News Briefs: California Man Facing Prison for Dumping Industrial Waste Into Sewer

Also in this week's sewer and water news, a former water employee in Cartersville, Georgia, is sentenced to 18 months of house arrest for stealing water bill payments

A man in charge of a biodiesel fuel company in San Joaquin County, California, is facing prison time for dumping hundreds of thousands of gallons of wastewater into the City of Stockton’s sewer system.

Authorities allege the man and his brother ran a scheme to illegally dump industrial wastewater into the city sewers, and now they’re facing up to three years in prison and a possible $250,000 fine.

Former Water Worker Sentenced for Stealing Bill Payments

A former employee working for the City of Cartersville, Georgia, water department recently was sentenced to 18 months of house arrest after pleading guilty to 10 counts of theft by deception.

Authorities say Kanneya Delon Brown-Cooley defrauded at least six customers in the spring of 2018.

“Several victims in this case contacted the water department, saying that they would make payments to Mrs. Brown-Cooley, to be applied to their bills,” Cherokee Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney Joshua Wyatt tells The Daily Tribune News. “The payments were never applied to the bills … there was surveillance that showed her putting the money in her pocket, in her purse, different locations.”

The city’s insurance company paid more than $58,000 in restitution to the customers who were defrauded.

Florida Sewer Workers Share Photos of Wipes Clog at WWTP

Sewer workers for Gainesville (Florida) Regional Utilities recently spent 30 hours cleaning up a huge wad of flushable wipes — which they’re calling a “sewage fruitcake” — at its wastewater treatment plant.

GRU is urging its customers not to flush wipes into the sewers and recently shared some images on Facebook:


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