Clean water shortage becomes Galveston's biggest obstacle
September 18, 2008
The damage done by Hurricane Ike to the water system in Galveston appears to be the biggest obstacle to getting the city back on its feet. Problems with the water system have already created health problems
and the longer it takes to get the system working properly, the harder the recovery will be for the community. While we often talk about public water supplies
as though they are first and foremost a matter of environmental protection, the truth is that clean water (and good wastewater treatment
) is really a matter of public health above all -- and in a disaster, the problems are compounded even more
by accidents and injuries.
last revised September 2008