In this week's water and wastewater news, two firefighters are injured after an automated fire alarm releases a chemical extinguisher; and the city of Madison, Wisconsin, is promoting a new pale ale brewed with treated wastewater
A system malfunction at a water treatment plant in Machester, New Hampshire, resulted in the hospitalization of two firefighters.
An automated fire alarm system triggered and released a chemical extinguisher, which created a low-oxygen environment, and the responding firefighters weren’t warned.
The firefighters investigated the alarm and were forced to retreat to get fresh air before later being checked out at and released from a local hospital.
Golf Course Serves Pale Ale Brewed with Treated Wastewater
The city of Madison, Wisconsin, has announced its plan to promote water conservation with a new pale ale made with treated wastewater.
Over the weekend, the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District was pouring samples of the new beer, called Nine Springs Effluent Pale Ale at a golf course in Fitchburg.
The wastewater is double distilled and runs through a carbon filter, according to the plant’s pre-treatment coordinator, Ralph Erickson.
“The guys at the treatment plant were a little bit cautious about sampling our treated water and effluent beer, but people are really responding well,” he told WKOW.
While the beer isn’t yet available for purchase, the golf course is interested in partnering with the plant to distribute the beer.
The beer-pouring event was held in promotion of World Water Day.
Community in its Fourth Year Under Boil-Water Notice
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has had a boil-water advisory on the residents of a neighborhood near Bull Shoals Lake since early 2013 — more than four years.
The DNR and the More Bend Water Utility agreed to put a plan in place that included a timetable for improvements to the water system, but no such improvements have taken place. And water rates have increased.
“After they raised the rate, I couldn’t even afford to water my chickens. If it’s bad water, it's not even good for the chickens,” one resident told KY3.
An evidentiary hearing on whether the utility is at fault is slated for April 27.
“We’ve fallen through the cracks here. It's like nobody cares; there's just not enough of us,” another resident told KY3, referencing the utility’s 90 customers.
Overnight Blaze Renders Treatment Plant Nonfunctional
Firefighters battled a blaze overnight at a water treatment plant in Peabody, Massachusetts, last week.
Although there weren’t any injuries sustained in the fire, a Hazmat team was on hand to test the air and water quality.
“The fire got into some of the pockets of the roof that were inaccessible,” making it difficult to battle the fire at time,” Deputy Fire Chief Joe Daly told the Boston Globe.
Since the treatment plant is not currently in operation, the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority will provide water service to Peabody residents.
Source: The Boston Globe
Wisconsin DNR Secretary Updates Lawmakers on Wastewater Plans
An audit from last June showed the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources failed to issue violation notices to 525 out of 558 total wastewater facilities and animal feeding operations that weren’t adhering to regulations.
Now, DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp tells lawmakers that the department has plans to regularly check wastewater facilities and reduce a backlog in its wastewater permits.
The department, which saw drastic cuts during a state hiring freeze last year, also plans to fill more of its critical positions to get the work done.
Source: Wisconsin Radio Network