Providing Water for America’s Cities
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press
Series: History of the Urban Environment
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A common and oft-repeated statement is that “water is the next oil.” Nothing could be farther from the truth. The comparisons, of course, are understandable. Oil has become scarcer and more expensive. We have reached peak oil and the world faces a downward spiral—fast or slowly depending upon who you believe—to the bottom of that energy barrel. Fresh water, too, is a finite resource with demand...
Chapter 1: “Improving” Rivers in America: From the Revolution to the Progressive Era
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This chapter was extracted from a book I coauthored with David Billington and D. C. Jackson, The History of Large Federal Dams: Planning, Design, and Construction, which was underwritten by the Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the National Park Service (NPS). Although dealing with “federal involvement in dam construction” in general, the book gave greater focus to the West, where many...
Chapter 2: How Bad Theory Can Lead to Good Technology: Water Supply and Sewerage in the age of Miasmas
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This chapter grew out of research for my book The Sanitary City. It was first presented as a paper in 1998 at a small conference, “Inventing for the Environment,” convened by the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. The intent of the conference...
Chapter 3: Pure and Plentiful: The Development of Modern Waterworks in the United States, 1880–2000
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This chapter was a distillation of draft sections from The Sanitary City on waterworks prepared for a special issue of Water Policy, the official journal of the World Water Council. Edited by Martin Reuss, formerly of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Office of History, the topic of the special issue was “Historical Perspectives on Global Water...
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Page Count: 304
Publication Year: 2011
Series Title: History of the Urban Environment