News Briefs: Connecticut Utility Enlists Public to Find Mystery Sewage Dumper

Also in this week's sewer and water news, Ohio sets up a wastewater monitoring network to detect COVID-19 in 22 cities

Norwich (Connecticut) Public Utilities is asking the public for help in solving a sewage dumping mystery. Officials say someone has been dumping “a very large amount of raw sewage” into a manhole.

Sewer workers are worried that the highly concentrated sewage could clog equipment and cause backups into the streets of Norwich. Crews have already dealt with having to unclog and repair machinery, according to The Day.

The utility is asking anyone who sees a private wastewater tanker truck discharging into a storm drain or manhole to call them and report it.

Ohio Sets Up COVID-19 Monitoring Network

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine recently announced that state and federal officials have set up a COVID-19 monitoring network in 22 cities throughout Ohio.

Researchers will examine wastewater samples from the 22 cities in an effort to get an early warning about potential outbreaks.

The network is the result of collaboration between the Ohio Department of Public Health, state and federal environmental protection agencies, and a number of state universities.

Texas Company Plans Reuse Pipeline in Southwest

A Houston-based company has announced its intention to build a pipeline system to deliver wastewater purchased from the city of Lubbock, Texas, to customers in West Texas and New Mexico as part of a reuse plan to conserve water.

The company, Palisade Pipeline, says its finalizing agreements in plans to deliver wastewater to industrial customers in the drought-prone region. Construction is set to begin next year, and the project should be completed by late 2021 or early 2022.


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