November Newsline: Water industry $127B in 2009; Inergy pipeline update; Tampa sewer rates rising

November 2009 Vol. 64 No. 11

The fifth edition of EBJ’s WaterView Report series is a comprehensive manual and market research document for the current state and future of the water and wastewater businesses in multiple segments. This 811-page report maps out the water industry by sector, with many market data breakdowns and forecasts, and the latest trends and strategies derived from hundreds of executive interviews.

Inergy moves ahead with natural gas pipeline
After receiving positive feedback from prospective customer, Kansas City-based Inergy LP is planning to build a natural gas pipeline that could cost as much as $425 million.

The company will ask for regulatory approval before the end of the year for a 43-mile pipeline in northeast Pennsylvania. The Marc I pipeline and North-South project will link three main gas pipelines in upstate Pennsylvania and New York. The company expects to complete the project in 2011.

The project would allow Inergy to charge other natural gas companies in the area to transport their product through the Inergy-owned pipelines.

The Marc I project sits on the Marcellus Shale formation, a massive are of mostly untapped natural gas reserves that is among the largest in the United States. It covers large portions of Pennsylvania and New York and borders New Jersey to the northwest, giving it proximity to several large cities.

Tampa’s sewer rates to rise
Tampa City Council members voted to impose a sewer rate increase, which will be staggered over three years beginning in October.

Without the increase, wastewater officials said, increased expenses and rising debt on outstanding bonds would drain the department’s coffers by 2011.

Under the new rates, customers will see a nearly 36 percent increase in the three-year period. An average residential bill which now is $33.60 will increase to about $39.10 in fiscal year 2010. In three years it would be close to $47 a month.

Plans for the additional money are to cover maintenance and repair.

Even with the increases, Tampa will have some of the lowest sewer rates in the Tampa Bay area.

Clean Water Act spurs Jeffersonville, IN, to upgrade sewer systems
The city of Jeffersonville, IN, has agreed to make extensive improvements to its sewer systems that will significantly reduce the city’s longstanding sewage overflows into the Ohio River in a comprehensive Clean Water Act settlement with federal and state government, the Justice Department, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the state of Indiana.