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NEWSLINE LATEST INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENTS
Colorado Developer
Progressing Plans for
$2.3 Billion Water Pipeline
A development group based in Colorado has
secured an infrastructure partnership for a 338mile
pipeline it wants to build, BizWest reported.
The project would pipe water from the Green
River-fed Flaming Gorge Reservoir in Utah and
Wyoming to Colorado's Front Range, and could
cost up to $2.3 billion, according to the report.
Water Horse Resources, based in Fort Collins,
Colorado, is hoping to develop the pipeline
and has secured Florida-based construction
company MasTec Inc. as a development partner.
" MasTec will lead construction of the
company's proposed 338-mile, minimum
55,000-acre-foot pipeline to deliver water
from the Green River, a tributary of the upper
Colorado River Basin, to Colorado's Front Range
for agriculture, municipal and environmental instream
flows benefiting the Poudre and South
Platte River systems, " according to a Water Horse
Resources press release.
Water Horse Resources founder and CEO
Aaron Miller proposed the pipeline project
almost 20 years ago.
EPA Announces $6.5 Billion
in Funding for Water
Infrastructure Projects
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
announced that 2022 funding of up to $6.5 billion
will be available for its Water Infrastructure Finance
and Innovation Act (WIFIA) and State Infrastructure
Financing Authority (SWIFIA) programs.
The money will support $13 billion in water
infrastructure projects while creating more than
40,000 jobs, the agency said. The notices of
funding availability include $5.5 billion for the
WIFIA program and an additional $1 billion for
the SWIFIA program.
This round of funding will prioritize funding
in four areas: Increasing investment in
economically stressed communities; making
rapid progress on lead service line replacement;
addressing PFAs and emerging contaminants;
and supporting water innovation and resilience.
To make WIFIA funding more adaptive to
ongoing community needs, EPA is changing
the way it accepts letters of interest from
prospective borrowers. Letters of interest may
be submitted by prospective borrowers and
received by the EPA at any time on or after Sept.
6, 2022. The submission period will close when
all available funds are committed to prospective
borrowers. Since letters will be evaluated as they
are received, the EPA encourages submissions at
the beginning of the availability period.
To date, EPA has closed 88 WIFIA loans that
are providing over $15 billion in credit assistance
to help finance nearly $33 billion for water
infrastructure.
Caterpillar Relocates
Global HQ Out of Illinois
Caterpillar Inc. announced in June that it will
move its global headquarters to the Dallas-Fort
Worth suburb of Irving from its current location
in Deerfield, Illinois.
" We believe it's in the best strategic interest
(Photo: City of Odessa)
Pipe Breaks Leave Texas City Without Drinking Water
in Summer Heat
Residents in the West Texas city of Odessa were without water service for about two days in the
scorching temperatures of mid-June after an aging, 24-inch pipe main ruptured.
The city water system's 165,000 customers' taps lost pressure or went completely dry after the break
on Monday, June 13, according to the city's social media pages. The city's water treatment plant was
back online by 8 a.m. Wednesday, and it took another half-day to complete the " recharging " process, as
staff slowly added water back into the system while monitoring to ensure there were no more leaks.
The city, located about 330 miles west of Dallas, distributed water to residents at the Ector County
Coliseum and delivered water to critical facilities like nursing homes. Water tankers also were placed
around the city to respond to any fires, said Deputy City Manager Phillip Urrutia.
" It's an aging infrastructure that we're seeing. It's a cast iron pipe, and so those are typically more
susceptible to breaks than other new technologies like PVC pipe that's going in the ground, " he said.
Wright said she hopes the city acts to prevent another water emergency
" I just hope that they kind of learned we need to get in there, we need to check these lines and
repair those that show signs of age and wear and tear, " she said. UC
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of the company to make this move, which
supports Caterpillar's strategy for profitable
growth as we help our customers build a better,
more sustainable world, " said Jim Umpleby,
chairman and CEO.
Caterpillar has had a presence in Texas since
the 1960s across several areas of the company.
Illinois remains the largest concentration of
Caterpillar employees anywhere in the world.
The company will begin transitioning its
headquarters to Irving this year, it said.
Water Company Fined
$1.2 Million for Sewage
Discharge into Rio Grande
The New Mexico Environment Department said it
has fined El Paso Water $1.2 million for allegedly
discharging more than 1 billion gallons of raw
sewage into the Rio Grande in Sunland Park.
The state compliance orders require El Paso
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