News Briefs: Fire Breaks Out at Michigan WWTP

In this week's water and wastewater news, a fire causes damage at a Michigan WWTP; a treatment plant upgrade in Ontario reduces the rate of intersex fish; and a New York WWTP is offering Valentine's Day tours.
News Briefs: Fire Breaks Out at Michigan WWTP

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A fire at Warren, Michigan’s WWTP resulted in damage to a conveyor belt and electronic controls.

A power failure and subsequent switch to a secondary system caused a surge, and a damper may not have opened, which caused the process to overheat and catch fire, Fire Commissioner Wilburt McAdams told C&G Newspapers.

A quick response from the city’s fire department saved the plant from more extensive damage, according to McAdams.

Solids were being hauled from the plant for off-site incineration, and city officials have yet to assess how costly the damage will be.

“I was assured this will have no impact on city services, but we will need to haul sludge out rather than burn it at the plant until the conveyor belt is repaired,” Mayor Jim Fouts told C&G Newspapers.

Source: C&G Newspapers

Male Fish Make Comeback After WWTP Upgrade

Male fish have returned to the Grand River in Ontario since the area’s WWTP aeration tank was upgraded to reduce ammonia levels in the water, according to scientists. The upgrade had the added effect of reducing endocrine-disrupting chemicals in the water.

The Grand River was previously had the highest rate of intersex fish in the world. Male fish with female characteristics like egg production were caused by exposure to hormones in the water.

Since upgrading the Kitchener Water Treatment Plant in 2012, the incident rates of intersex fish in the river has dropped from 100% in some places to below 10%.

Source: Chemistry World

Homeowners May Soon Finance Lead Pipe Replacement in Wisconsin

A new bill from the Wisconsin Senate could allow homeowners to finance the replacement of lead service lines through their utility company.

The bill is authored by Sen. Robert Cowles and would give water utilities the authority to offer financing plans to customers.

Half of the customers in Milwaukee County have lead lines, and Cowles argues utilities should have more authority to use their resources.

Area residents have criticized the move, saying the expensive repairs aren’t their responsibility.

Source: Beloit Daily News

WWTP Offers Valentine's Day Tours

The Newtown Creek WWTP in Brooklyn, New York, announced it will again offer tours of its plant for Valentine’s Day.

Plant operators will lead three tours the Saturday prior to the holiday, giving lovebirds an overview of the treatment process and an opportunity to visit a 120-foot-high observation deck atop the plant’s digester eggs.

Source: Brooklyn Daily Eagle


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