News Briefs: New San Francisco Apartment Building Targeting Water Reuse

Also in this week's water and wastewater news, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has released an Emergency Directive and Activity Alert addressing critical Microsoft vulnerabilities

A new 754-unit luxury apartment building in San Francisco is aiming to reuse some of its wastewater, according to a report by NBC Bay Area.

A company called Epic CleanTec is embarking on a six-month experiment to recycle the building’s wastewater in hopes of inspiring other high-rise buildings to do the same.

“There’s essentially a water reuse revolution happening right now, and it’s starting here in San Francisco,” company owner Aaron Tartakovsky tells the news station.

The filtration system is located in a store room, where it is treated and reused for nonpotable applications. Solids are separated and captured in barrels.

Rain Causes 187 Million Gallon Release Into Flint River    

More than 187 million gallons of partially treated wastewater was discharged into the Michigan’s Flint River thanks to heavy rains, says Mlive.com.

The discharges were disinfected and partially settled and were heavily diluted by the rain and melted snow, according to reports filed by Flint, Saginaw and Bay City with the state Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.

“The wastewater treatment plant was working at upwards of five times its normal flow — processing 77 million gallons through the plant,” City of Flint spokeswoman Marjory Raymer wrote in an email to MLive. “Normal dry weather flow varies between 15 and 20 million gallons per day. The wet weather created the spike in water flows, exceeding the plant’s capacity.”

CISA Releases Alert on Microsoft Vulnerabilities

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has released an Emergency Directive and Activity Alert addressing critical vulnerabilities affecting Windows CryptoAPI, Windows Remote Desktop Gateway (RD Gateway) and Windows Remote Desktop Client. A remote attacker could exploit these vulnerabilities to decrypt, modify or inject data on user connections.

Although Emergency Directive 20-02 applies only to certain executive branch departments and agencies, CISA strongly recommends state and local governments, the private sector and others also patch these critical vulnerabilities as soon as possible. Review the following resources for more information:



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