October 5, 2015 |
Plans are moving forward for the Voorhees-based American Water company to take over Camden's water and sewer systems, which would end the city's long and often fraught relationship with current operator United Water. American Water, which already has a presence in New Jersey, has presented a plan to City Council that it says would save money and improve water quality. Council might vote by December on the contract, which would then go into effect early next year. State agencies must also approve the deal.
September 3, 2015 |
ORGANIZERS OF the 2016 Olympic Games are talking trash. Again. Yesterday, Arthur Nuzman, the head of the Rio de Janeiro organizing committee, said there will be viral testing of the polluted waters, including Guanabara Bay, where distance swimming, rowing, canoeing, sailing and triathlon competitions will be held. The decision comes after the Associated Press conducted an independent analysis of the water venues that showed high levels of viruses from human sewage. Before the AP study, the International Olympic Committee and organizers of the Rio Games had maintained only bacterial testing was needed.
December 6, 2014 |
In an agreement between Tredyffrin Township and Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection, the township said it expects to replace a 36-year-old sewage pipeline that ruptured and has spilled millions of gallons of untreated sewage in the last few years into Valley Forge National Historical Park and Valley Creek, a tributary of the Schuylkill. Tredyffrin and its municipal authority violated the state's Clean Streams Law in three sewage-line ruptures in March 2012 and February and March 2014, in which more than 18.3 million gallons of sewage spilled into Valley Creek, according to a Nov. 21 court order from Chester County Court.
October 3, 2014 |
Six months after millions of tons of sewage fouled a prime trout stream in Valley Forge National Historical Park, two environmental groups are pursuing legal action against Tredyffrin Township and its municipal authority, saying they violated federal law. In addition to the March spill, the 30-inch pressurized pipeline ruptured in February and in March 2012, and is likely to rupture again, according to the groups, PennEnvironment and Trout Unlimited,...
March 28, 2014 |
Tredyffrin Township officials feared there was a problem with the large, pressurized sewer line along Valley Creek in Valley Forge National Historical Park. Two years ago, part of it ruptured. Early last month, a section burst nearby. Their timetable for addressing the issue of ailing pipes could hardly have been more ironic. On March 17, the supervisors approved a $40,000 study of the line to identify weaknesses. The next morning at 10:45, the pipe broke again, close to the intersection of Routes 252 and 23 in the park.
March 21, 2014 |
For several hours Tuesday morning, raw sewage gushed from the ruptured pipe into Valley Creek at a rate of about 5,000 gallons a minute. Then, when officials turned off the flow to the 30-inch sewer main, it caused sewage to back up at the closest pumping station, near Wilson Road in Chesterbrook, fouling even more of a prime trout stream in Valley Forge National Historical Park. Overall, untreated waste flowed into Valley Creek for more than 30 hours, spilling several million gallons of sewage, officials estimated.
March 20, 2014 |
A large, aged sewer pipe going through Valley Forge National Historic Park broke Tuesday, spilling raw sewage into Valley Creek, a state-designated "exceptional value" stream and trout-fishing mecca, at the rate of 5,000 gallons a minute. Valley Creek drains into the Schuylkill, and Philadelphia Water Department officials were on alert, in case they had to shut down the Belmont or Queen Lane drinking-water intakes. Joanne Dahme, a spokeswoman for the department, said upstream utilities would see any impact first and would share that information.
January 22, 2014 |
The orange flare along I-95 near Castor Avenue isn't lit anymore. It used to burn off excess methane produced at this Philadelphia sewage treatment plant. But with the completion of a $47.5 million project, the gas now is transformed into heat and electricity, putting the plant front and center in a sewage paradigm shift. These days, the stinky sludge, the stuff of our toilets, has a new future. Experts see not an abomination, but a resource. "We are just at the beginning of what we can do with sewage," said Allison Deines, director of special projects at the Water Environment Research Foundation, a Virginia-based nonprofit for wastewater and storm water issues.
July 22, 2013 |
Andy Kricun was fresh out of Princeton on the memorably hot day he realized what life was like for neighbors of the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority. It was 1985, and the Gloucester Township resident was in South Camden for the first time, interviewing for an engineering position at the regional sewage treatment authority. "The odor was horrendous," says Kricun, who got the job, climbed the ladder, and in 2011 became the CCMUA's executive director. "I felt so badly that people in the community had to live with that," he recalls.
July 17, 2013 |
AFTER TAKING a dip in Devil's Pool at Wissahickon Creek one afternoon last week, Trevor Broom chatted about what a nice respite from a hot summer day the pond can be. "Are you gonna jump in with us now?" Broom, 27, asked a Daily News reporter with a grin. "The water's nice. " Well, not exactly. Experts say the water in the Wissahickon, Pennypack and many other city creeks is wastewater - essentially, water that carried sewage before being treated at wastewater plants and sent back into the creeks.