Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016

Harsh reality

Poor communities across U.S. face plumbing challenge

 Dorothy Rudolph in front of her home in Tyler, Ala., which does not have a septic tank. BRYAN MELTZ

New York Times

New York Times

In Lowndes County, Ala. — where rural poverty has left its imprint — less than half of the population is on a municipal sewer line. Unfortunately, that is not so uncommon in the United States. Many people have failing septic tanks and are too poor to fix them. Municipalities, with low tax bases, can't afford extensive sewer lines. Nearly half a million households lack hot and cold running water or a working flush toilet, according to the Census Bureau.


Congress reaches deal on Louisiana flood aid

Associated Press

Congressional leaders have broken a stalemate over money to address the Flint, Mich., water crisis, clearing the way for a spending bill needed to keep the government running until December. The measure also would provide long-delayed money to help Louisiana rebuild from last month's disastrous floods. The bill contains $500 million to help Louisiana and other states with flood recovery.


Climate change will cripple coast septic systems

Circle of Blue

According to new research, many septic systems are unfit for future climate conditions. Jennifer Cooper, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Florida, says the results of the study are a warning signal. Septic systems are contributing to an ecological and public health mess in coastal communities from Cape Cod to Long Island to Florida.

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