In this week's water and wastewater news, four wastewater treatment plant workers in Apopka, Florida resigned saying they had health and safety concerns; attorneys are gathering evidence for a class-action lawsuit against flushable wipes manufacturers; a Pennsylvania city plans to replace its water lines after finding elevated levels of lead; and thieves on Long Island are posing as water employees to gain access to homes.
Four workers resigned from a wastewater treatment plant in Apopka, Florida, saying they had concerns about their health and safety.
Chief operator Glen Brooks also publicly brought up some issues surrounding plant conditions, but was fired three months later following accusations of him of lying.
One of the resignation letters cited “deliberate non-compliance” within the plant. A statement from the city admitted “occasional operating issues.”
Source: WFTV 9
Flushable Wipes Companies Preparing for Class-Action Case
Attorneys representing six so-called flushable wipes companies are now in Minnesota gathering evidence and inspecting the repeated clogs being alleged by a number of cities.
Six cities and two public works commissions filed a class-action lawsuit against the companies in 2015, and a 20-day jury trial is slated for sometime in 2018.
Chisago Lakes Joint Sewage Plant Superintendent Mark Nelson told KaalTV there have been numerous problems related to flushable wipes.
“We recently had one station that plugged a pump four times in one day,” he said.
York Water Co. to Replace Lines After Finding Lead
York Water Co. of central Pennsylvania plans to replace all its lead lines over the next four years after tests discovered elevated levels of lead in drinking water.
Six of the 50 buildings tested by the utility had lead amounts above the “action level” mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Company President Jim Hines told The York Dispatch that York Water Co. tested 50 of the 1,660 properties where company-owned lines are still made of lead.
“It’s among all of what they call our 'high-risk homes,'” said Hines.
Source: York Dispatch
Thieves Pose as Water Workers, Rob Four Long Island Homes
Thieves are posing as utility workers to gain access to valuables within people’s homes, and it’s becoming a problem for the residents of Long Island, New York.
Authorities in the town of Hempstead have reported at least four incidents in the past month in which individuals dressed as water department employees have robbed residents.
Officials from New York American Water reminded residents that water companies very rarely send workers to a residence without notifying the homeowners in advance.
Source: NBC 4 New York