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Millions of United States citizens continue to battle the effects of massive hurricanes this month. Many have lost electric and water service. As water and wastewater utilities struggle to get their systems up and running again, some are in a better position than others. What makes a utility more resilient in the face of this type of natural disaster?
83 percent of Puerto Ricans remain without power three weeks after Hurricane Maria hit the island. The goal is for 25 percent of customers to regain power by the end of October, but it could be months before the territory’s grid is fully operational again. Meanwhile, 36 percent of the island still does not have water service. Since energy is required to treat and deliver water, presumably the lack of power is standing in the way of getting some of those water systems back online. (Water, of course, is also needed to generate energy, but that’s a topic for another time.)
My colleague Stacey Isaac Berahzer, a senior project director here at the Environmental Finance Center, made her podcast debut this week on The Water Values Podcast, a series specifically focused on drinking water finance and management. The Water Values is one of several podcast series that feature content on the drinking water sector.
Sometimes, all you can do is scratch your head.
“Here’s the issue,” EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt told CNN last week when asked about the connection between Hurricane Irma and climate change, “To have any kind of focus on the cause and effect of the storm; versus helping people, or actually facing the effect of the storm, is misplaced.”
Read Hal Shepherd's Op-ed in the August 10, 2017 edition of the Homer News addressing the issue of whether the Alaska Energy Authority's proposal to divert water from the West Fork Upper Battle Creek drainage in order to supplement the power generating capacity for the Bradley Lake Hydroelectric Project near the Fox River Flats estuary on the east end of Kachemak Bay, would actually be good for fish.
The webinar recording (with closed captioning) is NOW AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING! @ https://nccwsc.usgs.gov/webinar/droughtWindRiver
For more information about the research presented in this webinar, please contact the speaker Shannon McNeeley, Shannon.McNeeley@colostate.edu.