News Briefs: City Manager Drinks Effluent on Video to Prove New Plant's Safety

Also in this week's water and wastewater news, a worker in Massachusetts is hospitalized after a chemical spill at a water treatment facility

After some citizens expressed concerns over a new wastewater treatment plant’s proximity to the Blackwater River, a city manager in Milton, Florida, went the extra mile to show citizens how safe the effluent is.

In a video that’s been viewed more than 5,000 times, City Manager Randy Jorgenson can be seen drinking a full glass of treated effluent from the end of the city’s treatment process.

Jorgenson says he’s heard some elected officials talking about how the effluent is good enough to drink, and citizens shouldn’t be worried about it polluting the river, according to the Pensacola News Journal. “Rather than just say it and have people question whether it’s true, I just decided to show them,” he told the newspaper. “It tasted just like water, there were absolutely no ill effects. I filmed that at 11 a.m. and went back to work for the rest of the day.”

See the video below:

Massachusetts Worker Hospitalized After Chemical Spill at Water Plant

An employee was hospitalized after a chemical spill at a water treatment facility in Chicopee, Massachusetts, reports Western Mass News.

The plant’s manager says the employee had been offloading a rail car and was wearing PPE when a corrosive chemical splashed on him. The employee went through a chemical wash before being taken to the hospital. A hazmat team then cleaned up the scene.

EPA Administrator Tours Water Facility to Promote Infrastructure Investment

In other news, EPA Administrator Michael Regan recently visited the Chain of Rocks Water Purification Plant in St. Louis, Missouri, in an event meant to highlight the nation’s need for federal investments into infrastructure.

“We want to continue to ensure that these facilities provide good quality drinking water,” Regan said, according to Fox 2 Now. “We want to also strengthen the infrastructure to mitigate climate impact, as well as upgrades to be prepared for cyber threats, and also put millions of people to work.”


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