News Briefs: Gas Buildup Causes Explosion at Kansas City WWTP

In this week's water and wastewater news, a methane buildup blows the door off a wastewater treatment plant; and a bad bearing causes a fire at a Minnesota plant
News Briefs: Gas Buildup Causes Explosion at Kansas City WWTP

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A gas buildup at the Blue River Wastewater Treatment Plant in Kansas City, Missouri, recently caused an explosion that required the assistance of firefighters.

Fire officials said a methane buildup caused the rear door of the building to explode, and part of the building collapsed.

There were no injuries and the plant remains open.

Source: Kansas City Star

Bad Bearing Causes Ductwork to Ignite at Minnesota Plant

In another story involving fire at a wastewater facility, firefighters recently had to put out a blaze at a Washington County (Minnesota) plant.

Firefighters saw “heavy black smoke coming from the air vent in the air filtering building,” according to a statement provided to The Pioneer Press.

The fire chief said the cause of the fire was likely a bad bearing in the blower system, which ignited PVC ductwork.

Source: The Pioneer Press

New Jersey Utility Faces Violations for Neglecting Failed Filter for a Month

After it neglected a failed filter for more than a month, the Trenton (New Jersey) Water Works is facing four violations from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

The combined filter effluent wasn’t working properly between Sept. 25 and Nov. 2, and now the utility isn’t sure if its water supply was below its turbidity standard.

The city also recently issued an advisory letter to customers about a recent haloacetic acids violation.


New Streetlamp Is Powered by Dog Poop

A streetlamp in Britain that’s powered by dog poop is making headlines for helping keep the streets clean and illuminated all at once.

Dog walkers in Malvern Hills, Worcestershire, are provided free compostable bags and given directions to put their dog’s excrement into a hatch to an anaerobic digester next to the lamp.

Ten bags can power the lamp for two hours after dusk, when walkers are returning from the hills to a road west of Malvern.

Source: The Times


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