water, told Denver Post. “And it all comes on top of watching the weather to see what it might — or might not — bring us as far as precipitation.”

Read the Denver Post story for more information about the switch and associated construction projects.

South Carolina Governor Announces Rural Water/Wastewater Infrastructure Proposal

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster recently announced a major rural infrastructure proposal that would provide $500 million in American Rescue Plan funds to revitalize South Carolina's water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure. The proposal would aim to modernize rural water systems statewide, providing safe drinking water and the infrastructure needed for economic development in rural communities. 

“In rural South Carolina, water and sewer are key to life. The right water and sewer systems in a county can transform a tax base, creating jobs, good schools and a vibrant community,” says McMaster. “With this investment of $500 million into rural water, sewer and stormwater infrastructure, we can ensure that South Carolina will have the workforce, the infrastructure and the quality of life necessary to compete nationally and globally for jobs and investment for generations to come.”

Ohio Water District Plans Tank Project as Potential Disaster Looms

The Scioto County (Ohio) Regional Water District 1 has received a $1.02 million grant from Ohio BUILDS to address an impending disaster by relocating two large storage tanks threatening to slide over a hill.

Expensive studies and excavation efforts have shown that the ground 27 feet below the tanks is sliding. “The tank movement is continual, but it’s not speeding up nor is it slowing down,” Jonathan King, general manager, told WSAZ News. “One firm told us to keep the tanks completely full because they were actually pinning the earth to the bedrock, and another firm said we don’t think you should keep them full.”

Officials say if the tanks aren’t moved, they could spill 1.2 million gallons of water onto houses in the area and leave upward of 30,000 customers without drinking water service for eight or more months.


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