AGC WATER / WASTEWATER EXPERT SERVING ON GULF STATES ASSESSMENT TEAM
AGC Co-Chair to the American Water Works Association – AGC Joint Committee Mike Welch (BRB Contractors – Topeka, KS) is the construction industry representative on a trip sponsored by the Water Environment Federation in collaboration with Black & Veatch to develop and present an area-wide assessment of the damage and probable cost to rehabilitate or replace wastewater systems in the Gulf States.
As a result of the hurricanes, some treatment plants were completely destroyed while others sustained considerable damage. Collection systems also sustained considerable damage. Local utilities are working to meet immediate needs but could face a prolonged period before they receive sufficient funding to restore full service to their customers. Much of this long-term financial support is expected to come from the federal government and state agencies; therefore, members of Congress and other policymakers need an official assessment of the damage to wastewater systems across the Gulf States. The report is expected to be released in December. The trip, according to Welch, “will last a week and hopefully will offer an opportunity to check out about 30 off-line water and wastewater treatment plants over three states. To get these communities back up and running, they must have water and wastewater services.” For more information visit the Water and Waste Water Web site and the Water Tech On Line Site.
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