News Briefs: Texas Firefighters Rescue Dog From Treatment Plant Canal

Also in this week's water and wastewater news, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announces $255 million in grants for water infrastructure projects via three state programs

Firefighters in El Paso, Texas, recently rescued a dog that was fighting for survival while it swam in a canal at the Jonathan Rogers Water Treatment Plant.

The dog was pulled from the water uninjured and was taken to El Paso Animal Services, according to KVIA News, which had footage of the rescue, shown below.

AWWA Awards 5 Under 35 — Outstanding Young Professional Award

The American Water Works Association recently recognized the five recipients of its 5 Under 35 – Outstanding Young Professional Award at the Opening General Session of its Annual Conference in Exposition (ACE22) in San Antonio, Texas.

The award, which debuted last year, recognizes and honors young professional AWWA members who have demonstrated outstanding service to their sections or the association through leadership and active participation in young professional programs.

The 2022 award winners were:

• Chelsea Boozer of Central Arkansas Water; Southwest Section

• Ashley Evans of Arcadis; Texas Section

• Lauren Schuld of Baxter & Woodman Consulting Engineers; Illinois Section

• Renee Lanza of Woodard & Curran; New England Section

• Tom Woodcock of R.V. Anderson Associates Limited; Ontario Section

The award recognizes young AWWA members who actively pursue their advancement in the water sector through engagement in student and young professional events and activities and by representing students and young professionals’ interests throughout AWWA. The individual must be an AWWA member and under 35 years of age when nominated.

New York Makes $255 Million Available for Sewer/Water Projects

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has announced the availability of $255 million in state grants for critical water infrastructure projects that aim to protect public health and the environment through the state’s Water Infrastructure Improvement, Intermunicipal Grant, and State Septic System Replacement programs.

This infusion of public funds will continue to help make water infrastructure investments more affordable for local governments and create jobs in the manufacturing, engineering, construction, plant operations and related industry sectors. The announcement was made in Suffolk County where $20 million from the state’s Septic Replacement Program will help address more than 2,000 substandard or failing septic systems and cesspools that cause significant water quality impairments.

“New York will continue to prioritize resources for projects that provide reliable, clean water for communities across the state while creating good-paying jobs and spurring economic development,” Hochul says.


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