News Briefs: ​Detroit Residents Must Boil Water for Weeks Following Main Break

Also in this week's water and wastewater news, Cal Fire first responders rescue a road construction worker who fell down an open manhole in Morgan Hill, California

A boil water advisory in Detroit has been extended to three weeks after a break was discovered in a 120-inch main that distributes water to more than 130,000 people.

When the break was initially announced, a boil water advisory was in place for 23 communities with 935,000 residents and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had declared a state of emergency for Lapeer, Macomb, Oakland and St. Clair counties, but the Great Lakes Water Authority later narrowed its advisory area to seven communities.

"I know that adding this week creates further burden on the residents and the businesses of the seven impacted communities," Suzanne Coffey, CEO of the GLWA, said during a press briefing, according to Detroit Free Press. "But I want you to know that we're doing everything that we can, everything in our capabilities to expedite this repair and return the system to fall in normal levels of service."

EPA Announces $79 Million Investment to Protect Columbia River Basin

At a recent event along the Columbia River in Portland, Oregon, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan announced a $79 million investment over five years from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to protect and restore the Columbia River Basin.

The announcement includes up to $6.9 million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Clean Water Act grants to be awarded this year for projects to reduce toxics in fish and water and address climate impacts in communities throughout the Columbia River Basin.

This funding provides EPA the ability to grow the Columbia River Basin Restoration Program and significantly increase competitive grants throughout the basin to reduce toxics. The EPA will be awarding at least 12 grants using Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds in 2022 amounting to $3.8 million. The agency plans to issue additional Requests for Applications using this year’s infrastructure law funding to increase toxics reduction through agricultural best practices, stormwater green infrastructure, pollution prevention, contaminated sites cleanup and community education and engagement.

California Construction Worker Falls 20 Feet Down Manhole

Cal Fire first responders recently rescued a road construction worker who fell down an open manhole in Morgan Hill, California.

The man fell about 20 feet down the manhole and suffered a broken leg, according to KTVU News. He was then transported to a hospital for further assessment.

Meanwhile, KTVB shared footage of the rescue, which you can view below.


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