News Briefs: Discolored Foam at Plant Triggers Police Investigation

In this week's water and wastewater news, reddish foam causes problem at a Missouri plant, low-interest funding helps a $2 billion wastewater project, and water rationing is approved for Los Angeles communities.
News Briefs: Discolored Foam at Plant Triggers Police Investigation

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The Reeds Spring (Missouri) Wastewater Treatment Plant was forced to shut down for several hours when operators noticed discolored foam in the plant’s sediment basins. That incident led to a criminal investigation, and authorities have targeted a specific part of town as they try to determine what caused the foaming and which residence it’s coming from.

“Typically, when you’re dealing with your sediment basins, there will be foam on top,” says Reeds Spring City Administrator Bill Bell in an Ozarks First interview. “It’s not a solid foam across the basin. It’s in certain spots, and it’s gray in color, but this was an orangey-red and it was across the whole basin.”

Bell says the substance is causing an abnormal smell in the sewers, and the city is now performing spot checks in sewer lines to pinpoint the problem.

After the shutdown, the plant brought in live bacteria from neighboring Hollister Wastewater Treatment Plant to reactivate the wastewater treatment process.

“We hope it’s over with,” says Bell in the report. “If it does come back, we will do our best to bring the people guilty of that to justice.”

Source: Ozark First

Sacramento Saves Big on $2 Billion Wastewater Treatment Upgrade

Officials at the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District received approval for $1.6 billion in low-interest financing through the California Clean Water State Revolving Fund program. The low-interest loan will save the district about a half billion dollars as it prepares for the largest public works project in the county’s history.

According to the sewer district’s press release, the lower costs will come “through favorable terms for interest rate and loan term.”

In late May, Sacramento County (California) will break ground on the $2 billion EchoWater project — an upgrade to the wastewater treatment plant near Elk Grove. The upgrade will include 12 construction contracts and take about eight years to complete.

Source: Sacramento Bee, Sacramento Business Journal

Los Angeles Water Utility Considers Supply Cuts

Starting in July, communities in Southern California will receive less water as the Metropolitan Water District begins rationing its water supply. The rationing is in response to an executive order from California Governor Jerry Brown that demands a 25 percent water-use reduction. On average, community water supplies will be reduced by 15 percent, with some communities, such as Beverly Hills, receiving cuts up to 35 percent.

California is entering its fourth consecutive year of drought.

“This is a statewide emergency,” says Metropolitan Water District Executive Director Jeffrey Kightlinger in a Bloomberg Business article. “We want to manage the economic impacts of this. A lot of our economy is based on the usage of water.”

Source: Bloomberg

Record Rainfall Overwhelms Milwaukee Sanitation District

The Metropolitan Milwaukee Sewerage District was in emergency mode last week when the city received a month’s worth of rain in 24 hours. To prevent basement backups, the district initiated a combined sewer overflow of about 681.1 million gallons.

According to a report from Fox6, MMSD also conducted combined sewage treatment at the Jones Island Water Reclamation Facility, which reduced the sewer overflow by 76.9 million gallons.

Between April 8 and 9, the city recorded between 3 and 4 inches of rain.

Source: Fox News 6


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