Is your water safe? Secrets of Dayton’s blue lagoon revealed

Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Drone video shows Dayton's blue lagoon and reveals just what's going on there.

What’s that strange bright blue lake along Ohio 4 across from Dayton Children’s Hospital?

It’s the city’s lime reclamation facility next to the Ottawa Water Treatment Plant where about 23,000 tons of calcium oxide (quick lime) are produced each year.

Dayton uses the quick lime partly to remove minerals from the water softening. It also sells it to eight other water systems in Ohio — Hamilton, Wyoming, Middletown, Troy, Piqua, Ottawa, Defiance and Glendale.

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A Dayton Daily New investigation on Sunday will look at the dangers that could have an affect on the region’s water supply. The lime reclamation facility is one of many way’s the city makes water safe to drink.

Besides the recycled lime, the city also uses fluoride and chlorine as part of the treatment process. Rapid sand filtration is the last step before it is sent to pumps and homes.

The water department has recycled lime softening residuals from the water treatment process since 1957. Before then, residuals were stored in lagoons.

The city invested more than $9 million to expand its lime reclamation facility last year. The city received a $250,000 grant from Ohio EPA’s Recycling and Litter Prevention program that was used to purchase high-volume pumps needed for the expansion. Dayton’s investment (primarily capital improvement funds) is intended to be offset by increased lime sales to external customers and the payback period for the expansion project is expected to be around six-and-a-half years.

Dayton has two water treatment plants that rely on ground water as their source. Lime softens the water and removes minerals that can build up in consumers’ pipes. The lime reclamation facility regenerates the spent lime from the water treatment process in the form of pebbles which are then re-used for water softening at the plant, keeping the spent lime out of landfills. Excess regenerated lime is sold to other water systems. The facility’s carbon dioxide exhaust is used to adjust the pH at the water treatment plants.

Recently, the city began looking for lime residuals from outside sources to supplement the additional capacity of its system. Importing spent lime from other treatment plants will benefit the city while reducing waste. The expansion will also help improve cost efficiency — as the kiln operates closer to capacity, the relative costs for gas used for heating the kiln, labor and maintenance will be lower.

As a part of the expansion, Dayton is constructing several ancillary facilities to receive the lime residuals from off-site sources, process the residuals to feed into the lime kiln, and store the additional finished product.

After the expansion is completed, the city expects to produce about 120 tons per day of lime for re-sale.

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Warm temps continue; showers expected for some counties

Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 3:51 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini talks about the chance for storms and a heat wave this week.

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QUICK-LOOK FORECAST

  • Quiet to start week
  • Rounds of showers and storms Tue-Wed
  • Heat index around 100 end of week

>> 5-Day Forecast

DETAILED FORECAST

TODAY: A quiet morning with some sunshine and a few afternoon clouds. Highs reach in the low 80s, which is near normal. A few passing showers or storms near Butler, Warren, and Clinton counties are expected, but most activity stay south of the Miami Valley completely. 

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TUESDAY: Sunshine and scattered clouds to start. Highs peak in the mid-80s with a heat index around 90 degrees. Some afternoon showers and storms develop late afternoon and evening. 

WEDNESDAY: Sunshine with warm and muggy temperatures in the mid-80s. Heat index reaches around 90 degrees again. Scattered showers and storms in the afternoon and evening look to bring localized heavy rain and gusty winds. 

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THURSDAY: Some sunshine and a few clouds as it begin to heat up with temperatures in the upper 80s. The heat index reaches in the mid-90s as it looks to stay dry for the day.

FRIDAY: A dry end to the week with hot and very humid temperatures. Highs reach in the low 90s with a heat index around 100 degrees. 

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Massachusetts chemical leak sends at least 29 people to hospitals

Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 4:41 AM

Dozens of people were sickened after a chemical leak late Sunday at a Peabody plant in Salem, Massachusetts.
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Dozens of people were sickened after a chemical leak late Sunday at a Peabody plant in Salem, Massachusetts.(Boston25News.com)

Dozens of people were sickened after a chemical leak late Sunday at a Peabody plant in Salem, Massachusetts.

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It was the second call to Thermal Circuits that firefighters received Sunday, and it wasn’t immediately clear if the business would reopen Monday morning. 

That will depend on whether investigators and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials give the OK that it’s safe to return.

>> On Boston25News.com: More than a dozen hospitalized after hazmat situation in Salem

The concern stems from what appears to be two chemical leaks Sunday.

Salem firefighters got a call around 3:30 p.m. Sunday for what they said was a chlorine leak.

The building was evacuated as firefighters and hazmat teams checked everything out.

The leak was said to be under control around 4 p.m., but it wasn’t until 8:30 p.m. that the cleanup finished.

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When the next shift was allowed to go back inside, several employees said they started having trouble breathing, felt nauseous and had trouble with consciousness.

Officials said 29 people were treated at area hospitals.

A hygienist and a chemist were scheduled to check things out Monday morning.

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Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 12:53 AM
Updated: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 5:13 AM

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic.

Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

Major Highway Incidents

  • No incidents to report. 

Surface Street Incidents

  • No incidents to report. 

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Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

Live look at highways on our traffic cameras here.

Latest traffic conditions are also available on our traffic map. 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

  • Farmersville-West Carrollton Road and Upper River Road, ROAD CLOSURE the week of June 25 due to a railroad tie replacement project. The project is expected to last 2 - 3 days. Detour signs will be posted at the site.
  • Bellefontaine Road between Chambersburg Road and Taylorsville Road, ROAD CLOSURE Jun 25 - 26 for installation of a new water main. The official detour is: Brandt Pike. More information is available here. 
  • Valley Street between Stanley Avenue and Brandt Street will be closed for reconstruction through late October. This is the first phase of a project to reconstruct Valley Street from Stanley Avenue to Rita Street.
  • Arlington Road between Pleasant Plain and Upper Lewisburg Salem Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE, March 5 - Sept. 30. All ramps for I-70 will remain open. 
  • Keowee Street north of Stanley Avenue, bridge closed until 2019. The official detour is: Keowee Street to Stanley Avenue to I-75 to Wagner Ford Road and back to Dixie. More information is available here.
  • Stewart Street Ramp to US 35 East, RAMP CLOSURE March 28 - Sept 30, 2018. The official detour is: Stewart Street to Edwin C. Moses Boulevard to I-75 north to US 35 west to James H. McGee Blvd. to US 35 east.
  • I-75 north Ramp to US 35 west, RAMP CLOSURE, March 12 - Sept. 30. The official detour is: I-75 north to US 35 east to Jefferson/Main Street to Ludlow Street to US 35 west
  • I-75 between Northwoods Boulevard and the Miami County Line, Nightlylane closures June 4 - July 9 between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Two lanes will remain open in each direction. 
  • I-75 between SR 48 and Needmore Road, Nightly lane closures April 29 - July 31 between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Will become double lane closures at 10 p.m. 
  • SR 48 between First Street and Riverdale Street, Lane closure April 2, 2018 - April 1, 2019. One lane will remain open in each direction.

GREENE COUNTY

  • State Route 235 between Dayton Yellow Springs and Enon Roads, ROAD CLOSURE for six months. The official detour is U.S. 68, West Hyde, and West Enon Roads.
  • Trebein Road from U.S. 35, Lane restrictions April 16 - August, 2018 for construction of a right turn lane. One lane will remain maintained at all times with flagging operations. 

WARREN COUNTY

MIAMI COUNTY

  • N. Market Street between Foss Way/Kirk Lane and Stonyridge Avenue, ROAD CLOSURE March 5 at 7 a.m. - Aug. 10 at 5 p.m. 
  • US 36 westbound between Scott Drive and Kienle Drive, Lane closure March 26 - June 30. One westbound lane will remain open. 
  • US 36 between Scott Drive and Aerovent Drive, Lane closure April 26 - August 31. 

DARKE COUNTY

  • Arcanum Bears-Mill Road between Folkerth Road and Erisman Road, ROAD CLOSURE June 4 - August 3. The official detour is: SR 49 to US 36/US 127 to US 36
  • SR 49 between Rossburg Lighsville Road and SR 47, Daily lane closures May 28 - July 2 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • SR 722 between Gordon-Landis Road and SR 49, Dailylane closures May 28 - July 2 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Sweitzer Street/ West Fourth Street between Pine Street and Sycamore Street, ROAD CLOSURE May 21 - May 31, 2019. The official detour is: Pine Street to Washington Avenue to Broadway.
  • US 36/US 127 between Hogpath Road and Horatio- Harris Creek Road, Daily lane closures April 30 - August 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

MERCER COUNTY

  • SR 117 between US 127 and SR 116, Daily lane closures April 23 - July 31 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. 

SHELBY COUNTY

  • SR 29 between SR 274 and Pleiman Road, Daily lane closures May 18 - June 30 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • SR 66 between SR 47 and Russia Houston Road, Daily lane closures May 18 - June 30 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. 
  • SR 47 between Fifth Avenue and Wilkinson Avenue, Lane closures Jan. 21 - Nov. 27. One lane will remain open in each direction at all times.  

CLARK COUNTY

  • I-70 east Ramp to I-675 north, RAMP CLOSURE March 15 - Aug. 15. The official detour is: I-70 east to I-675 south to SR 444 to I-675 north
  • Spangler Road south between Restoration Drive and I-70, Traffic pattern switch March 26 - August 15. Southbound Spangler Road traffic going to I-675 south and I-70 east will be moved to northbound side of I-675. Traffic will then be redirected to the southbound side of I-675 after passing over I-70. 
  • US 42 between Bershet Street and Short Street, ROAD CLOSURE July 9 - 13. The official detour is: SR 72 to I-70 to SR 41.

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY

  • US 36 between Zimmerman Road and Kite Road, BRIDGE CLOSURE June 11 - August 10. The official detour is: SR 235 to SR 29 to SR 560.

LOGAN COUNTY

  • SR 347 between Rogers Road and C - 154, ROAD CLOSURE June 29 - July 7. The official detour is: SR 347 to US 33 to SR 739 to SR 347.
  • SR 274 between Morris Rose Road and SR 235, Daily lane closures May 1 - June 29 between 7 a.m. 5 p.m. 
  • SR 235 between SR 720 and SR 117, Daily lane closures May 1 - June 29 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • SR 68 between SR 508 and Gunn Town Road, Daily lane closures April 23 - June 29 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. 

AUGLAIZE COUNTY

  • US 33 between SR 29 and I-75, Daily lane closures March 26 - July 31 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. One lane will remain open in each direction. 

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911 caller: ‘He’s losing a lot of blood’ in Trotwood stabbing 

Published: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 1:50 AM
Updated: Monday, June 25, 2018 @ 2:53 AM

Guenther Rd Stabbing

Crews responded to the 1500 block of Guenther Road on a reported stabbing that occurred early Monday morning.

OTHER LOCAL NEWS: One man in jail after domestic violence stabbing 

The incident was dispatched around 1:45 a.m., per initial reports.

In a 6-minute call to dispatchers, the caller stated her mother reportedly stabbed her father and that he was losing a lot of blood.

“I don’t want my dad to die,” said the caller.

The victim was reportedly conscious, breathing, and talking, although the caller told the 911 dispatcher that he was on the floor. 

The stabbing reportedly occurred as a result of a fight between the mother and father. 

It is not clear where the victim was stabbed.

We’re working to learn more details on the victim’s condition. 

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