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Fixing the south’s aging water infrastructure will be a struggle
- June 1, 2024: Vol. 11, Number 6

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Fixing the south’s aging water infrastructure will be a struggle

by Jonathan Fisk, John Morris and Megan Heim LaFrombois

Climate change is threatening America’s water infrastructure as intensifying storms deluge communities and droughts dry up freshwater supplies in regions that aren’t prepared.

The severe storms that swept through the southern United States April 10-11 illustrated some of the risks. In New Orleans, rain fell much faster than the city’s pumps could remove it. A water line broke during the storm near Hattiesburg, Miss. Other communities faced power outages and advisories to boil water for safety before using it.

We study infrastructure resilience and sustainability and see a crisis growing, particularly in the U.S. Southeast, where aging water supply systems and stormwater infrastructure are leaving more communities at risk as weather becomes more extreme.

To find the best solutions and build resilient infrastructure, communities need to recognize both the threats in a warming world and the obstacles to managing them.

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