Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2014 - (Page 12)

L TH E W N OR A MA MA MA MA MA MA NE Adjusting to the New for and coping Normal Preparing with droughts, floods and other catastrophic events BY JIM TAFT, ASSOCIATION OF STATE DRINKING WATER ADMINISTRATORS REGARDLESS OF ONE'S views of the causes, it's abundantly clear that the drinking water community has been forced to deal with the serious and persistent effects of climate extremes over at least the past decade. The arid west and southwest have long been challenged by securing adequate supplies of drinking water. But, the problem in those parts of the country has been exacerbated, in recent years, by climate extremes, coupled with a growing and migrating population. The Summer of 2011 was the second hottest on record for the United States and the hottest ever for Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico, according to  the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Association  (NOAA). But, climate extremes - and their attendant challenges - is not just a west-of-the Mississippi issue. It's now very much a 50-state challenge. Between 2007 and 2008, the Southeast experienced a major drought, which depleted the region's major water supplies. At one point, officials reported there was only three months left of stored fresh water to supply the city of 12 * Second Quarter 2014 Atlanta. Flooding has likewise been an increasingly seen phenomenon in many states - caused by torrential rains or by catastrophic events, such as Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustave and Floyd, and intense storms, such as Sandy and Irene. Vermont's drinking water program offices were literally swept away by flooding brought about by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. The Jersey Shore and New York City were brought to a standstill by the devastating effects of Superstorm Sandy in 2012. And, some states, such as Missouri and Iowa, have experienced droughts and flooding - in different corners of the state - at the same time!

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2014

From the President
Adjusting to the New Normal
Facts About North Dakota Fracking and Water Use
Meeting the Goal of Sustainable, Efficient, Affordable Rural Water Systems
Let's Be Clear - The Fire Chief Project
A Regular Job a Long Way Away
Regulatory Update
Throwing My Loop
NRWA’s First CEO, Raymond Keith (RK) Johnson, Passes Away
Index to Advertisers/
From the CEO

Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2014