A Sea Of Health And Environmental Dangers In Houston’S Floodwaters

The pipes exceed their capacity and you get discharge of a mix of sewer water and storm water,” she said.
Porfirio Villarreal, a spokesman for the Houston Health Department, said the hazards of the water enveloping the city were self-evident.
They already had cracks and leaks that were allowing storm water to get into the sewers,” said Erin Bonney Casey, research director at Bluefield Research, a water-sector consultancy based in Boston.
“When it rains, the sewer pipes get infiltrated with storm water.
“As you can imagine, this raises major concerns around disease and contamination of local water supplies.”Marc Edwards, the Virginia Tech professor who helped identify the Flint water contamination crisis, said Houston’s abundance of private water wells added the city’s woes.

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