In this week's water and wastewater news, breweries in Arizona are partnering with a touring wastewater treatment system in a semi truck to make beer; and a Montana company lands a contract to install a process using algae to remove nutrients
A wastewater treatment system housed in a semi truck is making its way around Arizona, and it recently made a stop in Flagstaff so its operators could show a crowd of government officials an advanced process to make wastewater potable again.
In an effort to promote public education about wastewater treatment technologies and recycled water, more than 30 breweries around the state have agreed to brew beer with water produced by the truck’s treatment system.
Meanwhile, regulators in the state are developing interim rules to allow utilities to treat reclaimed wastewater for drinking purposes. A draft of those interim rules recently was published.
Source: Arizona Daily Sun
Water Recovery Company Treating Wastewater With Algae
Clearas Water Recovery based out of Missoula, Montana, recently landed a contract to implement its Advanced Biological Nutrient Recovery technology at a Utah municipality running a 4 mgd wastewater treatment system.
Clearas had previously developed a process to use algae to remove nitrogen and phosphorus from Missoula’s wastewater treatment plant, although that pilot system was only 15,000 gpd.
The company formed when algae farmers in the area wanted to use phosphorous and nitrogen from Missoula’s wastewater treatment facility to produce biofuel. The head of the wastewater facility told the farmers they could use as much wastewater as they wanted, free of charge.
Source: The Missoulian
Water Utility Reminds Residents to Keep Fireworks Away From Water Sources
Indiana American Water, the state’s largest investor-owned water utility, issued a warning to those lighting off fireworks over the Fourth of July to keep them away from local water sources to reduce contamination.
Recent studies have shown that many fireworks may contain certain compounds, including perchlorate, that can contaminate water supplies and present health concerns.
Perchlorate, also found in rocket fuels, explosives and certain nitrogen fertilizers, has been known to create problems with the human thyroid gland according to the United States Geological Survey.
Source: The News and Tribune
Hammer-Wielding Man Shows Up Naked, Bloody at Ohio Treatment Plant
The Associated Press reported an odd story in Jefferson, Ohio, about a man who showed up naked, bloody and wielding a hammer at the town’s wastewater treatment plant.
Employees of the facility were evacuated, and the man was taken into custody without incident.
However, police say the man is a suspect in an assault case that took place earlier that same evening.
Source: Associated Press