News Briefs: Extreme Cold Breaks Water Pipes Across Texas

Also in this week's sewer and water news, the Honolulu (Hawaii) City Department of Environmental Services recently won a national award for a children’s book about wastewater

Record-breaking cold weather has overwhelmed power grids and left millions of people without power and heat, which has resulted in a wave of residential pipes that have frozen and burst across Texas.

The unprecedented situation has left phones ringing off the hook and plumbers scrambling to repair broken water pipes. Best Plumbing owner Vince Horvath of Houston, interviewed by the Houston Chronicle, says he expects his company will be booked for two to three solid months. As pipes thaw out, it’s likely even more homeowners will discover problems with water pipes. “We haven’t seen the worst of it yet,” Horvath tells the Houston Chronicle.

City of Honolulu Wins Award for Children's Book About Wastewater 

The Honolulu (Hawaii) City Department of Environmental Services recently won a national award for a children’s book, titled “Anatomy of Wastewater.”

The book teaches children how sewers and wastewater treatment processes are similar to their own digestive systems. The book — which was written, illustrated and published by city staff — won an award for the 2021 National Environmental Achievement in Public Information and Education.

Get a look at the book online here.

Treatment Plant Operator Found Dead in Marion Pond

According to WSILTV News, authorities have identified the body of a city employee who was recently found dead at the Marion (Illinois) Wastewater Treatment Facility.

The employee, identified as plant operator David Williams, had gone missing during his shift. Emergency crews were dispatched and found his remains hours later in a treated water pond.

The incident is under investigation by the Illinois State Police and the Williamson County Coroner’s Office.

The City of Marion thanked first responders and remembered Williams in a public statement. “David was more than just a dedicated employee, and his legacy will continue to be honored through the brotherhood and sisterhood of his co-workers and the enormous impact he had on his community through his Second Baptist Church family. David was the ultimate example of a family man. He dedicated his life to caring for his family, his work family, and building a legacy that will never be forgotten. The City of Marion mourns his tragic loss alongside his family and his coworkers.”


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