Originally posted by Dallas
Wondering if there are past occurences dealing with proven long term drinking water pollutants with this type of serious flooding?
Keep in mind that the floor waters are not drinking water. I'm not sure where NOLA's drinking water comes from, but I am sure that it is treated and tested prior to being pumped into the ciy water system.
That does bring up an intersting issue. Given the possibility that some of the floodwaters will have siphoned back into the drinking water system, the city engineers will have to thouroughly flush and disinfect the system before allowing people to use it. Ultimately, they will only be able to test it so far. It will be up to the individual home owners to ensure thattheir house piping is clean. Also, I would expect a lot of broken mains to start showing up when they restart the city systems.