News Briefs: State of Maryland Sues Baltimore Over Wastewater Discharges

Also in this week's water and wastewater news, the U.S. EPA announces new WIFIA loans totaling $688 million

The state of Maryland has filed a lawsuit against the City of Baltimore because of untreated wastewater discharges into the Chesapeake Bay by two treatment facilities.

The lawsuit lists 19 permit violations between the two plants, according to Maryland Matters.

“Our top enforcement priority is getting the city’s world-class treatment plants back into compliance immediately so we stay on track with the 2025 Chesapeake Bay restoration goal,” Maryland Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles said in a statement, according to the newspaper.

EPA Announces New WIFIA Loans Totaling $688 Million

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced new Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act loans totaling $688 million to help finance water infrastructure projects in Baltimore, Maryland; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and the San Francisco Bay area.

In the first year of the Biden-Harris administration, EPA closed 29 WIFIA loans that are investing over $5 billion in communities across the country to protect public health and the environment while creating over 36,000 jobs.

“In my first year as EPA Administrator, I have visited communities from coast to coast. I’ve seen aging infrastructure that communities count on for clean and safe water. I’ve seen the harm that is caused when water systems fail, and I’ve seen the revitalization that comes with new investment,” says EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan.

Co-Flow Process to Co-Locate Data Centers With WWTPs

Tomorrow Water — an environmental solutions provider — has signed an agreement to collaborate with Arcadis to evaluate and develop Co-Flow, Tomorrow Water’s process for sustainably co-locating data centers with wastewater treatment plants.

Co-Flow integrates a wastewater treatment plant and a data center on a single plot of land, linking the energy and fluid streams of both facilities to improve sustainability and economics. Process intensification coupled with an innovative water-cooling concept results in compact footprints, reduced potable water use, energy and life cycle costs while creating an attractive and sustainable solution for data centers, especially in water stressed areas. The technology also enables data centers to be built on top of the existing treatment infrastructure, further reducing the footprint required for the new data centers.


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