News Briefs: Utah Town Runs Out of Water During Drought

Also in this week's sewer and water news, Hurricane Ida triggers boil-water advisories in New Orleans

Drastically low water levels and dry soil in Utah recently caused the town of Schofield to run out of drinking water, according to a report by the Utah Department of Natural Resources and Utah Department of Environmental Quality.

Overuse and low spring water flow has caused the town’s water tank to run dry, and now the town has been given a permit to haul water for residents as a short-term solution.

The drought report also states that 31 of Utah’s largest 42 reservoirs are below 55% capacity.

Hurricane Ida Triggers Boil-Water Advisories in New Orleans

Severe damage was recorded across coastal Louisiana as Hurricane Ida — the second most intense hurricane on the state’s record — made landfall in late August.  

Although the storm caused widespread power outages in New Orleans, the New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board didn’t report any unanticipated outages at the city’s crucial drainage pumps.

Multiple parishes in the New Orleans area issued boil-water advisories as a caution, after power outages and pressure losses in occurred in the water system.

As of Sept. 1, power and water outages still affected hundreds of thousands of residents in the New Orleans region.

Tampa Bay Water Announces Oxygen Shortage

Tampa Bay Water recently announced that it wasn’t getting enough deliveries of liquid oxygen to treat its water, largely due to oxygen required to treat patients during Florida’s ongoing COVID-19 surge.

“What we know is that the lack of liquid oxygen is due to a driver shortage and the need for available supplies to be diverted to local hospitals due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Brandon Moore, spokesperson for Tampa Bay Water, told Mother Jones.


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