03 Sep '11, 6pm

Irene causes water woes: Irene swept up the east coast last weekend and caused widespread water supply impacts.

Irene causes water woes: Irene swept up the east coast last weekend and caused widespread water supply impacts.

Image: Hurricane Irene hitting US East Coast. Credit: © NASA/NOAA Hurricane Irene swept up the eastern seaboard of the US last weekend, leaving 40 dead and billions in damages. Millions were without power, and, though it's difficult to accurately quantify, thousands had their water supply compromised. Thousands remain without power and water. The dangers of such a situation are clear: without water to drink, clean, flush toilets, of fight fires, health and safety can quickly be compromised. To date, two deaths related to water supply have been reported . Two men were swept away trying to protect a water reservoir from flooding. Rural areas have been particularly hard hit. People who depend on private wells for water simply don't have the power to run the pump. Perhaps thousands of people who rely on private wells remain without water on Long Island . The local water author...

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