The Texas House of Representatives and Senate both agreed to fund major water infrastructure improvements in Texas. The House, StateImpact Texas reported, created two accounts to loan money from, and the Senate authorized $2 billion for a water bank from state’s rainy day fund.
In Montreal, more than one million residents were told to boil their water after a malfunction at Canada’s second-biggest filtration facility. The mishap sent a foul aroma, ABC News reported, wafting around the city.
Voters in Portland, Oregon rejected a measure to add fluoride to the city’s water. Opponents said the chemicals did more harm than good to human and environmental health, The Los Angeles Times reported, while supporters said the city missed a chance to dramatically reduce tooth-decay rates.
is a Washington, D.C–based correspondent for Circle of Blue. He graduated from DePauw University as a Media Fellow with a B.A. in Conflict Studies. He co-writes The Stream, a daily summary of global water news.