An Underground Guide to Sewers: Or: Down, Through and Out in Paris, London, New York &c

MIT. 2019. 256p. ISBN 9780262043342. $34.95. REF
Disposing of water and human waste has been a pressing concern since the formation of human societies. Engineering feats have shunted materials around, with varying degrees of success, for more than 3,000 years. Halliday (Water: A Turbulent History) showcases his deep knowledge of history and engineering, from the use of stone drains in ancient Pakistan to dams in Australia to today’s anaerobic digester tanks and the low-cost OmniProcessor. Maps and photos abound, though captions are occasionally difficult to read.
VERDICT Readers will never again flush a toilet without marveling at this miracle of convenience and sanitation. A quirky and delightful asset for most libraries.
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