News Briefs: Firefighters Rescue Deer From Water Treatment Plant Tank

Also in this week's water and wastewater news, a U.S. EPA official calls treatment plant operators 'silent everyday unsung heroes'

A video recently surfaced showing firefighters in St. Helens, Oregon, rescuing a deer that was trapped in a contact tank at the St. Helens Water Treatment Plant.

The deer had found a small area to stand in the otherwise 25-foot deep tank, according to first responders. The crew built a ramp for the animal using an extension ladder, pallets and rope, according to KGW8 News.

The deer didn’t seem injured as it trotted away after the rescue. Check out the station’s video below:

EPA Official Calls Treatment Plant Operators 'Silent Everyday Unsung Heroes'

A senior official with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently called water treatment plant operators the “silent everyday unsung heroes,” according to  

“We can drop billions of dollars into brick and mortar, but if we don’t have a trained workforce it won’t matter,” says Dave Ross, the EPA’s assistant administrator for water, according to the news site. “Without this sector, we don’t have society as we know it.”

Check out the rest of the article here.

Ohio Water Treatment Plant Holds Clean Water Fest for Thousands of Attendees

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District recently held an open-house tour at the state’s largest water treatment facility — an event called the Clean Water Fest that organizers expected thousands of people to attend.

The event featured more than 70 educational exhibits, a bike tour, food trucks, free ice cream and popcorn, and social media contests throughout the day.

Below is a video the district shared on Facebook the day of the event as they prepared for attendees to begin arriving:


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