Locked Out City Workers Head Off Water Contamination

Canadian Union of Public Employees

Nelson, B.C., city workers were abruptly pulled away from Canada Day festivities when two locked out sewage treatment plant operators, working reduced hours due to the lockout, discovered contaminated water entering the Kootenay River. Digesters that normally press waste had become overloaded and were allowing "black" effluent with high coliform counts to enter the Kootenay water system.

Waterlink, Inc., Files for Bankruptcy

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware has approved Waterlink, Inc.'s application for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Waterlink, Inc.

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware had entered the Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Order Under Section 1129 of the Bankruptcy Code and Rule 3020 of the Bankruptcy Rules Confirming the Modified Joint Consolidated Chapter 11 Plan of Liquidation of the Debtors and the Committee Pursuant to Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. The Plan confirmed by the Bankruptcy Court will result in the liquidation of all remaining assets of the Company, the proceeds from which will be used to partially satisfy unsecured creditors.

Environmental Group Complains DNR Too Weak on River Laws

The Post-Crescent

The Wisconsin River Alliance has accused the Department of Natural Resources of failing to enforce pollution laws, the Post-Crescent reported.

A 68-page report released by the Alliance summarizes its one-year study, which tapped the expertise of 75 state experts, including many DNR employees.

The study found that state budget cuts have led to inadequate enforcement of water laws and that regulators frequently cave to political pressures.

San Jose Historic Treasure Designated an AWWA Landmark

American Water Works Association

The San Jose Water Company main office building–a historic and architectural treasure in downtown San Jose, Calif.–has been named an AWWA Landmark.

The 70-year-old art deco structure was officially named the J.W. Weinhardt Building after the man who served as the company's president, chief executive officer, and chairman of the board for many years.

The building has housed the water company's corporate headquarters since it was built in 1934 to replace the utility's original structure, built in 1888.

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