Using Water in the Aftermath of Wildfires

Andrew Whelton, a professor of of civil engineering and environmental and ecological engineering at Purdue University, is helping communities recover from wildfires.

via Purdue University

The studies Whelton has published since assisting with these two wildfires have attracted the attention of other disaster response groups, which now routinely call on him for input on the best way to decontaminate a water system. When he gets these calls, Whelton rounds up some students and hops on a plane.

These trips with coolers could get more frequent in the years to come. Fire seasons have been getting longer, and the Western U.S. has experienced an increasing number of wildfire disasters over the past few years.

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