Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Infographic: Timeline of American Water Infrastructure Development (1651-2011)

From small water-supply systems in the Colonial Era to massive investments in reservoirs, pumps, pipes, and treatment plants in the 20th century, America’s water infrastructure has become more complex. Now, at the start of the 21st century, many of those systems need maintenance and repairs.

In the United States, turning on the tap and receiving clean water is viewed as so basic to the quality of life that many people take it for granted. But, as this detailed and interactive timeline shows, it has been a long road to supply running water to virtually every household in the country, and maintaining these investments continues into the modern era.

Click on the interactive infographic above to learn more about the path to water infrastructure development in the United States. Click on an era at the top, then roll over an icon at the bottom for details of the event that occurred that year.

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