News Briefs: Ohio Sets Up Wastewater Monitoring Network for COVID-19

Also in this week's water and wastewater news, a company based out of Houston will build a pipeline system for wastewater reuse in West Texas and New Mexico

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine recently announced that state and federal officials have set up a COVID-19 monitoring network in 22 cities throughout Ohio.

Researchers will examine wastewater samples from the 22 cities in an effort to get an early warning about potential outbreaks.

The network is the result of collaboration between the Ohio Department of Public Health, state and federal environmental protection agencies, and a number of state universities.

Wastewater Reuse Pipeline Planned in Southwest

A Houston-based company has announced its intention to build a pipeline system to deliver wastewater purchased from the city of Lubbock, Texas, to customers in West Texas and New Mexico as part of a reuse plan to conserve water.

The company, Palisade Pipeline, says its finalizing agreements in plans to deliver wastewater to industrial customers in the drought-prone region. Construction is set to begin next year, and the project should be completed by late 2021 or early 2022.

Painting With Bacteria Could Advance Wastewater Treatment

Improvements to a new type of water-based paint containing bacteria could pave the way for advancements in waste management and the production of biomass or biofuel gasses, a new study in the American Chemical Society journal, Biomacromolecules reports.

Researchers from the University of Surrey investigated and improved the properties of biocoatings, which consist of a polymeric layer that encapsulate bacteria. When inside the coating, the bacteria do not grow or divide, but they can still perform useful functions, such as absorbing toxins or carbon dioxide.

Although other researchers have previously manufactured biocoatings, the bacteria did not stay alive for long, which limited their use. It is necessary for biocoatings to have a permeable structure to allow water and nutrients to enter and keep the bacteria alive, and to allow byproducts to escape.

More information about the water-based paint is available here.


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