Latest Wastewater News

Customers would get refunds under settlement of utility case

Nov. 30, 2021 13:13 PM EST

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — A proposed $10 million settlement of a class-action racketeering lawsuit against a water and wastewater utility in Pinal County would provide refunds to customers. A Nov. 19 motion filed on behalf of Johnson Utilities and various co-defendants...

New Mexico oil regulators aim to limit seismic activity

Nov. 29, 2021 16:51 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico oil and gas regulators are watching closely as increased seismic activity is being reported in the Permian Basin along the Texas state line. Under a plan recently rolled out by the New Mexico Oil Conservation Division, pending...

Virginia will test sewage to help predict COVID-19 outbreaks

Nov. 28, 2021 15:56 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Department of Health will be monitoring sewage in various parts of the state in an effort to predict future outbreaks of COVID-19. The Danville Register & Bee reported Saturday that VDH is deploying up to 25 wastewater monitoring...

Hawaii city worker stuck in sewage treatment plant tank dies

Nov. 26, 2021 22:55 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A Honolulu city worker died Friday after being trapped in a tank at a sewage treatment plant, officials said. Firefighters received a 911 call at 10 a.m. requesting “a confined space” rescue at the Honouliuli Wastewater Treatment Plant, the Honolulu...

Coal-fired power plants to close after new wastewater rule

Nov. 22, 2021 10:32 AM EST

Climate change isn’t what’s driving some U.S. coal-fired power plants to shut down. It's the expense of stricter pollution controls on their wastewater. Dozens of plants nationwide plan to stop burning coal this decade to comply with more stringent federal wastewater...

Risk of quakes caused by oil, gas in New Mexico rising

Nov. 21, 2021 11:47 AM EST

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Multiple earthquakes were felt earlier this fall in West Texas, leading regulators in that state to designate a seismic response area and call for less wastewater from oil and gas development to be injected in disposal wells. As more seismic...

TV report: Vegas-area sewage spilled into creek to Lake Mead

Nov. 20, 2021 15:08 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A big southern Nevada sewage pumping facility failed last year, spewing an estimated 500,000 gallons of wastewater and leaking into a creek that leads toward the Lake Mead reservoir on the Colorado River, a television station investigation found. ...

Risk of quakes caused by oil, gas in New Mexico rising

Nov. 20, 2021 11:45 AM EST

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Multiple earthquakes were felt earlier this fall in West Texas, leading regulators in that state to designate a seismic response area and call for less wastewater from oil and gas development to be injected in disposal wells. As more seismic...

Fetus found in wastewater at Mobile treatment plant

Nov. 19, 2021 11:12 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Police say a premature fetus was found Wednesday night at a wastewater treatment facility in Mobile, according to police. A worker with the Mobile Area Water and Sewer System discovered the fetus in a machine that screens wastewater at the...

LSU ends indoor mask mandate for its Baton Rouge campus

Nov. 16, 2021 13:44 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana State University announced Tuesday that it's immediately scrapping its indoor mask mandate and other coronavirus restrictions for on-campus events, as the state sees the lowest COVID-19 hospitalizations and new cases since the earliest days of the pandemic....