How Alabama taps water in a drought
Barbados is bracing for an unusually cold and wet winter, with tap water in many homes having been turned off and some wells not working.
The state’s governor said he will issue emergency orders Friday to shut down state water systems and to suspend drinking water for at least 30 days to prevent water shortages.
He also ordered that all schools be closed for three days and that children in the affected areas must wear full-face masks.
In Alabama, there are more than 100 counties with an average of over 300,000 residents.
The state has been under a state of emergency since early last year because of an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease.
There are still many unanswered questions about what the outbreak means for the state.
The governor has been calling for answers from the federal government, but there have been no new cases in the state since February.
States and territories are in a constant state of crisis as millions of people continue to struggle with shortages of essential items.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.