News Briefs: Woman Reunited With 30-Year-Old Ring After Sewer Cleaning

Also in this week's sewer and water news, hot weather causes a roadway in downtown Detroit to collapse, breaking a water main and flooding the basement of a high-rise apartment building

A utility worker in Adams County, Ohio, recently reunited a woman with a class ring she’d lost nearly 30 years prior after uncovering it during a sewer main clean-out.

It was the first time in three decades the village of Manchester had cleaned its sewer mains, according to the worker, Brandon Jones. He tells Local TV-12 News that the waste was dropped off at the wastewater treatment plant. “I was just kind of curious of what was all in it. So, I end up looking through there and within about five minutes, the ring popped up.”

Jones says he recognized the name on the ring as another one of the village’s residents, and returned it to her.

Heat Causes Roadway Collapse and Water Main Break in Downtown Detroit

Dozens of residents were without water and one person required help from firefighters to evacuate an elevator after a water main broke in downtown Detroit and flooded the David Stott Building on Griswold Street, Local TV-4 News reports.

Public officials say it was a combination of hot weather and old infrastructure that caused the collapse of a road, which broke the sewer main.

Water then flooded the basement of the David Stott Building, which is a 38-story high-rise apartment building.

DOE Announces $20 Million in Funding for Tech Innovations

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) recently announced a $20 million funding opportunity to develop technology innovations that strengthen America’s water infrastructure and enable advanced water resource recovery systems that have the potential to be net energy positive.

This funding opportunity is part of DOE’s Water Security Grand Challenge, a White House-initiated, DOE-led framework to advance transformational technology and innovation to meet the global need for safe, secure and affordable water.

“Today’s funding opportunity will invest in innovative water technologies and systems that will modernize and increase efficiency of our current water infrastructure,” says Under Secretary of Energy Mark Menezes. “Ensuring reliable, reusable and sustainable water infrastructure is something this Administration is strongly focused on achieving.”


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