Detroit Infrastructure: Poised for a New Beginning

By: Sean J. Kelley PE, MBA and Theodore A. McNeal

The City of Detroit is a place with an iconic history associated with U.S. manufacturing output, the “Motown Sound” and cutting–edge transportation infrastructure that established it as a world-class city during the 20th Century. As with any song, rhythm and movement changes are common; so it is with the City of Detroit.

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Engineering Better Health

It’s been said the profession that has done the most to advance human health and longevity is civil engineering, in consideration of the virtual elimination of typhus and other waterborne diseases in the U.S. via water purification/disinfection and wastewater treatment. Considering engineering in toto, this assertion is even more true today, with advanced water treatment practices and the diagnostic and surgical equipment and systems that are the products of the engineering profession.

When we consider advances in human health, we naturally think of state-of-the-art medical centers rather than what comes out of our taps and is discharged to our lakes and rivers, but potable water and treated wastewater are actually a first line of defense against disease. Continue reading Engineering Better Health

Hydrocity- Rethinking Runoff Water

In the year 2163, the city of Hydrocity is located where Detroit existed 150 years ago. The Hydrocity region has the largest source of fresh water in the world. 150 years ago Detroit and its water system was highly polluted due to inadequate sewer systems, poor drainage, industry and agriculture. These systems directly dumped into the lakes and rivers of the Detroit area watershed. The water in this region was unusable for drinking, recreation and wildlife. Hydrocity solves the problem of run off through porous pavement and rain water collection systems, and advanced sewage separation which separates sewage from gray water. Hydrocity is now a city with clean waterways, and thriving fishing and recreation industries. The end result is a city with a growing population of 2.4 million citizens. People are now moving into and visiting this clean, water rich community.

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