News Briefs: Teen Invents Microplastic Removal Technique

Also in this week's water and wastewater news, an explosion injures three workers at a water treatment plant in Stamford, Connecticut

An Irish teenager has come up with an idea to remove microplastic pollution from the world’s waterways as part of the Google Science Fair.

The 18-year-old Fionn Ferreira discovered a method using a combination of iron oxide and oil in the water, and then cleaning it up with strong magnets. He found that the magnets removed 85% to 92% of the microplastics in the water along with the iron oxide and oil solution.

Ferreira won the fair’s grand prize for his project, securing a $50,000 scholarship.

Treatment Plant Explosion Injures Three Workers

An explosion at a water treatment plant in Stamford, Connecticut, has injured three workers, according to multiple reports. First responders say the injuries sustained in the blast were minor.

Plant officials theorize it may have been a dust explosion in the plant’s polycyclone dryer unit.

It’s still unknown what may have caused the dust explosion to occur, but the incident is beirng investigated by the Fire Marshal’s office. Meanwhile, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration was informed about the explosion.

Pennsylvania to See $136 Million Investment in 17 Water/Wastewater Projects

Gov. Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania has announced the investment of $136 million for 17 drinking water, wastewater, stormwater and nonpoint source projects across 17 counties through the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST).

“The approvals for these water quality infrastructure projects are an important component of our support for clean water in Pennsylvania,” says Wolf. “The funding provided by PENNVEST delivers the financial backing necessary for communities to make improvements that ensure potable drinking water, adequate wastewater treatment, and stormwater management facilities improve our quality of life and strengthen our communities.”


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