Polar Vortexes, Bomb Cyclones, Atmospheric Rivers….all examples of some recent crazy weather patterns that have caused undue stress on Drinking Water processes throughout the continent. Most recently the folks in Jackson Mississippi have once again had to “go without” as their stressed treatment systems froze up in the extreme cold front just before Christmas last month. On the west coast, “Atmospheric Rivers” are dumping huge volumes of water onto the land, which is overwhelming treatment plants and threatening water supplies. If the large, publicly operated treatment works (POTW) struggle, how do small community water systems, or private citizens maintain clean, reliable water supplies?
Freezing pipes, burst water mains, surface water runoff and contamination, these are all things stressing the Jackson, MS water system currently, which is leading to water outages and boil water advisories for the population supported by the POTW.
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