News Briefs: Biosolids Facility Explosion Injures Three Workers

Also in this week's water and wastewater news, a contractor mistake causes a wastewater overflow in Round Rock, Texas

An explosion at a biosolids processing facility in Wooster, Ohio, resulted in the hospitalization of three employees, according to The Daily Record.

The explosion occurred in the digestion unit that processes biosolids for the Secrest Road Quasar Energy Group facility. The injuries to the employees were not life threatening.

Contractor Error Causes Wastewater Overflow in Round Rock

Untreated wastewater discharged into Brushy Creek in Round Rock, Texas, for an indeterminate amount of time after a contractor error led to an overflow.

According to Community Impact Newspaper, the contractor had been working on a line between a preliminary treatment unit and an aeration basin, and the flow to the line was shut off. At that point, wastewater backed up into an interceptor along the creek and caused an overflow during the night.

Yellowstone River Flooding Leads to Water Plant Shutdown in Billings

Flooding on the Yellowstone River forced the public works department of Billings, Montana, to shut down its water plant the night of June 14. As of the next morning, the water level at the plant had reached more than 16 feet.

At that point, the Billings system had enough water to serve its customers for about a day, so it asked citizens to conserve. As the river’s level started falling later that night, the plant started operating in a limited capacity to meet the basic needs of the community. By June 16, it was running at full capacity.


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