News Briefs: Treatment Plant Taken Offline After Main Break in Odessa, Texas

Also in this week's water and wastewater news, the U.S. Defense Department releases new data showing high levels of PFAS in drinking water near a number of its bases

Crews in Odessa, Texas, were scrambling ahead of a heat wave June 15 to repair a major main break that left the entire city without water.

Because the crews were originally unable to locate the source of the break, they had to take the city’s treatment plant offline.

"Because of the critical nature of the loss in pressure, we were compelled to take the plant offline, to begin the repairs that are ongoing as we speak," Odessa Mayor Javier Joven told MSN News.

A boil-water notice was put into effect and disaster declared as 165,000 residents were left without water. Meanwhile, the city was working on distributing bottled water to its residents.

Defense Department Data Shows PFAS Contamination in Water Near Military Bases

The U.S. Defense Department recently released new data that shows high levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water near a number of its bases, according to a report by The Hill.

While it has been understood for some time that PFAS leach into groundwater near military bases due to their use of firefighting foam, this data provides information about how it affects drinking water nearby.

Baltimore Agrees to Reimburse Maryland for Help at Back River WWTP

The City of Baltimore recently agreed to reimburse Maryland for its help with repairs at the Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant and to drop its lawsuit over the state’s intervention.

The consent order was announced the day after a regulator report recorded “systemic problems” plaguing the WWTP, including “failures at nearly every level.”


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