News Briefs: Explosion at WWTP Chemical Manufacturer Leaves One Dead

In this week's water and wastewater news, a fire-tank explodes in Nash County, North Carolina, killing one person; and an Italian winemaker is using reclaimed wastewater to grow grapes in Tijuana
News Briefs: Explosion at WWTP Chemical Manufacturer Leaves One Dead

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A recent fire-tank explosion at a Nash County, North Carolina, wastewater treatment plant chemical manufacturer resulted in the death of one person.

Two people were on duty at the time of the explosion, according to authorities, although neither of them has been identified.

The explosion occurred at Pennco Inc. in Middlesex, which is 33 miles east of Raleigh. The cause of the explosion hasn’t been reported at this time.

Source: Associated Press

Winemaker Using Reclaimed Water to Make Red Wine

An Italian winemaker is using reclaimed water in Tijuana, Baja California, to grow its grapevines and create a red wine that could sell for around $200 per bottle.

The treated wastewater would be transported through the Baja de California peninsula to the Valle de Guadalupe south of Tijuana, according to the winemaker, Camillo Magoni.

“It tastes like a Cabernet Sauvignon. There’s absolutely no difference,” Magoni told Reuters. “The water we’re using is very clean. It’s practically crystalline.”

The effort to use wastewater to produce wine could be a solution for winemakers in an area of the country where water is scarce.

Source: Reuters

Brothers Drown in River Behind Treatment Plant

Two brothers recently drowned in the Pearl River behind a water treatment plant in Jackson, Mississippi, trying to save their 9-year-old cousin.

The 9-year-old and three other family members were fishing behind the treatment plant when the child got his shoe stuck in the mud and the current caught him.

The 17-year-old and 26-year-old cousins went in to save him, but the current overwhelmed them.

Source: WAPT News

Component Failure Could Be Problematic for Kyle, Texas

Workers in Kyle, Texas, are trying to fix the city’s wastewater treatment plant. A component failure could cause a million gpd of partially treated wastewater to release into Plum Creek.

The broken part removes solids from the wastewater using motorized rakes, and if it’s not fixed soon, the solids buildup will lead to problems for the city of Kyle, operations division manager Jason Biemer told MyStatesman.

Source: MyStatesman


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