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WaterWorld Weekly - Dec. 16, 2013

Fri, 13 Dec 2013|

Water pipe theft worsens Detroit woes; PVC price increase projected; Chesapeake area flooding impacted by sinking land; New maps help England prepare for flooding



[MUSIC] Hi, I'm Angela Godwin from WaterWorld Magazine, bringing you this week's water and waste water news headlines. Coming up, water pipe theft worsens Detroit woes. PVC price increase projected. Chesapeake area flooding impacted by sinking land. New maps help England prepare for flooding. [NOISE] With its 18 billion dollar bankruptcy filing in late November, Detroit has plenty to worry about. Well, the Associated Press says it can add broken water pipes to the list. The AP investigation found that water pipes in vacant buildings have become attractive targets for thieves hoping to sell the metal for scrap. Vandalized pipes are responsible for leaks and flooding across the city, many of them leaking for years. According to the Associated Press city officials don't know how much water is being lost but in a city with more than 30,000 abandoned buildings. It's likely to be significant. If you're sourcing PVC in the near future, you may be paying a little more for it. Prices for PVC in the US are set to go up $0.05 per pound in the first two months of 2014, according to market analysts at PetroChem Wire. They attribute the increase to stronger prices for the ethylene used to make. PVC and strong PVC export markets. Pipe manufactures, they say, could have a tough time passing the increases along the customers given the tenuous state of US housing recovery. Rather, we could see a three cent per pound hike for January followed by a two cent per pound increase for February. For coastal communities and habitats in the Southern Chesapeake Bay region, it may be a sink and swim situation. A new report from the US Geological Survey finds that flood risk in the region is exacerbated by sinking land, caused in large part by intensive ground water withdrawals. The sinking land, or land subsidence can be influenced by a variety of things, but. But chief among them at least in the Norfolk area is aquifer system compaction caused by extensive groundwater pumping. The USGS report suggests that changing groundwater management practices could slow or mitigate land subsidence and relative sea level rise. For more information, visit water.usgs.gov. In international news, the U.K.'s environment agency has released improved flood maps, showing areas of the countries at risk from surface water flooding. And the numbers have gone down. Previous estimates put 3.8 million properties at risk from surface water flooding, but. The improved mapping has reduced that figure to around three million. The environment agency says the new maps will not only help homeowners prepare for flooding, but will also help local authorities manage surface water flood risk as required by legislation passed in 2010. [SOUND]. For Water World Magazine, I'm Angela Goodwin. Thanks for watching. [MUSIC]

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