Distribution and Maintenance of Water Supply

US hits record for costly weather disasters: $306 billion

Associated Press » With three strong hurricanes, wildfires, hail, flooding, tornadoes and drought, the United States tallied a record high bill last year for weather disasters. The nation endured 16 disasters last year with damage exceeding a billion dollars, the government said Monday, totaling $306 billion. That tied 2011 for the number of billion-dollar calamities, but it blew past the total cost record of $215 billion in 2005.

2018-01-10T11:04:38+00:00 January 9th, 2018|U.S. News, Urban, Wastewater, Water|

Low-Lying Boston’s Frigid Flood Risk Reminder

Route 50 » Boston Harbor and other coastal areas in New England saw some of their highest tide levels on record on Thursday as a wicked and rapidly intensifying winter storm meteorologists have described as a “bomb cyclone” moved up the East Coast bringing blizzard conditions, frigid temperatures and major snowfall to many areas.  

2018-01-08T15:24:07+00:00 January 5th, 2018|Massachusetts, Roads, Urban, Wastewater, Water|

Virginia Beach Is Using an IoT-Enabled Sensor Network to Predict Flooding in Real Time

Route Fifty » Virginia Beach, Va., is looking to predict the timing and severity of flooding at street level in a year’s time through the multi-jurisdictional StormSense Project, while aims to make the region more resilient and upgrade disaster preparedness.

2017-12-22T09:03:37+00:00 December 21st, 2017|Urban, Virginia, Water|

Oroville Dam: Formerly classified memo describing spillway cracks now public

Chico Enterprise-Record » The previously secret state Department of Water Resources memorandum explaining the hairline cracks in the Oroville Dam spillway is now public.

2018-01-12T10:55:19+00:00 December 11th, 2017|California, Dams, Oroville Dam|

‘These things add up.’ Could recurring problems compromise safety of California dams?

The Sacramento Bee » When it comes to inspecting dams, California is second to none. A panel of national experts examined the state’s Division of Safety of Dams last year and declared it tops in the field, citing inspectors’ knack for flagging small problems before they turn serious. Getting dam owners to fix those flaws quickly is another matter.

2018-01-12T10:55:24+00:00 December 8th, 2017|California, Dams, Oroville Dam|
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