Public Utilities
6:31 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Hidden Works: What's really inside that house?

What's really hiding inside this Kennedy Heights home?
Tana Weingartner WVXU

Water is a big topic these days. There's a scarcity of it out West. Algae blooms shut down Toledo's drinking water system earlier this month, and Cincinnati remains on the leading edge of water technology. But those are all obvious. We see or hear about them frequently.  WVXU went looking behind-the-scenes at a hidden aspect of our water delivery system - something thousands of Cincinnatians pass each day but never truly see.

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6:27 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Aquarium unveils Shark Wall Mural

Rich Eiswerth

ArtWorks has finished a mural on the north exterior wall of the Newport Aquarium. 

At more than 300 feet long, the "Shark Wall" mural is ArtWorks longest project to date, according to Aquarium spokesman Jeff Geiser.

It was unveiled last night

6:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Courthouse and jail go green with solar

A new solar system was installed 8 months ago on the roof of the Justice Center.

The Hamilton County Courthouse and Justice Center have something new-a total of 80 solar panels for heating water.

The panels are part of a $20 million dollar project the county says is at no additional cost to taxpayers. With the help of contractors, Hamilton County chose these buildings because they had flat roofs and available space.

The Justice Center:

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Cincinnati streetcar
11:50 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Streetcar track work moves to Central Business District

Work crews installing streetcar track on Walnut Street near Central Parkway in downtown Cincinnati.
Credit Jay Hanselman

Streetcar track work is now moving into Cincinnati's Central Business District and that likely will continue through early 2015 as part of the $133 million project.

"Seeing the track on Walnut Street is an exciting milestone in the construction process," said project executive John Deatrick in a statement.  "It's a sign the streetcar is getting closer to achieving our goal to connect two major downtown neighborhoods: Over-the-Rhine and the Central Business District."

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3:39 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Hamilton County reaffirms directions/policies for MSD

MSD of Greater Cincinnati waste water treatment facility in Cincinnati.
Credit Sarah Ramsey

The Hamilton County Commissioners are reemphasizing a ruling from a federal magistrate in June that the county gets to make the rules for the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD), and the city of Cincinnati as the operator must follow them.  

The commissioners unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday outlining county policies and directives for MSD that have been given in the past and adding some new ones.

Hamilton County Commission President Chris Monzel:

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