Millions of gallons of sewage and wastewater bubbling up across Florida resulting from Hurricane Irma
In Hurricane Irma's wake, millions of gallons of sewage and wastewater are bubbling up across Florida. In this Washington Post article, Miami Waterkeeper Staff Attorney, Kelly Cox addresses how South Florida faces water challenges due to its low elevation near the ocean, its aging infrastructure, and the porous limestone rock that much of our area sits upon.
In South Florida, aging sewage infrastructure struggles to handle our booming population. Add a hurricane to the mix, and our sewage systems are often overwhelmed by storm surge, flooding, and power failures - resulting in sewage spills and insanitary conditions. Read more about recent hurricanes' sewage-related impacts in this new piece by Bloomberg featuring Miami Waterkeeper HERE
As South Florida faces Hurricane Irma our Staff Attorney & Program Director, Kelly Cox, spoke with Quartz Media about likely storm impacts on our water infrastructure, which "is at risk and could be easily compromised by a storm the size of Irma.” But leaky pipes could be a minor problem compared to the flooding of one of Miami-Dade’s three water treatment plants, two of which are vulnerable because they lie in low-coastal areas.