News Briefs: Water ​Utility Staff Relocates After Pipe Break Floods Office

Also in this week's sewer and water news, a 28-year-old worker is dead after a fall from a water tower

More than 50 staff members from the Dublin (California) San Ramon Services District are relocating to regional wastewater treatment facility in Pleasanton after flooding shut down the water utility’s office building on Dublin Blvd.

Leaking water from a broken pipe underground flooded the building with an inch of water and mud, district officials are saying. The line that broke transmits water for a fire protection system.

The building is deemed unsafe without fire protection in the meantime, and district officials decided to relocate the staff for between one and three months. The water district serves 186,000 people.

Worker Dies After Fall From Water Tower

A 28-year-old woman recently died after falling 100 feet from a water tower in McLeansville, North Carolina, while performing her duties as a member of the Greensboro Department of Water Resources.

A 911 caller reported that Sheria Stringer hadn’t fallen all the way to the ground. “We were doing a climb and something happened to her harness,” the caller said, according to News & Record. “She came down the ladder. I don’t know how far, but she’s still on the ladder — still hanging.”

The tower is 210 feet tall and is owned by the city of Greensboro. Stringer was a member of the engineering division of the water department and it’s unknown why she was climbing the tower.

Montana Men Sentenced for Pretreatment Violations

Meanwhile, two men in Bozeman, Montana, were sentenced in a U.S. District Court to five years of probation after violating the city’s wastewater pretreatment program by discharging lead-contaminated wastewater into the public sewer system.

The men operate a company called USA Brass that cleans and recycles used ammunition casings.

A special agent working the case says one of the defendants falsified information to get permission for the discharges and jeopardized public health and safety.


Comments on this site are submitted by users and are not endorsed by nor do they reflect the views or opinions of COLE Publishing, Inc. Comments are moderated before being posted.