Friday, May 11, 2012

Arlington's $568 Million Wastewater Treatment Plant - A Disaster Waiting to Happen.


Hi Yupette,

Despite what you may have heard from the County's PR Team at the last County Board Meeting about the County's "marvelous" new wastewater treatment plant, the plant's operators are barely able to keep up with alarms and major-league malfunctions at the plant. These range from bad odors, to sewage overflows, to near-explosions of toxic gasses (like chlorine) used to treat raw sewage. My neighbor works at the wastewater treatment plant and he's pretty scared that the Plant and half of South Arlington are going to blow sky-high.

Thanks for your blog, the only honest blog in Northern VA, in my opinion.

Peter

18 Comments:

At 11 May, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Plant's operators are constantly contacting each other about heading off emergencies, especially on weekends.

 
At 11 May, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Warninng... Warning Dangerous Chlorine Level in Building 028...Dangerous Chlorine Level in Building 028"

 
At 11 May, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Diana Sun and the County Manager's PR Team for again promoting another County Board fantasy.

 
At 11 May, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"High Explosion Risk in Tank 111...High Explosion Risk in Tank 111...Low Ferric Choride..Low Ferric Choride".

 
At 11 May, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"What the pressure on Valve 8? If it under 235 pounds you got get over there and bring it up to 235 manually or we going to back up S**t all over Crystal City."

 
At 11 May, 2012 , Anonymous Mr. DES said...

"Oh, My Gawd, Bubba, Git yer ass outta here, this sucka is gonna blow sky high."

 
At 11 May, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Warning...Wastewater Treatment Operator Inhaling a Controlled Substance...Wastewater Treatment Operator Inhaling a Controlled Substance".

 
At 11 May, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What the hell wrong with a Arlington County Wastewater Treatment Operator inhaling weed while mixing choline, oxygen and hydrogen?

 
At 11 May, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in Crystal City, please get the pressure over 235.

 
At 12 May, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Same wonderful wastewater treatment plant that won, what, five prestigious awards? And County Board wants to spend money applying for more prestigious awards?

 
At 12 May, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what do they care? The plant's operators all live in Prince William County. We're just a paycheck.

 
At 12 May, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

County spent $568 million for what? Pumps that spend more time being repaired than pumping?

 
At 12 May, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, there was a big sewage backup at the Harris Teeter in Potomac Yards? Gosh, how did that happen??

 
At 12 May, 2012 , Anonymous 2100 said...

"Potomac Yards Lift Station Alarm. Potomac Yards Pump to Fail".

"Potomac Yards Lift Station Alarm. Potomac Yards Pump to Fail."

 
At 12 May, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Centrifuge 1 Group Fail Alarm".

"Centrifuge 1 Group Fail Alarm".

 
At 12 May, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clever diversionary tactic, rerouting sewage overflow from Four Mile Run to Harris Teeter. Good way to escape EPA monitoring.

 
At 14 May, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why are the sewage lift pumps in Potomac Yards always breaking down?

 
At 14 May, 2012 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Arlington County going to reimburse Harris Teeter for the costs that its gross negligence and willing indifference imposed, or will AC hide behind the cloak of sovereign immunity?

 

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