News Briefs: Man's Body Discovered on WWTP Conveyor Belt

Also in this week's water and wastewater news, workers are sprayed in the face by liquid chlorine during an installation job in Kentucky

Operators at a wastewater treatment plant in Muncie, Indiana, discovered the body of a local 41-year-old man, identified as Michael Donald Coates. The man’s body was found on a conveyor belt inside the plant. According to police, there are three local storm drains and also a filtration system big enough to carry an adult body into the plant.

“We’re guessing he entered (through a manhole) somewhere on the city’s south side,” an officer told the Muncie Star Press.

A recently completed autopsy was inconclusive, but ruled out drowning as a cause of death. The investigation is ongoing.

Employees Sprayed in the Face by Liquid Chlorine During Installation

While contractors at a water treatment plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky, were working on finishing an installation of a new disinfection process replacing chlorine gas with liquid chlorine, a pipeline fitting broke loose and pressurized liquid chlorine sprayed on their faces.

“This is an unfortunate accident that happened at the water treatment plant and unfortunately four contract employees were injured,”

Mark Iverson, the plant’s general manager, tells WBKO News. “There’s nothing to worry with respect to the general public in terms of, it’s all kind of contained by the plant itself.”

Four workers were sent to a hospital after a triage center was used on the scene. All are expected to make a full recovery.

Major Fixes Needed in Flint Before 'Catastrophic Failure'

Among the proposed water infrastructure projects in Flint, Michigan, are improvements to a major pump station that could costs millions of dollars to fix if it fails.

The city’s wastewater control manager, Jeannette Best, tells a failure at the pump station could take out the entire northwest section of the city.

“We’ve arrived at the end of the road where we’re going to have a catastrophic failure if we don’t try to fix some of these major projects,” Public Works Director Rob Bincsik tells


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