The New Orleans water management system revolves around the control (failure to control) how water engages the urban condition.

Aside from the incredible drainage canals present in the quickest-subsiding neighborhoods, my favorite paradox is the groundwater/tap/sewage condition.

It turns out that the efforts to 1. pump water out of the city to maintain a dry ground plane, and 2. the containment of water & sewage in underground pipes– are actually resulting in the funding of freshwater springs throughout the city.  Lovely!

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“The system works really well until it doesn’t, and then it doesn’t work at all.”