There’s no shortage of industry news for our friends in the wastewater treatment facility segment. Some is simply informative, while at least one story is downright scary. Let’s get that one out of the way first:
Deadly Sludge Flood Accident in Texas
Two workers—Carlos Ramos, 34, and John Barrow, 40—were killed by a flood of sludge at an El Paso, Texas, treatment plant on October 22. While just the thought is chilling,
this unfortunate accident will be certain to have ramifications for the industry. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is currently investigating the death of the two Cubic Water LLC employees after an incident at the Roberto R. Bustamante Wastewater Treatment Plant. Learn more…
Four Signs Your Plant Needs An Upgrade
Water Online has a good summary roundup http://www.wateronline.com/doc/signs-you-are-ready-to-upgrade-your-wastewater-treatment-plant-0001 of the four general indicators of need for a treatment plant upgrade. It’s a meaty overview of issues many in the industry are facing with the aging of their facilities, containing useful information to help you get your hands around understanding your challenges and formulating possible next steps.
New Jersey Gets $74M For Water Infrastructure Projects
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $74 million to the state of New Jersey to help finance improvements to water projects essential to protecting public health and the environment. The funds will primarily be used to upgrade sewage treatment plants and drinking water systems throughout the state. This funding, awarded annually, is in addition to the $229 million the Garden State received recently for Hurricane Sandy resiliency projects. Get more information http://water.epa.gov/grants_funding/cwsrf/cwsrf_index.cfm on the Clean Water State Revolving Fund program.