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Available Expert - Major Texas city loses water supply after Hurricane Harvey

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Queen’s University urban water systems expert Dr. Yves Filion is available to comment on the risks to water treatment and distribution infrastructure and their impact on residents by floodwaters in Texas due to Hurricane Harvey.

In news breaking today 118,000 people in flooded Beaumont, Texas are without water and there is no timetable for the water supply to be restored. Both the main pump station and secondary water source were lost due to the hurricane.

“Water supply and treatment infrastructure is vital to protect public health in urban areas. Many communities in Texas will have to concern themselves with protecting these vitals systems and to develop contingency plan to make clean drinking water available to residents should the flooding disable these key systems. ” says Dr. Filion.

Please note Dr. Filion is travelling and only available for phone interviews.

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