News Briefs: Sizable Amount of Equipment Missing After WWTP Burglary in Missouri

Also in this week's water and wastewater news, a water treatment plant in Virginia is flooded after heavy rainfall

Police are investigating a burglary at a wastewater treatment facility in Iron Mountain Lake, Missouri.

The city’s mayor, Shane French, tells the Daily Journal Online that officials at the facility are still trying to figure out what all the missing property is.

“With the ongoing investigation, we don't have a lot to go on,” says French. “But I do want to say that when we find out who it is, we have full intentions of prosecuting them to the fullest extent of the law.”

French says that while he isn’t sure what the value of the missing equipment is, a considerable amount of equipment was taken.

EPA Announces $20 Million to Improve Drinking Water in Tribal Communities

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will dedicate more than $20 million in infrastructure funding to projects that will improve access to safe drinking water for American Indian and Alaska Native populations.

This funding will significantly boost public health protections for these communities by improving their ability to obtain safe water for drinking, cooking and hand-washing.

“EPA is working to ensure that all Americans — regardless of their zip code — have clean water for drinking and recreation,” says EPA Assistant Administrator for Water David Ross. “EPA’s infrastructure funding will support public health in American Indian and Alaska Native communities by providing needed funding to connect populations to reliable and safe drinking water.”

Water Treatment Plant in Virginia Floods   

In other news, heavy rainfall in Brookneal, Virginia, caused the town’s water treatment plant to flood. According to operator Noah Bomar, after a few hours of heavy rain, the doors and windows of the facility began to crack.

“I heard the big crack and so I got on to the stairs and I got halfway up the stairs and the door caved in on me so I just got out of there in time,” Bomar tells ABC 13 News.

Plant staff are now working on clearing mud and water from the flooded areas of the facility, as they work to get operations back underway.



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