Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Preparing for algae

Toledo officials say city is ready for summer blooms

Craig Butler, director of the Ohio EPA, tells of preparations for the 2015 harmful algal bloom season at Collins Park Water Treatment Plant.  AMY E. VOIGT

Toledo Blade

Toledo Blade

Ohio’s top environmental official and Toledo’s mayor promised the public that the city is ready for the 2015 algae season. “We have done extensive work in this plant for the harmful algal bloom season,” Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson said at a news conference. “We have better tools for detection of harmful algal blooms in the lake,” she said. The mayor said notifications for algal-bloom-affected drinking water has also been improved over last year.


'Flushable' wipes eating up time, money in Minn.

Star Tribune

Crews working in the bowels of the Twin Cities metro area’s vast sewage system are “spending a significant amount of time” removing “flushable” wipes from water treatment equipment, the facilities’ operators are reporting. The Metropolitan Council Environmental Services said it now devotes a weekend’s worth of crew time solely to extracting these materials from sewer screens.


New plant will help clean Little Calumet River

DNA Info

Starting Friday, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District in Chicago will start disinfecting water passing through its Southeast Side plant, effectively bleaching out harmful bacteria too small to be caught by other forms of filtration. The $37.3 million disinfection facility, which can an treat 480 million gallons of water per day, is a key part of ongoing and efforts to clean all of Chicago’s waterways.

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