October 21, 2008

Tuesday Headlines: Climate Change May Cause Heavier Rainfalls, More Overflows

Posted in Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, National, New York at 12:44 pm by bengann

A Washington Post story tackles the issue of climate change and how it may lead to significant increases in waterborne diseases around the world. The story suggests the nation’s water infrastructure may not be up to the challenge as  heavier rainfalls may trigger sewage overflows, contaminating drinking water and endangering beachgoers.  

The story also includes a national map (found here) illustrating the pervasiveness of waterborn diseases.

Headlines
In Brooklyn, New York, the stench of raw sewage in the Gowanus Canal may get worse before it gets any better. To repair the flushing tunnel the city must turn it off for two years as part of a $300-million cleanup. To compensate for the soon-to-be deactivated flushing tunnel, the city will attempt to reduce the amount of untreated waste that lingers in the canal when heavy rains overflow the aging sewers.

A rash of sewage spills in the Wicomico River has prompted the Mayor in Salisbury, Maryland to launch a task force to investigate.

Ensuring the water keeps coming in and the sewage keeps flowing out is going to cost residents in the Buffalo suburb of Tonawanda $3 million over the next few years. Councilman Joe Emminger acknowledged the high cost, but said investing early will benefit the town, especially since there appears to be little to no relief coming from state or federal levels.

A boil water notice is in effect today for a portion of South Fort Myers, Florida due to a main water break.

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Grand Haven, Michigan
Oldham County, Kentucky
Rolla, Missouri
Rome, Georgia

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