News Briefs: WWTP Explosion Kills 4 Workers in England

Also in this week's water and wastewater news, a battle between residents and wastewater treatment operations in Central Texas has spurred a potential lawsuit

A Dec. 3 explosion at a wastewater treatment facility in Avonmouth, England, killed four individuals, including two employees of Wessex Water, one contractor, and a 16-year-old apprentice working at Wessex Water.

The explosion occurred in a silo holding treated biosolids, according to BBC News.

Firefighters say they arrived to a challenging scene and had to use search and rescue dogs to find casualties after the explosion.

Central Texas Residents Threaten Lawsuit Over Effluent Quality

A battle between residents and wastewater treatment operations in Central Texas has spurred a potential lawsuit, according to KVUE News.

Regional population growth and subsequent development has caused an increase in treated effluent discharges. It’s a standard practice, but area residents are fighting it and, along with help from Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, have filed an intent to file a lawsuit over permit violations.

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

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that it 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 handwashing.

“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.”


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