News Briefs: Michigan Governor Proposes Expansion of Lead Pipe Replacement Plan

Also in this week's sewer and water news, a hiker in Hawaii finds a stream that smells of beer and tests at 1.2% alcohol by volume

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently proposed a $300 million expansion of the MI Clean Water Plan, building on a previously announced $200 million expansion to replace lead service lines statewide by using federal dollars delivered to Michigan under the American Rescue Plan. 

Between these two expansions and previous announcements, the governor has proposed investing $885 million in a comprehensive slate of water plans that would use a combination of state and federal funds to build up water infrastructure in Michigan communities, schools and homes while creating jobs.

“Every Michigander in every community deserves access to safe drinking water, and we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity right now to use the federal dollars we have to put Michiganders first and make lasting investments in our water infrastructure,” says Whitmer. “Together, we can utilize the resources we have to create thousands of good-paying jobs, deliver safe water to every home and kid in school, and shore up our water infrastructure to make it more resilient to extreme weather. I look forward to the $1.3 billion in federal funding specifically for water that we will get, among billions more, from the bipartisan federal infrastructure plan.”

City Worker Dies After Being Trapped in WWTP Tank in Honolulu

A city worker in Honolulu died after becoming trapped in a tank at the Honouliuli Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The city’s fire department responded to a call asking for a confined-space rescue. After a hazmat unit checked the air quality in the tank, a team was deployed to pull the worker from the tank.

The 64-year-old man, Gilbert Chang, was transported to Honolulu Emergency Medical Services where he was pronounced dead.

Hawaii Hiker Finds Stream That Smells of Beer and Tests at 1.2% ABV

A hiker recently discovered that a stream in Waipio, Hawaii, was contaminated with high amounts of alcohol after he noticed he was catching the scent of beer during his outings.

The state’s health department is investigating the spill, which originated in a storm pipe owned by the Department of Transportation, according to Hawaii News Now.

The news organization hired an independent laboratory to test a sample of the water and found that it contained as much as 1.2% alcohol by volume.


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