News Briefs: Public Works Recovers Lost Engagement Ring in California

Also in this week's sewer and water news, a $3.5 billion investment aims to further improve the health of New York Harbor

News Briefs: Public Works Recovers Lost Engagement Ring in California

In a remarkable recovery, a couple from Chino Hills, California, was reunited with their lost engagement ring more than a year after it was inadvertently flushed down the toilet. Yana Glass first sought the city's assistance last March when her young son flushed it down the toilet.

The couple’s search initially proved futile, despite John Glass’s earnest attempts using a sewer inspection camera and disassembling the toilet.

City officials then gave the couple a glimmer of hope, stating that due to their house’s cul-de-sac location, the ring might have remained nearby. After extensive searches by public works personnel using an inspection truck, the ring remained elusive. However, their patience and hope finally paid off when they recovered the engagement ring earlier this month.

Sheboygan Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Recognized as Lab of the Year

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources recently announced the Sheboygan Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant is the 2023 Lab of the Year award recipient.

The award recognizes a small registered laboratory's commitment to quality and excellent work.

More than 300 testing laboratories across Wisconsin provide compliance data to the DNR. About 200 of these labs are small registered labs, or labs that do compliance testing only for their own facility.

Compliance testing is crucial to ensuring the data from the lab is accurate and is required for plant permits. These permits, issued through the DNR, exist to ensure the water leaving the plant is not polluting Wisconsin's waterways.

"It's their commitment to quality that makes the Sheboygan Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant a valued partner with the DNR in protecting our state's water resources," says Steve Geis, DNR environmental analysis and sustainability certification services section manager.

$3.5 Billion Investment to Improve Health of New York Harbor

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos and New York City Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Rohit T. Aggarwala recently announced a new agreement that modifies a 2012 Consent Order that will help to ensure the continued improvement of the health of New York City waterways for
years to come.

As part of the agreement, New York City commits to investing $3.5 billion to build green infrastructure in sewered areas across all of the five boroughs in order to better manage the more intense rainfall and severe weather that climate change is bringing to the region and improve water quality in New York Harbor.

Read more about it here.


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