News Briefs: Firefighters Treated for Heat Exhaustion After Treatment Plant Blaze

Also in this week's water and wastewater news, the East Bay Municipal Utility District of West Oakland, California, is offering free one-hour virtual tours of its wastewater treatment facility

Two firefighters from Middletown, Connecticut, were treated for heat exhaustion after battling a blaze at the J.S. Roth Water Treatment Plant.

It took the fire department two hours to extinguish the fire, which had ignited after power was lost at the facility and a backup generator overheated after five hours of use and sparked a grass fire.

California Utility Offering Virtual Treatment Plant Tours

The East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) of West Oakland, California, is offering free one-hour virtual tours of its wastewater treatment facility.

Topics covered in the tours include what wastewater is, how it’s treated and career opportunities available at EBMUD.

The virtual tours are scheduled for Aug. 11 and Aug. 13, and they’re hosted through an online meeting platform and presented via PowerPoint.

Other treatment plants that have suspended facility tours due to COVID-19 could consider similar virtual tours. Check out the website here.

California Releases Its Water Resilience Portfolio

California Gov. Gavin Newsom recently released a final version of the Water Resilience Portfolio, the Administration’s blueprint for equipping California to cope with more extreme droughts and floods, rising temperatures, declining fish populations, over-reliance on groundwater and other challenges.

The portfolio outlines 142 state actions to help build a climate-resilient water system in the face of climate change. The actions tie directly to Administration efforts to carry out recent laws regarding safe and affordable drinking water, groundwater sustainability and water-use efficiency. They also elevate priorities to secure voluntary agreements in key watersheds to improve flows and conditions for fish, address air quality and habitat challenges around the Salton Sea and protect the long-term functionality of the State Water Project and other conveyance infrastructure.

“Water is the lifeblood of our state, sustaining communities, wildlife and our economy,” says Newsom. “For more than a year, my Administration has worked to assemble a blueprint to secure this vital and limited resource into the future in a way that builds climate resilience for all communities and sustains native fish and the habitat they need to thrive.”


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