Category Archives: History

New York’s Water System

As seen on TheWashingtonPost.com:

Our water system withstood Hurricane Sandy, but the threats aren’t over

By James Salzman, Published: November 9

James Salzman, an environmental law professor at Duke University, is the author of “Drinking Water: A History.”

As the fury of Hurricane Sandy crashed into the Northeast last month, online postings along the storm’s path recounted the collapse of one service after another — no lights, no heat, no phones, no subway and, ultimately, no Internet. But amid the darkened buildings and flooded subways of Lower Manhattan, one service remained largely intact and, as a result, largely ignored: the water supply. As Mayor Michael Bloomberg confidently tweeted, “NYC Tap Water is absolutely safe to drink.”

Scientific American Review

Recommended: Drinking Water

By Marissa Fessenden

Drinking Water: A History 
by James Salzman

Overlook Press, 2012

Salzman’s account of drinking water makes the liquid seem as mythic as the fountain of youth. He explores the engineering, politics and health implications surrounding humans’ quest for water, as well as the toxins and changing climate that threaten our supply. The history includes how physician John Snow methodically traced an 1854 cholera outbreak to a single water pump in London, New York City’s evolution from a disease-ridden metropolis to one that boasts about its tap water, and the innovative technologies that may avert global water poverty.

Learn more about Drinking Water at http://drinkingwaterhistory.com/

Tap Water vs Bottled Water

As seen on OverlookPress.com:

Learn more about Drinking Water by Duke professor James Salzman here.