The Stream, October 15, 2021: Lead Pipes Will Be Replaced In Benton Harbor, Michigan Governor Says


  • Major global corporations’ plans to be ‘water positive’ lack accountability measures, experts say.
  • Precipitation, flooding, and sea levels are rising in Maryland.
  • Michigan’s governor pledges to replace lead pipes in Benton Harbor in the next year and a half.
  • Water quality in England’s Windemere Lake is being threatened by raw sewage discharge.

Heavy rain is causing flooding and mudslides on the Greek island of Evia, where wildfires have raged all summer.

“We have hundreds of calls to pump out water from homes.” – Giorgos Tsapourniotis, the mayor of the Greek village of Mantoudi. After massive wildfires ravaged the Greek island of Evia, communities are now struggling to deal with floods and mudslides after a storm system dumped heavy rain across the island. Officials raced to construct flood barriers and compensate for lost forest cover over the last few weeks, The Guardian reports, but many are already feeling the rainstorm’s wrath: Over 200 homes were damaged last weekend, and flooding made roads impassable.


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‘Water Positive’ Plans From Major Corporations Lack Direction and Accountability, Experts Say

As major companies like PepsiCo, Facebook, and Microsoft commit to being “water positive,” or replenishing more water than they use, The Guardian reports that many experts are concerned that these voluntary pledges can lack precise definitions and accountability mechanisms. Most companies’ plans for water positivity are different, and don’t consider the hyperlocal nature of water scarcity.



Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday that the state plans to replace lead pipes in the city of Benton Harbor in the next 18 months, the Associated Press reports. The move comes amid criticism of state and local officials’ handling of the years-long water crisis in Benton Harbor, where lead levels were found to be higher than those during the crisis in the Michigan city of Flint in 2014.


New data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) found that rainfall, flooding, and sea levels have increased across the state of Maryland in the last 20 years, according to the Associated Press. NOAA official Greg Carbin said that to combat increased precipitation and flooding, at-risk cities need to implement more resilient infrastructure that can mitigate damage.


Water at a major tourist spot in England is being contaminated by mass quantities of raw sewage, the BBC reports. Environmental activists say that wastewater discharge in Windermere Lake, part of the infamous Lakes District in northern England, has left water quality so poor the lake is in danger of becoming “ecologically dead.”

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