News Briefs: Two Workers Die in Treatment Plant Accidents

In this week's water and wastewater news, workers in Missouri and Michigan die in two separate accidents at water treatment facilities; and $94 million in funding is provided for water/wastewater projects in Saskatchewan
News Briefs: Two Workers Die in Treatment Plant Accidents

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A 46-year-old worker recently was killed after falling 20 feet from the top of a tank at Marshall (Missouri) Water Treatment Plant.

Scot Lesmeister of Butler was working for River City Construction as the company was hired to install a new water decontamination system. Emergency personnel found Lesmeister inside a concrete tank that was under construction.

Workers cut a hold in the bottom of the tank so emergency crews could enter and remove the victim, who was pronounced dead on the scene.

Representateves from OSHA and River City Construction will reportedly conduct an investigation at the plant.

Source: The Marshall Democrat-News

Roofer Falls to His Death at Treatment Plant

A 20-year-old roofer employed by a subcontractor died after falling from a roof at the Ludington (Michigan) Water Treatment Plant recently.

Kevin Martinez fell 30 feet through a skylight and landed on the cement floor of an empty clarifier tank, which normally would have been filled with water but was having work done on it.

The subcontractor was working for Davis Construction of Kentwood — the general contractor for an $8.2 million plant upgrade project.

Martinez was transported to a local hospital before being airlifted to another hospital in Grand Rapids, where he died.


$94 Million in Water/Wastewater Projects Slated in Saskatchewan

The governments of Canada and Saskatchewan recently announced funding for 75 new water and wastewater projects throughout Saskatchewan.

This investment represents combined federal, provincial and local partner funding of more than $94 million for 74 Clean Water and Wastewater Fund (CWWF) projects, and one project under the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component-National and Regional Projects.

The funding will support such initiatives as building new sewage treatment lagoons, upgrading sewage pumps and improving drinking water supply systems. The work will improve the reliability of water and wastewater services, while also allowing for future growth and development in communities across Saskatchewan.

Source: Government of Saskatchewan

Over 9,000 Water Customers Still At Risk of Shut-offs in Detroit

The city of Detroit has halved the number of water customers at risk of shut-offs to 9,000 homes.

“Within the last three weeks, we went from 18,000 eligible for shut-off to 9,000 because people got into payment plans to avoid being shut off,” Detroit Water and Sewerage Department Director Gary Brown told The Detroit News.

The city’s water department started disconnecting customers last month after a final notice, but those who contacted the department before the shut-off date were able to continue service after making a payment or applying for assistance plans.

Source: The Detroit News


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