News Briefs: Body of Man Who Fell Into Water Conduit is Found

In this week's water and wastewater news, authorities found the body of a man who was reported to have fallen into a raw water pipe in El Dorado County, California; and a snowmobile crash in Maine causes the temporary closure of a water treatment plant
News Briefs: Body of Man Who Fell Into Water Conduit is Found

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After several hours of searching, the body of a man who fell into a water conduit in El Dorado County, California, was found the morning of Jan. 23 in an area of raw water.

The El Dorado Irrigation District put emergency water restrictions in place for residents in Pollock Pines, Placerville, El Dorado Hills and Cameron Park after learning the man had fallen into a water pipeline.

Authorities say the man — identified as Tory Robert Mayes, 34, of Pollock Pines — entered the 48-inch diameter pipe through a vent on the top. The pipe spans about a mile and a half, carrying water from Jenkinson Lake to a water treatment plant.

Sources: CBS News and KCRA 3

Snowmobile Crash Causes Treatment Plant Closure

A water treatment plant in Southwest Harbor, Maine, was shut down after a snowmobile crashed into a nearby pond.

The man operating the snowmobile was transporting his 12-year-old daughter and her friend when he departed a short way from the snowmobile trail and crashed into the pond. All three swam to shore and were later treated for hypothermia.

Plans were in place to remove the snowmobile and resume treatment plant operations Jan. 26.

Source: Bangor Daily News

Madison Water Use Drops to Lowest Level in 50 Years

A recent report from the Madison (Wisconsin) Water Utility shows last year it pumped the lowest amount of water since 1967.

The utility pumped 9.4 billion gallons of water in 2017, despite having about 95,000 more people in the city than it did 50 years ago. The trend toward declining water use is likely due to more efficient appliances and equipment in homes paired with community awareness on better sustainability practices.

Madison Water Utility also has an initiative called the Toilet Rebate Program which has saved more than half a billion gallons of water since 2009, according to utility estimates. In addition to that, more than 10,000 residents are using the utility’s online tool to track water use.

Source: WKOW News

Navy to Fund Filter System in Washington for PFAS

The U.S. Navy will fund a new water filter system for Couperville, Washington, to protect it from chemicals in the firefighting foam used at a Navy airstrip nearby.

The plan is part of an effort by the Department of Defense to keep track of pollution from firefighting foam used at military bases and assist municipalities affected by it.

In Couperville, the Navy plans to pay for the design, installation and operation of a filter system to treat perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

Source: Seattle Times



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