Monday, April 19, 2021
Lucía Falcón Palomar, Obinna Maduka and JoAnn Kamuf Ward, The U.S. Water and Wastewater Crisis – How Many Wake-up Calls Are Enough? Just Security (Apr. 8, 2021), https://www.justsecurity.org/75686/the-u-s-water-and-wastewater-crisis-how-many-wake-up-calls-are-enough/. Excerpt below.
“In February, much of Texas plunged into darkness when the state’s electricity grid failed due to extreme cold weather conditions. What started as a foreseeable blackout quickly became a life-threatening calamity. The frigid temperatures cracked pipes and froze wells. To escape the frigid cold, have drinking water, and flush toilets, Texans were forced to boil snow and icicles. The extreme weather conditions and lack of basic amenities resulted in several fatal cases of hypothermia, frostbite, and carbon monoxide poisoning. More than 14 million people in Texas were affected, and lost access to clean water at the height of the crisis. At the beginning of March, there were still nearly 390,000 people who did not have water safe enough to drink in their homes…However, even a cursory look at the United States shows that inadequate water and sanitation are more of a norm than an exception.”