News Briefs: Snowy Owl Recovers From Sludge Pond Dive

In this week's water and wastewater news, a snowy owl rescue has a happy ending, Hamilton donates water to Flint, and peecycling signals a move to sustainability.
News Briefs: Snowy Owl Recovers From Sludge Pond Dive

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A wildlife rescue has a happy ending, thanks to two county wastewater system employees. The duo recently discovered a disabled snowy owl in a Muskegon County (Michigan) Wastewater Plant pond. The young male owl apparently took a dive into the pond and ended up with a thick coating of sludge.

“All of his primary feathers were covered in gunk,” said Susan Stamy, director of the Braveheart Raptor Rehabilitation Center in an article.

The owl was unable to fly with his sludge-coated wings, but after a thorough cleaning and nine days at the rehabilitation center, he made a full recovery. The owl will soon be released back into the wild.


Hamilton Donates Award-Winning Tap Water to Flint

In Hamilton, Ohio, award-winning water isn’t something to hoard; it’s something to share. The city recently sent five truckloads of its tap water to Flint, Michigan, to assist the city that has been hit with a water-quality crisis.

“It’s about, what? Four-hours-and-30-minute drive from here? So that makes them our neighbor,” said Michael A. Folkes, CEO and president of M.A. Folkes Co., which organized the water donation along with Hamilton Mayor Pat Moeller.

Hamilton has previously won the title of “Best Tasting Tap Water in the World,” at the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting. The donated water, however, will be used for nondrinking water, according to a Journal-News article.

Lowe’s and Home Depot donated 5-gallon buckets to the effort, and volunteers filled the buckets with Hamilton water, which was trucked to Flint.

“It is so much the right thing to do, and I thank everybody who’s been involved with the collection,” said Moeller.

Source: Journal-News 

Peecycling Comes to Amsterdam’s King’s Day

Waternet, the Amsterdam city water board, made a sustainability statement at this year’s King’s Day festival, which draws up to 1.5 million revelers to the Dutch capital. According to The Guardian, Waternet collected urine from three locations around the city during the alcohol-heavy event as a way of illustrating the utility’s commitment to resource recovery.

“We want to show what terms like ‘sustainability’ and ‘a circular economy’ really means,” said Alderman Abdeluheb Choho. “It’s particularly wonderful we can do it while the whole city is having a ball.”

Waternet extracts phosphate from urine, typically recycling enough of the nutrient each year to fertilize the equivalent of 10,000 football fields.

King’s Day, celebrated on April 27, is the birthday of King Willem-Alexander and a national holiday.

Source: The Guardian


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