Mississippi Crisis Highlights Climate Threat to Drinking Water Nationwide
With aging infrastructure and a lack of investment, the impacts of climate change — flash floods, hurricanes and wildfires, for example — pose a growing threat to vital public resources. A massive flood that put a water plant in Mississippi out of operation is an example of looming challenges. The climate is changing too fast and in too dramatic a fashion, says Mikhail Chester, a Fulton Schools professor civil, environmental and sustainable engineering and of director of ASU’s Metis Center for Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering. The result is that an increasing number of regions in the U.S. are dealing with climate pressures that could erode the quality of life.