September 15, 2008

Monday Headlines: Overflows Cause Cty. to Warn Against Contact with River

Posted in Florida, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, National, Utah at 12:30 pm by bengann

In Michigan, the Genesee County Health Department is warning against any contact with the Flint and Shiawassee rivers after a weekend of rain caused large-scale sewage overflows across the county. The city of Flushing discharged more than 400,000 gallons of untreated sewage into the Flint River Sunday, and the cities of Flint, Fenton and Grand Blanc also reported overflows into the rivers.

Steps are being taken in Canton, Illinois to ensure problems don’t occur at its wastewater treatment facility, as well as to improve the infrastructure of the facility for the future.

Officials in Tampa, Florida say approximately 200,000 gallons of untreated sewage spilled into Sweetwater Creek on Friday after a 20-inch sewage pipeline ruptured.

A water main break at the Utah State Capitol complex in Salt Lake City early this morning caused flooding that shut down the government’s offices for the entire day. A short time after midnight, a 50-year-old water main underneath the concrete ruptured and sent water to many areas — including some indoor, where employees spend their work days.

According to an ongoing Associated Press investigation, U.S. hospitals and long-term care facilities are annually flushing millions of pounds of unused pharmaceuticals down the drain, pumping contaminants into America’s drinking water.

Sewer Rate News
Deltona, Florida
Ogunquit, Maine


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