News Briefs: Fire Destroys Water Treatment Plant in Saskatchewan

Also in this week's water and wastewater news, actor Jaden Smith's foundation is working to help bring clean drinking water to Flint, Michigan

Carry the Kettle Nakoda First Nation in Saskatchewan is under a state of emergency after a fire burned down its water treatment plant and left citizens without drinking water.

Homes near the plant were evacuated as the fire spread, but no one was hurt in the incident.

“Despite the drastic impacts that are coming with the recent deaths and now the loss of our water treatment facility, we have strong people that come together, that support one and other,” Councillor Shawn Spencer tells CKOM News. “We treat each and every one like family and we are family.”

Another water treatment plant fire recently was reported in Middletown, Connecticut. That plant supplies more than 80 percent of the city’s water, but crisis was averted as firefighters were able to put out the blaze and keep water service running.

“We believe that the fire was caused by high winds blowing a piece of the roof onto an electrical or HVAC unit, but we will determine the cause definitively as the fire marshals investigate,” Mayor Dan Drew wrote on Facebook.

Actor Jaden Smith's Foundation Helps Bring Clean Water to Flint

A foundation run by Jaden Smith, son of actor Will Smith, is working with a church to bring cleaner water to Flint, Michigan, by using a mobile water treatment system.

Smith’s company, JUST Water, is using the system he calls The Water Box to filter out lead and other contaminants before distributing the water to residents.

A free bottled water program was canceled in Flint in 2018 under Gov. Rick Snyder’s leadership. While newly appointed Gov. Gretchen Whitmer plans to reinstate the program, bottle donations to the city have declined, prompting Smith and his company to get involved.

California to Consider Wastewater Recycling Bill

California is considering a number of laws in its current legislative session, including one on wastewater recycling.

The bill is proposed by Sen. Robert Hertzberg of Van Nuys, and it would promote the reuse of wastewater and calls for treatment plants to reduce their ocean discharge by 50 percent by 2030 and by 95 percent by 2040.

Click here for a look at the proposal. 


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