Contamination

Three hundred thousand residents in nine counties in W.Va, including the state capital have gone without tap water since Thursday due to a massive chemical spill into the Elk River. All uses except flushing are off-limits. How much longer is unknown.
Jan 13, 2014   The New York Times
<em>Grist</em> delves into the responses and repercussions of a recent <em>New York Times</em> story about contaminated water in Pittsburgh caused by a method of extracting natural gas known as hydraulic fracturing or fracking.
Mar 5, 2011   Grist
With more than 11,000 acres of brownfield sites in New York City sitting underused due to contamination, officials there want to get things cleaned up and reused. Urban designer Kaja Kühl offers this field guide to small-scale bioremediation to help.
Nov 7, 2010   Urban Omnibus
New York City has garnered new powers to institute cleanups on moderately contaminated sites, which could help revive hundreds of spots in the city that have sat empty or unused for years.
Oct 5, 2010   The Architect's Newspaper
Urban runoff and contaminated water are creating major ecological damage, even in the United States. One design competition has the goal of rethinking how we handle this crucial resource.
Sep 14, 2010   Metropolis
American drinking water meets federal safety standards, but some say it's only because those standards are far too low and don't accurately reflect the potential for contamination.
Dec 18, 2009   The New York Times
New public space has opened in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in an unlikely place. The new park sits a few feet above the contaminated grounds of a deactivated municipal incinerator.
Aug 4, 2009   Metropolis
Contaminated water is bad news for cities, unless nobody knows about it. This post from <em>Good</em> looks at some of the most notorious water contamination cover ups in recent U.S. history.
Jul 21, 2009   Good
<p>This slideshow from <em>Popular Science</em> looks at some of the most heavily polluted cities in the world.</p>
Jun 28, 2008   Popular Science