WaterWorld Weekly: June 16, 2011

Transcript of the June 16, 2011, edition of the WaterWorld Weekly newscast.

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The following is a transcript of the June 16, 2011, edition of the WaterWorld Weekly newscast.

Hi, I'm Angela Godwin, digital media editor for WaterWorld magazine, bringing you this week's water and wastewater news headlines. Coming up...

• LA considers plan to reclaim wastewater for drinking water
• Portland empties reservoir after urination incident
• Water contamination suspected at naval station
• Wastewater company owner sentenced to prison
• Greenville, SC, wins water taste test
• Japan nuclear plant readies water treatment system

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has wrapped up its $2 million dollar Groundwater Replenishment Treatment Pilot Study, which takes a hard look at a plan to transform wastewater into drinking water.

Officials say the $700 million dollar plan will reduce the city's reliance on imported water supplies. Currently, more than half of its drinking water comes from Northern California or the Colorado River.

The city's Donald C. Tillman Water Reclamation Plant in Encino already pumps about 40 million gallons of reclaimed water daily for irrigation and industrial uses.

Under the proposed plan, 30,000 acre feet of that water would undergo further advanced treatment processes -- including microfiltration, reverse osmoses and UV purification -- before being injected into wells under the Hansen dam.

BY 2035, LA DWP aims to increase its use of reclaimed wastewater to 8 percent.

Water officials in Portland, Oregon, decided to drain a drinking water reservoir there after a man was caught on tape urinating into it.

Portland Water Bureau security spotted the 21-year-old relieving himself and immediately shut down the supply from Reservoir Number 1.

The 8 million gallons of water in the reservoir is already chlorinated and ready for distribution, so although it most likely would not have been a health hazard, the Water Bureau decided to drain it.

Officials say it will cost taxpayers around $32,000 dollars.

An outbreak of at Lemoore Naval Air Station in California has prompted officials to take water samples and warn residents and employees to NOT drink the base's tap water.

Twenty-nine people at the base became ill with severe nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. While the cause is still unknown at this time, one possibility being explored is contaminated drinking water.

Tests are currently being conducted and results are expected on Thursday.

In the meantime, water fountains have been shut off and restaurants on the base have stopped serving fountain drinks.

Jeffrey Pruett, owner and operator of two wastewater management companies in Monroe, Louisiana, will serve 21 months in prison and pay fines amounting to $850,000 for multiple violations of the Clean Water Act.

Pruett's companies, Louisiana Land & Water Company and LWC Management Company, provided sewer and wastewater treatment and services for a number of residential subdivisions in Monroe.

Pruett was found guilty of failing to maintain adequate records, violating effluent limitations, and failing to provider proper operation and maintenance of a sewage facility.

The state launched its investigation of Pruett after receiving numerous complaints of sewer backups and cloudy tap water from homeowners who were paying Pruett's companies for sewer and wastewater services.

The Greenville Water System of Greenville, SC, took first place at AWWA's annual "Best of the Best" Water Taste Test this past week at ACE 11 in Washington, DC.

Regional winners from water-tasting competitions across the country competed at the event.

The Greenville Water System serves 350,000 customers and gets most of its water from two mountain watersheds in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Second place honors were awarded to two water utilities: Denver Water of Denver, Colorado, and Glencoe Water Utility of Glencoe, Illinois.

In international news...

Final preparations are underway to launch the water treatment system at the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan.

The system, which uses technology from Kurion and Areva, will treat spent cooling water, which is highly radioactive.

In tests conducted this past week, the water treatment system was able to reduce cesium to 1/10,000 th of earlier levels.

The system will treat around 1,200 tons of water per day and is expected to cost an estimated $660 million dollars to operate through December.

Eventually, TEPCO expects to be able to reuse the treated wastewater as core coolant.

For WaterWorld magazine, I'm Angela Godwin. Thanks for watching.


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