In this week's water and wastewater news, a worker in Tennessee is seriously injured in a welding accident at a wastewater treatment plant; and the governor of Iowa is asking for $850 million for waterway improvement projects

A worker in Chattanooga, Tennessee, was seriously injured earlier this month in an explosion that occurred while he was welding a wastewater solvent holding tank.

Gary Patton, 41, was thrown approximately 50 feet from the tank. He was taken via ambulance to local hospital escorted by police.

Patton had been working at an industrial wastewater treatment facility called Aqua Treat. Plant officials say the public and environment weren’t in danger from the explosion.

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Sources: Times Free Press and WRCB TV.

Iowa Governor Seeks $850 Million for Clean Water

A proposal from Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad that asks to spend around $850 million over the next 12 years cleaning the state’s waterways has passed the Iowa Senate.

The federal government is pressuring Iowa to remove nutrients from its waters that are adding to a dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. However, Sen. Ken Rozenboom says the problem isn’t that bad.

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“I don’t subscribe to the theory that the sky is falling when it comes to water quality,” he said at a subcommittee hearing. “We’ve got tremendous improvements in water quality that we can demonstrate any number of different ways.”

Source: Iowa Public Radio

Small Treatment Facility Spills 6 Million Gallons of Wastewater

A monitoring system in California reported that around 6 million gallons of wastewater may have leaked into creeks close to Lake Berryessa during the recent rainy season from a small treatment facility in Napa County.

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Heavy rains had filled up storage ponds at a facility in the Lake Berryessa Resort Improvement District, which serves about 160 homes.

The district then sprayed wastewater on land, and it mixed with rain and flowed into a nearby creek. E. coli levels next to Putah Creek were seven times more than the maximum allowed.

Source: The Sacramento Bee

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Montana DEQ Cites Wastewater Improvement Company

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality recently cited a construction company for exceeding turbidity levels in the Gallatin River during work on a wastewater improvement project.

The company also was in violation because it didn’t collect water samples and create a good dewatering plan.

A project engineer says the company is finished dewatering in the area and the violations are not expected to delay progress.

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Source: NBC Montana

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