News Briefs: Body Found at DC Water Pumping Station

Also in this week's sewer and water news, Minnesota faces a water/wastewater infrastructure funding crisis; and Montreal, Quebec, commits to significant water system upgrades over the next few years

News Briefs: Body Found at DC Water Pumping Station

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A worker in Washington, D.C. found a man’s body while checking a sewer trap at a pumping station in the early morning hours of May 15.

DC Water says workers are regularly cleaning sewer traps, emphasizing to the public that the body was found in the wastewater system, not the drinking water system.

It’s being speculated that some heavy rains may have pushed the body into the sewer trap. An investigation is ongoing.

Source: FOX 5 News

A resident of Troy, Missouri, is complaining about neighborhood sewage filling his basement every time a storm comes into the city. He says it has happened about eight times, and his family has to gut the basement and start over every time it does at a cost of about $100,000.

The man claims a lift station down the street is causing the problem and that the city isn't taking responsibility for it.

5 On Your Side News talked to the city mayor, however, who says he’s taking the issue seriously, admitting that the city had to repair the lift station in question.

CBC News reports that Montreal, Quebec, is working on fixing its aging infrastructure, as a third of the city’s water is lost due to leaks and breaks in old pipes.

Officials are saying the latest effort to upgrade the city’s water infrastructure marks the first time since the 1976 Olympic Games that such a project has been undertaken in Montreal.

Workers on a site on Laurier Avenue say they recently found a pipe dating back to 1895. 

This year, $538 million was set aside for water projects, with similar amounts set aside for the next three years.

In other news, MinnPost reports that around 300 small cities throughout Minnesota are facing water and wastewater funding crises, as treatment plants and other infrastructure are in serious need of upgrades.

Although a bill for $167 million in funding has bipartisan support in the state, some are saying it’s not nearly enough money. For instance, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency estimates there could be $5 billion in wastewater treatment improvements needed statewide over the next 20 years.


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