1. In Philadelphia, there are 3,300 miles of water mains in the city and they replace 20 miles a year. They’re on 160-year replacement cycles. One of the officials from the Philadelphia water utility said to me ‘We want to make sure we get the 20 miles right.’ That’s not a question of money, it’s a question of public resistance to digging up streets.’

    — Charles Fishman on the antiquated municipal water systems in the United States. 

  2. water

    charles fishman

    the big thirst

    philadelphia