Latest Wastewater News

New Kansas law to make it a crime to trespass at pipelines

Apr. 17, 2021 10:36 AM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A bill signed into law by Kansas Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly will make it a misdemeanor to trespass near oil and gas pipelines. The bill Kelly signed last week gained bipartisan support in the state Senate, but drew criticism from some House...

Florida to close wastewater reservoir with leak history

Apr. 13, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida is moving to permanently close the leaky Piney Point wastewater reservoir that poured millions of gallons of water into Tampa Bay while threatening to burst open and flood nearby homes and businesses, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday. ...

Final settlements inked in poultry plant pollution lawsuits

Apr. 12, 2021 19:50 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge on Monday gave final approval to a $65 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit involving thousands of residents of a southern Delaware community affected by groundwater contamination from a local poultry processing facility. ...

Evacuation order lifted at Florida leaky phosphate reservoir

Apr. 06, 2021 18:23 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A mandatory evacuation order near a leaking Florida wastewater reservoir that affected more than 300 homes and additional businesses was lifted Tuesday as officials said the situation was under control. With the deployment of more than two...

Study: Sewer samples signal pending rise or fall in COVID-19

Apr. 06, 2021 15:01 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno are among the latest to utilize a model that helps predict if confirmed COVID-19 cases in a local community will significantly rise or fall in the week ahead. Scientists say data sampled from sewers and...

Florida dismisses 2nd breach risk at phosphate reservoir

Apr. 06, 2021 10:34 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Engineers and dam safety specialists evaluating the danger of a catastrophic flood from a leaking Florida wastewater reservoir determined that the threat of a possible second breach was “unsubstantiated,” the Florida Department of Environmental Protection...

Florida works to avoid 'catastrophic' pond collapse

Apr. 04, 2021 20:35 PM EDT

PALMETTO, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Sunday that crews are working to prevent the collapse of a large wastewater pond in the Tampa Bay area while evacuating the area to avoid a “catastrophic flood.” Manatee County officials say the latest models show...

Ex-superintendent of Sioux City wastewater plant sentenced

Apr. 04, 2021 12:56 PM EDT

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A former supervisor at Sioux City's wastewater treatment plant has been sentenced to three months in jail and fined $6,000 for his role in the manipulation of water sample test results. Jay Niday, 63, was sentenced Thursday after he pleaded...

Leak at wastewater pond prompts evacuations in Florida

Apr. 03, 2021 20:48 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency Saturday after a significant leak at a large pond of wastewater threatened to flood roads and burst a system that stores polluted waters. Officials in Florida ordered more than 300 homes to be...

Ex-Iowa wastewater plant supervisor sentenced for tampering

Apr. 02, 2021 12:46 PM EDT

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A former Iowa wastewater treatment plant official has been sentenced to three months in federal prison for manipulating water sample test results to ensure plant discharges into the Missouri River met federal requirements. Jay Niday, 63, of...