Back in March, the New York Times featured DC WASA’s (now DC Water) new director, George Hawkins, talking about the challenges of dealing with aging water and sewer infrastructure in American cities. The piece lays out the challenges facing most American cities, currently resting on our laurels of the investments from previous generations:
For decades, these
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Via Matt Yglesias, a great chart from the recent Gold Medal hockey game between Canada and the US in Vancouver. When 2/3rds of the entire country is watching, you know it’s a big deal.
This chart looks at the water consumption in Edmonton, Alberta over the course of the game – comparing it to the day
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Ever wonder where all that road salt comes from? A question that’s quite topical today. Mammoth has a post up on an operating salt mine beneath the city of Detroit.
Detroit Salt Mine
John Nystuen has a discussion of the legal implications, acquiring mineral rights for salt 1,000 feet below the surface of an active city.
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