Letters: Build smarter to protect water supply
Brady Skaggs | The Advocate
January 17 set off a succession of uncommon events in southeast Louisiana. First came the cancellation notices for schools. Then came ice, frozen roads, frozen pipes, and no water. Coffee houses were shuttered with no flowing potable water, hospitals and airports struggled to keep services running and home water boil advisories were issued.
First, we were advised to leave a sink trickle running, and then, in some areas, residents were warned pressure was critically low and to shut off the flow.
So how can two days of cold weather bring this region to its knees? For a large portion of Louisiana, we have built elevated homes to mitigate flooding, but that leaves our pipes under those homes outside the building insulation and unprotected…(Read the full story)