America's fresh water is in danger. The Great Lakes hold roughly 20% of the world’s surface freshwater, and Lake Erie alone provides drinking water to more than 11 million residents in the United States. But serious water quality, access and infrastructure problems are threatening our fresh water future.
Both Chicago and Toledo were built upon swamps on the coast of the Great Lakes, and both are facing increasingly erratic lake water levels and weather patterns. But differing natural and manmade geographies mean one city will probably feel the effects of climate change sooner and more severely.
We turn on the tap to get water, and we flush the toilet to send it away. But the “invisible infrastructure” behind these conveniences is a system that’s not only complex, but also problematic in a world where increasingly unpredictable weather patterns are straining our aging infrastructure.
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