The United Nations announced on Friday the launch of a mission to accelerate global efforts for safe water and sanitation for all by 2030. The UN water agency noted that the goal of universal water and sanitation is “alarmingly off-track” and that progress needs to improve immediately. The launch of this new framework, officially scheduled […]
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More than 4 million people in Bangladesh in areas affected by the coronavirus pandemic are at risk of being overwhelmed by high water this week, according to flood forecasts from global and national monitoring agencies. There is a fifty percent chance the flood will submerge several districts in the country for at least three days. […]
The United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organization published a report on Friday highlighting the need for universal access to hand hygiene. Forty percent of the world’s people do not have a place to wash their hands at home, which puts an estimated 1 billion people at a greater risk for contracting Covid-19. […]
The risk of contracting Covid-19 from both wastewater and recreational water is low, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Studies conducted in multiple countries in recent months have detected the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, in treated and untreated wastewater, but to this date there has been no evidence of a person contracting the […]
The Illinois Commerce Commission entered into an agreement with regulated, investor-owned utilities to help customers maintain service during a difficult economic period. The agreement extends a moratorium on water, gas, and electric disconnections and suspends late fees until August 1 or when Illinois enters Phase 4 of its reopening, whichever comes first, and for an […]
The National Rural Water Association, which represents water systems that serve fewer than 10,000 customers, is calling on Congress to extend financial aid to small utilities that are being affected by revenue losses due to the pandemic. The association makes three requests: Offer low-interest loans — below 1 percent — to those utilities most in […]
Because of a projected $10 billion budget shortfall due to the pandemic, the administration of New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says it will cut $80 million in funding that was supposed to kick start replacement of lead service lines in the state, NJ Spotlight reports. The Department of Environmental Protection estimates that replacing all 330,000 […]
Afghanistan’s government is employing some 40,000 workers to construct water-retention systems designed to alleviate a supply squeeze in the capital of Kabul. The workers are jobless because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Groundwater levels in Kabul, one of the world’s fastest-growing cities, fell by about a meter per year over the last two decades. With unemployment […]
Authorities have been trying to clear the wetlands around Africa’s biggest lake for years. This year’s flooding may have helped their case.
Officials from 13 states and cities are telling members of Congress that the coronavirus pandemic may cause them to miss a September 2022 deadline for spending $1 billion in federal funds on climate resilience projects, the New York Times reports. Unless Congress extends the deadline, any unused funds must be returned and the projects could […]
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is giving 21 communities an extra four months to submit plans for controlling sewage overflows, NJ Spotlight reports. Combined sewers carry both sewage and stormwater to treatment plants. Heavy rains can cause the system to exceed its capacity. When that happens, excess liquid […]
It is possible that more dams will fail. Upmanu Lall and Paulina Concha Larrauri Two more dams down, a few thousand more to go. The failure of Edenville and Sanford dams last week after heavy rains was a narrow escape for Michigan. Luckily, no one died, but 10,000 people were evacuated. The massive flooding from […]