Weekly Flush: Septic Truck Plunges Into Creek After Bridge Collapse

Also in this week's septic-related news, a worker in Kingston, Massachusetts, finds a diamond ring while cleaning a tank

Weekly Flush: Septic Truck Plunges Into Creek After Bridge Collapse

A truck carrying a concrete septic tank plunged into a creek after its weight caused a bridge to collapse near Monroe, Washington.

Authorities say the driver wasn’t injured in the crash. Firefighters placed an oil-absorbent line across the creek to soak up any oil flowing downstream. The Washington Department of Ecology was also called to the scene.

Remember, just because someone tells you the propane guy made it across the rickety looking bridge, doesn’t mean it’s safe to cross.

This is pure speculation, but this looks like one of those instances where the homeowner says to the septic truck driver, "You'll be fine, the propane guy made it across just last month." Remember pumpers, you can't trust these people. We're glad to hear no one got hurt.

A man in Kingston, Massachusetts, recently found a diamond ring while cleaning a tank at a small wastewater treatment facility, and now he’s looking to find its owner.

Carl Ingeme, a wastewater operator, apparently has a pretty keen eye. He spotted something shiny while shoveling debris from the tank.

It’s tough to discern where exactly the ring came from, as the facility processes about 25,000 gallons of waste every day, but the story is a good reminder to keep your eyes open for diamonds in the muck.

Here’s a reminder to always apply the parking brake when making a pit stop. A visitor to Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado exited a roadside portable restroom along Highway 7 to see a sight that would make anyone's stomach plunge. Watch the video here to find out what exactly.

A recent water main break in Chattanooga, Tennessee, left multiple schools, businesses and residences without water and left portable restroom operators in the metropolis scrambling to provide service. About 35,000 Tennessee American Water customers were hosed when a 36-inch water main broke near a water plant, forcing officials to issue a boil-water advisory, request water conservation measures and establish water distribution sites. 

Local portable restroom operators were part of efforts to provide sanitation services to affected residents and businesses. Restrooms were placed outside downtown businesses, and at least one PRO reports that units were nearly rented out. Water service was restored to most of Chattanooga within 72 hours.


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