News Briefs: Animal Control Rescues Deer From Water Treatment Tank

In this week's water and wastewater news, animal control workers in Georgia rescue a deer after it falls into a water treatment tank; and an elementary school student from Orange County, California, is appointed general manager of a water district
News Briefs: Animal Control Rescues Deer From Water Treatment Tank

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Animal control workers in Cobb County. Georgia, rescued a deer that fell into a water treatment tank at the R.L. Sutton Wastewater Reclamation Facility.

The water in the tank was 25 feet deep and county workers found the deer swimming in the water at around 9 a.m.

The deer was lifted from the tank by firefighters before being taken in an animal-control vehicle to be released.

The county isn’t sure how the deer managed to get inside the tank, as it’s surrounded by a wall and a catwalk.


Elementary Student Named General Manager of Water District for a Day

An elementary school student from Orange County, California, recently was appointed general manager of the Moulton Niguel Water District for a day.

The fifth-grade student, Beck Winters, was offered a tour of the district’s lift station and treatment plant due to his unusual interest in waterworks. Winters came prepared with many questions about how the district operates.

“It was very interesting and there was a lot of stuff I learned there,” Winters told the Orange County Register. “I just really like water drains, for some reason. When I was little, it was the only thing I was interested in. My dad would want me to do something else, but I was really interested in drains nearby.”

Source: Orange County Register

Albuquerque to Fluoridate Water Again

Water utility board members in Albuquerque, New Mexico, voted to buy equipment to resume drinking water fluoridation after it had halted the practice in 2011.

For almost an hour, residents of the city voiced support and opposition to the measure.

“At the end of the day, when there’s a question about science, we need to listen to the scientists,” Albuquerque City Councilor Pat Davis said at the meeting. He voted in favor of fluoridation.

Councilor Trudy Jones says she was philosophically opposed to the idea. “I don’t think at any time the government should add something to our water if some people don’t want it.”

Source: Albuquerque Journal

Power Outage Causes Wastewater Release in Massachusetts

A power outage at a wastewater treatment facility in North Andover, Massachusetts, caused the release of millions of gallons of untreated wastewater into the Merrimack River.

The spill occurred during a tropical storm called Philippe. The treatment plant’s director, Cheri Cousens, says there’s no health risk to the 600,000 people who rely on the river.

Cousens described a situation that hasn’t happened in the plant’s 40-year history. Two different electrical feeders at the plant and pump station both lost power at 1:30 a.m. and were down for 13 hours.

Source: Boston Herald


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