News Briefs: Insufficient Filter Monitoring Blamed for Lewes WWTP Discharges

Also in this week's water and wastewater news, crews in York, Pennsylvania, uncover a 204-year-old water main

A recent report on what went wrong at Lewes (Delaware) Wastewater Treatment Plant back in December lists insufficient monitoring and maintenance of the plant’s filter membrane was a major cause in the discharge of 3.9 million gallons of partially treated wastewater.  

The Lewes Board of Public Works says the plant’s turbidity meter was incorrectly set at the top of the scale and failed to isolate the malfunctioning train, according to WRDE News.

In the December incidents, partially treated wastewater was discharged into the Lewes-Rehoboth canal for over a week during December, and then again for a matter of hours on New Year’s Day.

Workers Uncover 204-Year-Old Water Main

Crews in York, Pennsylvania, recently uncovered a 204-year-old abandoned wooden water main in the city’s Continental Square while they were working to replace an existing main under George Street.

Back in 1816 shortly after York Water Co. was founded, the company installed the wooden main system around a courthouse located in the city square.

According to the York Daily Record, crews thought they’d hit old trolley ties at first when they dug into the wooden main.

Performance Reenacts Water Treatment History in Hamilton, Ontario

A performance troupe of aerialists and stilt walkers known as the Hamilton Aerial Group recently put on a performance reenacting the water treatment history of Hamilton, Ontario, at the city’s fourth annual DeLight Festival.

The interpretive performance showed how industry contaminated the city’s water supply, ultimately leading to a cholera outbreak in the 1850s. It went on to explain how the city’s water treatment system was created and how it has prevented similar outbreaks.

See a part of the performance in a video below shared by The Spec:


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