Hurricane Maria's Wake: Mapping Puerto Rico's Water and Wastewater Service
Authors: Richie Kent, David Patterson
On September 20th, 2017, Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico and left the entire island in darkness. Water and wastewater systems depend on electricity to run pump stations and treatment systems to deliver clean water and dispose of sanitary wastewater. We created mobile apps for tracking emergency generators to over 2000 facilities. We used Python to rapidly delineate service areas for each facility, using network feature classes, giving real-time service area status updates.