Water for Gotham: A History

Water for Gotham: A History

by Gerard T. Koeppel
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Princeton University Press
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Water for Gotham: A History

Water for Gotham tells the spirited story of New York's evolution as a great city by examining its struggle for that vital and basic element -- clean water. Drawing on primary sources, personal narratives, and anecdotes, Gerard Koeppel demonstrates how quickly the shallow wells of Dutch New Amsterdam were overwhelmed, leaving the English and American city beleaguered by filth, epidemics, and fires. This situation changed only when an outside water source was finally secured in 1842 -- the Croton Aqueduct, a model for urban water supplies in the United States. Koeppel's account of the developments leading up to this project reveals it as a triumph not only of inspired technology but also of political will. As New York today retakes its waterfront and boasts famous tap water, this book is a valuable reminder of how much vision and fortitude are required to make a great city function and thrive.

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ISBN-13: 9780691011394
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 03/13/2000
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 6.43(w) x 9.47(h) x 1.09(d)

Table of Contents

1"Give Us Cold Water"1
2Manahata Goes Dutch7
3English Well-Being17
4Tea Water and the Works That Weren't28
5New City, Old Trouble50
6Aaron's Water70
7Fools of Gotham102
8Catching the Croton Bug139
9The Work Begins185
10Taking the High Road?218
11Filling the "Big Teapot"246
Epilogue: New York's Water from Then to Now285

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