Chlorine leak causes scare in suburban Birmingham
PELHAM, Ala. (AP) — Authorities have asked residents to stay inside after a chlorine leak was discovered near homes and businesses in suburban Birmingham.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Researchers say toxin producing algae have formed in northern Ohio's Sandusky Bay and are migrating into Lake Erie near Cedar Point, a signal the lake's western basin could see...
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Uncollected thrash is piling up on the streets of the southern Bosnian city of Mostar — one of the Balkan nation's main tourist destinations — since residents...
QUINHAGAK, Alaska (AP) — Accelerating erosion is forcing villages in western Alaska to begin making plans to move, officials said.
Erosion caused by climate change threatens village...
BETHEL HEIGHTS, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality has suggested two possible solutions to the waste water woes in the city — connect to another wastewater treatment...
DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit-based drinking water and wastewater treatment service provider says it has surpassed a federal and state regulators' goal for cutting phosphorus levels.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A bill that would stiffen penalties for those who damage or trespass around oil and gas operations is advancing through the Texas Legislature.
Iowa town struggling to recover from flooding
HAMBURG, Iowa (AP) — The southwest Iowa town of Hamburg is facing a long list of challenges as it works to recover from this spring's flooding, and the lack of federal disaster aid is making...
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin says more than $4 million is coming to a West Virginia county to improve its aging water treatment infrastructure.
Aging workforce hits water plants especially hard
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — Behind every toilet flush and faucet turn that draws on a public water system, there's an entire industry making sure the water meets certain standards.
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — The former owner of a West Virginia water treatment plant has admitted to discharging untreated sewage into the Potomac River.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Wastewater treatment plants across Maine are working quickly to meet a deadline to begin testing municipal sludge for so-called forever chemicals.
EPA: No known toxic releases at flooded Superfund sites
MEAD, Neb. (AP) — Flooding in the Midwest temporarily cut off a Superfund site in Nebraska that stores radioactive waste and explosives, inundated another one storing toxic chemical waste in...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson declared a state of emergency Thursday following flooding that left several people stranded and continues to cause damage and strain levees in...
Montana mine begins removing copper from toxic water
BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A western Montana mining project has begun treating the site's toxic water to remove copper.
The Montana Standard reported Tuesday that the water treatment by the Montana...
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New Mexico officials have told some municipal drinking water systems to stop using water from two rivers...
Weather pushes back project to treat Berkeley Pit water
BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Last month's harsh winter weather has delayed a pilot project that aims to stop the rise of toxic water in Butte's Berkeley Pit.
Alabama chemical spill sends dozens to hospitals
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — More than 50 people were sent to hospitals around Birmingham, Alabama, following a chemical spill at a water treatment plant.
Mississippi capital city’s sewage problems continue
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's capital city continues to struggle to meet terms of an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency on sewage problems.
The Clarion Ledger reports Jackson officials are scheduled to meet with the EPA soon to discuss problems that led to close federal monitoring.
Georgia county: Polluted water spilled into Allatoona Lake
MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia county says millions of gallons of polluted water spilled into Allatoona Lake.
Cobb County said in a statement Tuesday that the polluted water spilled into Allatoona Lake over the weekend due to a failure at Cobb County Marietta Water Authority's Wycoff Water Treatment Plant.
Treatment pump fails, spills sewage into Chattahoochee River
MABLETON, Ga. (AP) — Officials in an Atlanta suburb say sewage has been flowing into one of the Chattahoochee River's main tributaries after a pump failed at a water treatment plant.
Cobb County spokesman Ross Cavitt tells news outlets that county drinking water is safe despite the untreated wastewater that has been flowing into Nickajack Creek since New Year's Eve. Cavitt says it isn't clear how much untreated waste and stormwater has entered the river or when it will be stopped.
EPA approves nearly $21M in Nevada water grants
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded nearly $21 million in grants for drinking and wastewater infrastructure improvements in Nevada, including upgrading 87,000 water meters to boost efficiency in North Las Vegas.
The grants announced Monday include nearly $8 million to expand a wastewater treatment facility in Douglas County and build a water treatment wetlands facility for Hawthorne and the neighboring Army Ammunition Depot.
Man dies after crane collapse in southeast Kansas
FREDONIA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a man has died after a crane collapsed at a construction site in southeast Kansas.
Wilson County Sheriff Pete Figgin says deputies were called Friday to the site south of Fredonia, where a Fredonia Water Treatment Plant is under construction.
Figgin says officers found two adult men injured at the site. One man died and the other was treated for minor injuries.
4 UW Hospital patients diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Officials at UW Hospital say four hospital patients have developed Legionnaires' disease.
The patients tested positive for the disease in the past 10 days. The hospital is conducting tests to determine if the bacterium is related to the hospital's water system.
Porous paving options catch on, one driveway at a time
One driveway at a time, many green-minded homeowners and communities are opting for permeable paving options instead of traditional asphalt.
"It's much better for the environment because it helps cut down on storm runoff, which picks up motor oil and other pollutants, overburdens water treatment facilities, and can ultimately end up in local waterways," says Margaret Mayfield, an architect in Los Osos, California.
How Tidal Vision grew a corporation out of crab shells
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Standing outside a boutique seafood processor in Juneau on a sunny September afternoon, Zach Wilkenson held a handful of what looked like pulverized corn flakes.
Wilkinson said he always knew there was potential in the palm of his hand. But doing it the right way — extracting a widely-used chemical from crab shells without producing toxic waste — that was the real trick.
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Man’s body found at southern Indiana water treatment plant
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Police say the body of a man had been found in an oxidation ditch at a southern Indiana wastewater treatment plant.
Jeffersonville police Sgt. Isaac Parker says employees at the city treatment plant found the body Wednesday morning.
Jeffersonville city officials say all of their employees have been accounted for.
Work begins on Berkeley Pit water treatment plant
BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Atlantic Richfield says the company has begun construction on a water treatment plant for the Berkeley Pit in Butte.
The plan calls for the acidic, metal laden water filling the former open pit copper mine to be treated in four steps and discharged into Silver Bow Creek as early as January.
Hazmat crews clean up chlorine spill in south-central Iowa
CUMMING, Iowa (AP) — Hazardous material crews are cleaning up after hundreds of gallons of liquid chlorine spilled into a water holding facility at Maffitt Reservoir in south-central Iowa.
Water utility seeks rate hike for $542M in infrastructure
GREENWOOD, Ind. (AP) — Indiana American Water has requested a nearly 17 percent rate increase to help pay for more than $542 million of infrastructure investments.
The recent request to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission says it would increase a residential customer's bill about $5.60 a month for a consumer using 4,000 gallons (15,142 liters) of water per month by July 2020.
The Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, which is Indiana's state consumer advocate, will review the request.
Chicago explosion, roof collapse caused by worker’s torch
CHICAGO (AP) — Fire Department officials say an explosion that injured 10 people at a Chicago water treatment plant was caused by a worker using a torch near a "significant amount" of methane gas.
The Office of Fire Investigation said Friday that the gas ignited and the explosion lifted the roof on the one-story brick building, causing a section of the roof to collapse.
Sheriff’s office: Men break into Telluride water facility
DENVER (AP) — Authorities say a group of men has repeatedly broken into a water treatment facility in a Colorado mountain town to dip in its fenced-off pond.
KMGH-TV reports the San Miguel County Sheriff's Office is asking Telluride-area residents to report any suspicious activity near the town's water facility.
Sioux Falls mayor proposes $260M for sewer system upgrades
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sioux Falls officials are preparing to make the largest infrastructure investment in the city's history to meet the demand being put on the sewer system from population growth.
LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) — Larimer County commissioners implored officials from the fast-growing Denver suburb of Thornton to work with county residents to find an alternative for the proposed water pipeline project.
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — The city of Port Angeles has sued the federal government to stop the planned transfer to the city of water treatment facilities built as part of a $325 million project to remove two massive dams on the Elwha River.
The Daily News says the lawsuit alleges the federal government didn't meet its obligations to protect the city's water right and water supply.
Toxic chemicals found at N Carolina water plant
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina city has stopped pumping water from a water treatment plant after finding high levels of toxic chemicals, perhaps from firefighting foam.
The Greensboro News & Record reports additional water samples were taken for testing Monday from the Greensboro Mitchell Water Treatment Plant.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University is moving forward on plans to upgrade its campus water system infrastructure.
The East Lansing school recently announced it's building a new water treatment plant and storage tank to double its water storage capacity and improve the quality of water. The new plant will filter 6 million gallons (23 million liters) of water daily.
Construction on the $21 million project is expected to wrap up in 2020.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state will invest $20 million in a major overhaul of the sewage treatment plant in Binghamton.
The facility was badly damaged by floods from Tropical Storm Lee and other weather events in 2011.
The plant serves customers in Binghamton, Johnson City and parts of other nearby communities. The work will entail repairs as well as upgrades intended to protect the facility from damage from future storms.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say two workers have been hurt at a Kansas City water treatment facility.
KMBC-TV reports that the workers at KC Water's Water Treatment Plant were rushed to a hospital Sunday morning after coming into contact with slurry of lime, which is used to soften the water. A KC Water official says the workers suffered chemical burns.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Port of Olympia will receive a $250,000 payout for a hydrogen peroxide spill at the port's marine terminal in 2015.
The Olympian reports the port commission agreed to the settlement Monday from Herrera Environmental, which completed the design of the hydrogen peroxide system connected to the port's storm water treatment facility.
Salem now pre-treating water after algae scare
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Salem's drinking water advisory is over and the city is taking steps to try to prevent future advisories that warned that the young and sick shouldn't use area tap water.
The first advisory was issued after the city learned toxins linked to an algae bloom were detected in Salem's drinking water.
AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. (AP) — Officials in the Spokane suburb of Airway Heights say a new temporary water treatment system will be operating later this summer.
The city has been working to find clean water sources since tests by nearby Fairchild Air Force Base last year found groundwater tainted with two industrial chemicals used for years in firefighting foam and other consumer products. The city went without drinkable tap water for more than 20 days.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Jim Justice says more than $6.6 million in grants will provide backup power generators for water and wastewater treatment plants and systems in nine West Virginia counties.
Justice announced the funds Thursday in response to the 2016 floods that killed 23 people statewide and ravaged homes, businesses, schools and infrastructure.
DETROIT (AP) — Wayne State University in Detroit says the bacteria that causes Legionnaires' disease has been identified in cooling towers on three campus buildings and in bathrooms at three other buildings.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Voters in Pierre have approved a $37 million water treatment plant.
Nearly three-fourths of voters in Tuesday's election were in favor of the project.
The proposal resulted from a study of Pierre's water system. The City Commission in February decided to put the matter to a public vote. Mayor Steve Harding called it a "quality of life" issue.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in north-central Iowa say the body of a missing kayaker has been found in the Des Moines River.
Fort Dodge Fire Chief Steve Hergenreter told The Messenger on Thursday afternoon that family members had located the remains of 26-year-old Alex Dencklau, of Clare, in the river south of the Fort Dodge Water Treatment Plant.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah County has approved $150 million in tax incentives to try to lure an unnamed company to build a data center near Eagle Mountain in between a mink farm and a water treatment plan.
The county commission voted Tuesday to approve property tax incentives for the 500-acre (202-hectacre) area at the southern end of Pony Express Parkway, The Salt Lake Tribune reported .
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — A northwestern Nevada county has issued a boil water notice for the Cave Rock area and other nearby communities.
Douglas County Public Works says the order is due to a computer crash at the Cave Rock water treatment plant and there is no change in the quality of water.
Melissa Blosser, the county's public information officer, says the error occurred and was detected on Wednesday.
The order is in effect in Cave Rock, Skyland, Uppaway Estates and Zephyr Cove.