News Briefs: Delaware WWTP Experiences Weeks of Malfunctions, Discharges

Also in this week's water and wastewater news, a chemical mishap at a West Virginia wastewater treatment plant causes an evacuation order for nearby residents

The Lewes (Delaware) Wastewater Treatment Plant so far has replaced two of its filter units after a plant malfunction led to nearly 5 million gallons of partially treated effluent to spill into a nearby marsh.

The city’s plant had been compromised for more than two weeks and experienced two separate malfunctions.

Most recently, Lewes Board of Public Works President D. Preston Lee announced an investigation into the plant’s failure.

“The BPW board is deeply troubled by the recent failure at the American Legion Road facility,” Lee said in a statement, according to the Cape Gazette. “We are devoting our full efforts to assure that we identify the problem. This will include a thorough review and on-site inspections of all equipment, operational records and procedures by our staff, the plant’s design engineers, the equipment manufacturer’s technical support experts and (the plant’s operators).”

New York Governor Announces Funding for Lake George Collections System

The village of Lake George will receive $9.4 million from the state as an investment into the village’s wastewater collections system. The plan was announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as part of his 2020 State of the State agenda.

The funding will be given in addition to a $3 million Water Infrastructure Improvement Act grant and a Department of Environmental Conservation grant of $2.5 million.

“Lake George is a crown jewel of New York’s many beautiful lakes and waterways,” says Cuomo. “This critical water infrastructure project will both ensure the continued health of the lake’s pristine waters and further economic growth throughout the region. New York is leading the way in protecting water quality, which is why the state is investing a historic $3 billion dollars to help municipalities address these challenges head-on.”

Construction is set to begin with treatment plant upgrades in August.

Chemical Mishap Causes Evacuation in West Virginia

According to a recent report by Associated Press, an accidental chemical mixture during a tanker offload was responsible for evacuating a half-mile area surrounding a wastewater treatment plant in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

Officials and workers were able to remedy the accident, and residents were able to return to their homes.

More than 150 people took temporary shelter at a local school while the evacuation was in place, and two people were hospitalized in connection with the incident.


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