News Briefs: Man Wakes Up Stuck in Drainage Pipe, Gets Rescued

Also in this week's sewer and water news, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is claiming that San Francisco's homeless camps are violating the Clean Water Act

A 40-year-old man who fell asleep ended up stuck in a 12-inch drainage pipe under a busy overpass in Salt Lake City. He’d been stuck in the pipe for about four hours when rescuers pulled him out.

It’s unclear whether he fell asleep inside the pipe or if he slid down into the pipe while sleeping, but when he woke up, we realized he was stuck and started yelling for help. Passerby heard the screams and called first responders.

The man had no injuries and was fine other than minor dehydration. Rescuers say they rarely pull people from confined spaces like that still alive, as low oxygen and toxic gases easily overcome those who are trapped inside.

EPA Claims San Francisco Homeless Camps Violate Clean Water Act

In part of an ongoing partisan battle between President Donald Trump and the state of California, the president’s administration recently claimed human waste from homeless camps in San Francisco is violating the Clean Water Act.

In a letter from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler to California Gov. Gavin Newsom, the EPA claims that “piles of human feces” on the streets are contaminating city waters.

Water experts like Steve Fleischli, senior director of water initiatives at the Natural Resources Defense Council, say that the EPA isn’t backing up its claims. “No self-respecting EPA scientist or regulatory staffer is going to claim there’s a direct connection between the homeless and the issues raised in that letter,” he tells Curbed San Francisco.

Read more about the highly publicized argument here.

Distribution Malfunction Triggers Boil-Water Advisory for Five Communities

A malfunction related to the City of Trenton, New Jersey’s distribution system triggered a boil-water advisory for the residents of Trenton, Hamilton, Ewing, Hopewell and Lawrence.

The malfunction resulted in low chlorination levels and inadequate disinfection.

A spokesperson from the mayor’s office tells that the issue was addressed within minutes.

“The system worked as it is supposed to. There was an equipment malfunction and TWW detected lower than usual levels of chlorine in the water during the early morning.”


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