News Briefs: WWTP Shuts Down During California Power Outages

Also in this week's water and wastewater news, a new study claims 2 million Americans are living without running water, indoor plumbing or wastewater treatment services

A wastewater treatment plant in Mendocino City, California, was forced to shut down operations for several hours in October during planned power outages by Pacific Gas & Electric meant to reduce the risk of wildfires.

The plant wasn’t able to get its diesel fuel delivery and operations ceased. Plant Superintendent Mike Kelley tells Fort Bragg Advocate-News that they were lucky the facility didn’t see any overflows, as usage was low at the time.

Some members Mendocino City Community Services District board weren’t happy with relying on luck. “We should never be in a position where we have to shut the plant down,” board President Roger Schwartz tells the newspaper.

New York to Provide $43 Million for 31 Resiliency Projects

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced the state is providing $43 million to advance 31 projects in Oswego and Cayuga counties as part of the first round of funding under the Lake Ontario Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative.

Governor Cuomo launched REDI in May to increase the resilience of shoreline communities and bolster economic development in the region. The announcement marks a major milestone in the REDI effort. Identified by the communities and evaluated by state agency experts, the projects address both immediate and long-term resiliency needs, enhance economic development, protect critical infrastructure, incorporate green, natural or nature-based features, and aim to help sustainably rebuild and enhance communities along the Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River shorelines.

“Two of the last three years have brought record-setting high water levels along the shorelines of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, damaging homes and infrastructure and dealing an economic blow to communities in these areas,” says Cuomo in a statement. “Trying times call for innovative solutions, and that's why I directed 11 New York State agencies to mobilize their expertise and develop a suite of actions, with community input, that will create long-term sustainability. These critical projects will serve as the crucial next step in helping these shoreline communities achieve sustainability, resiliency, and economic vibrancy.”

Study Claims 2 Million Americans Live Without Running Water

A recent study by DigDeep and US Water Alliance claims more than 2 million Americans are living without running water, indoor plumbing or wastewater treatment services.

The report says families in West Virginia, Alabama, Texas and the Navajo Reservation in the southwestern U.S. drive for hours to pick up tap water, drink from streams or prevent children from playing outside due to open-air sewage.

“Access to clean, reliable running water and safe sanitation are baseline conditions for health, prosperity, and well-being,” DigDeep CEO George McGraw and US Water Alliance CEO Radhika Fox say in a statement in the report. “However, they remain out of reach for some of the most vulnerable people in the United States.”



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