Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016

Missed warnings

Flint water switch approved despite DEQ apprehension

The Flint River turned out to be a disastrous choice of a water source for the city that shares its name. But its condition was hardly a secret before the switch from treated Detroit water was made.

Bridge Magazine

Bridge Magazine

In the days, weeks and months leading to Flint’s tragic change of drinking water sources, experts expressed misgivings about the switch. But with cost concerns among the driving factors, the Flint River plan flowed ahead — directly toward disaster. Missed warnings about the Flint River are detailed in more than 20,000 pages of emails and documents released last by Gov. Rick Snyder’s office.


Deep divide on Waukesha water plan on display

Journal Sentinel

Supporters and opponents of Waukesha's request for a Lake Michigan water supply took one last shot Thursday at influencing officials from Great Lakes states who will approve or deny the unprecedented plan. A public hearing drew a crowd of more than 200 people, and half of them either praised or panned the proposal.


How old is that sewer? Minn. website has answers

MPR News

The Minnesota state auditor introduced a new online tool designed to display the age and condition of some infrastructure, like water and sewer systems. The State Auditor's Infrastructure Stress Transparency Tool visualizes city wastewater information, drinking water data and basic finances of water and sewer systems.

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