April 15, 2019, 11am PDT
The state’s aging sewage infrastructure is failing, but the cost to replace it would be monumental.
September 29, 2018, 11am PDT
The new head of the Sewage & Water Board of New Orleans comes to the job from Milwaukee, and he already has big ideas about what the city must do to prevent flooding like it experienced last summer.
August 10, 2018, 7am PDT
The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet has sounded an alarm about the state of the state's water infrastructure.
September 29, 2017, 11am PDT
In much of the world, people do not have access to toilets and sewers. To make these places safer, innovators look for cheap, easy-to-install solutions.
September 14, 2017, 2pm PDT
A series of pieces from Sidewalk Labs examines the history and context of vital urban "innovations." So far, elevators, sewers, and traffic signals have been covered.
May 12, 2017, 9am PDT
The city of San Jose and designers from the University of California, Davis have completed a community-led design process to raise awareness about the connections between the kitchen, sewers, and the environment.
December 4, 2016, 5am PST
These Atlanta neighborhoods stand to gain in the long term from the city's new permeable pavement system and water retention park. But the project has displaced some residents.
October 23, 2013, 10am PDT
London's wastewater problems go at least as far back as the 19th century, before a 1,100-mile system of tunnels was built to divert the city's waste downstream. A plan to fix that system with a tunnel financed by customer fees is raising a stink.
November 11, 2012, 5am PST
Will Hunt explores Paris beneath the surface during a 14-mile trek underground with a group of urban explorers, and finds subterranean sights to rival those found on the famous streets above.
April 8, 2011, 9am PDT
Climate change is expected to create major shifts in the amount of water and rainfall in cities in the near future. A recent symposium in Philadelphia on urban water delved into this emerging problem.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
December 9, 2010, 1pm PST
In a part of Staten Island largely developed before formal sewer systems were in place, the effort to address both logistics and environmental issues offers lessons for other urban areas.
May 22, 2010, 5am PDT
Urban water systems are immense -- and little-understood. <em>Places</em> presents this video from the Center for Urban Pedagogy looking down below the streets to illuminate the mystery city water delivery.
November 24, 2009, 6am PST
As cities grow, aging sewer systems are having trouble keeping up with increasing amounts of waste. Often, the result is sewer system overflows that end up directly in waterways.
August 13, 2009, 2pm PDT
In 1993, Jefferson County, Alabama issued $3 billion in bonds to pay for a sewer system that would serve 150,000 people. Today, their financial situation is so bad they've stopped paying creditors and are close to declaring bankruptcy.
July 31, 2009, 9am PDT
The Urban Mole is a proposed package delivery robot that uses existing sewer tunnels to deliver packages underground, taking delivery trucks off of the streets.
September 1, 2008, 1pm PDT
Sewage issues in Ottawa are bringing attention to the significant infrastructure problems associated with sprawl.
June 3, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>This piece from <em>NPR</em> looks at water issues in Nashville, Tennessee, where local officials are trying to make the city's aging infrastructure a priority for voters.</p>
May 15, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>Aging sewage systems in municipalities across the country are falling into disrepair, resulting in massive leaks and spills that threaten drinking water and public health.</p>