In this week's water and wastewater news, a dog in Stillwater, Oklahoma, was rescued from a clean water basin; and Terre Haute, Indiana's wastewater supervisor was found dead after the announcement of an FBI investigation into his conduct

City officials in Stillwater, Oklahoma, got a surprise recently when they discovered a dog trapped in a clean water basin at the city’s water treatment plant.

The dog, identified as “Chancie,” was nearly six miles from his home when he decided to take a swim in the basin.

Officials were able to rescue the dog and get him back to his family.

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Source: Fox 23

Terre Haute Wastewater Supervisor Found Dead

The Terre Haute, Indiana, wastewater official recently suspended with pay from his position during an FBI investigation was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to a report from Associated Press.

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Christopher Mark Thompson, Terre Haute’s wastewater treatment plant supervisor, was a subject of the FBI’s investigation.

According to authorities, Thompson’s body was found in a truck by a relative in Vigo County. A handgun and some notes also were in the truck.

Source: Associated Press

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Ogdensburg, New York, Gets $20 million Loan for Wastewater Project

The New York Environmental Facilities Corp. has announced it will provide a $20 million no-interest loan to the city of Ogdensburg to help renovate its troubled wastewater treatment plant.

The loan is part of a larger $61 million effort to provide grants and loans to municipalities in the state for water and wastewater infrastructure projects.

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“This loan is integral to the city’s ability to undertake the project,” City Manager Sarah Purdy told the Watertown Daily Times.

Source: Watertown Daily Times

Plant Malfunction Causes Concern for North River

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New water tests show the North River is now safe to swim after a recent malfunction at the wastewater treatment plant in Scituate, Massachusetts.

The breakdown caused partially treated effluent to be released in the river.

Residents of Scituate were warned about the spill right away, and town officials noted that the problem was corrected.

Test results showed fewer than three colonies of enterococci bacteria per 100 milliliters. Standards for safe swimming used by the U.S. EPA and Massachusetts Department of Public Health are fewer than 104 enterococcus organisms per 100 milliliters.

Source: The Patriot Ledger

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