News Briefs: Two City Workers Hospitalized After Lift Station Rescue in Kentucky

Also in this week's sewer and water news, DC Water announces the success of its first green infrastructure projects using the Environmental Impact Bond

According to MSN News, two city workers in Lebanon, Kentucky, were recently hospitalized after being rescued from a lift station.

Emergency crews were called to a lift station, where the two men were found unconscious approximately 15 feet down at the bottom of the station. A firefighter using a self-contained breathing apparatus was lowered down to rescue the workers using a rope and harness.

The men were treated at the scene by Marion County EMS, and one employee was thereafter airlifted to a hospital in Lexington. The other man was taken to Spring View Hospital before being transferred to UofL Hospital, according to MSN.

Midwest Utilities Ask Customers to Conserve Water During Dry Spell

While record-breaking drought continues in the Southwest, utilities in the Midwest are also asking customers to conserve water during a summer dry spell.

Madison (Wisconsin) Water Utility and Des Moines (Iowa) Water Works are asking residents to conserve water.

In Madison, a combination of dry, hot weather along with a number of out-of-service wells has prompted the utility to announce voluntary restrictions. In Des Moines, it’s a combination of drought, heat and very high demand for water motivating the request.

DC Water Announces Success of Green Infrastructure Projects

DC Water has announced the success of both its first green infrastructure projects in Rock Creek and the innovative Environmental Impact Bond that financed them. The intent of the projects and robust evaluation of project outcomes was to establish the effectiveness of green infrastructure in the district and reduce combined sewer and stormwater runoff into Rock Creek, improving the health of waterways in Washington D.C.

These projects achieved the goals set in 2016, reducing runoff into Rock Creek by nearly 20%. DC Water’s prediction, measurement and reporting of the outcomes is a signature component of the EIB, the first issuance of its kind in the country. The information gained through performance monitoring resulted in optimizations that will ensure a future for green infrastructure at DC Water.

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