News Briefs: ​​Worker Falls to Her Death From Water Tower

In this week's water and wastewater news, a water resources worker dies after falling 100 feet from a water tower in Greensboro, North Carolina

A 28-year-old woman recently died after falling 100 feet from a water tower in McLeansville, North Carolina, while performing her duties as a member of the Greensboro Department of Water Resources.

A 911 caller reported that Sheria Stringer hadn’t fallen all the way to the ground. “We were doing a climb and something happened to her harness,” the caller said, according to News & Record. “She came down the ladder. I don’t know how far, but she’s still on the ladder — still hanging.”

The tower is 210 feet tall and is owned by the city of Greensboro. Stringer was a member of the engineering division of the water department and it’s unknown at this time why she was climbing the tower.

Tennessee Man Arrested for Spilling 20,000 Gallons of Oil and Antifreeze

A man in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, has been arrested after spilling 20,000 gallons of used motor oil, antifreeze and other wastewater at an automotive shop.

According to a press release from the city, the man opened valves on a tanker and two storage tanks. He’s being held on a $500,000 bond for vandalism charges.

Ammunition Company Operators Sentenced for Pretreatment Violations

Meanwhile, two men in Bozeman, Montana, were sentenced in a U.S. District Court to five years' probation after violating the city’s wastewater pretreatment program by discharging lead-contaminated wastewater into the public sewer system.

The men operate a company called USA Brass that cleans and recycles used ammunition casings.

A special agent working the case says one of the defendants falsified information to get permission for the discharges and jeopardized public health and safety.


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