Questions to answer on Sedlak's book, Chs. 1-3.  Turn in on Monday.  On paper.

 

Sedlak

p. 4:  Why did the Romans decorate their water infrastructure?  I.e. Ornate fountains and highly decorated water works. 

No need to answer.  We discussed it in class.

 

Our modern water infrastructure is mostly invisible.  How might elevating the aesthetic status of our water infrastructure help with the many problems we are currently having with water?

 

No need to answer.  We discussed it in class.

 

 

pp. 11-12:  Say a few things about urine.  You might want to do a little internets exploration to add to your observations. 

No need to answer.  We discussed it in class.

 


 

p. 24, mid-page:  "The wastes were so valuable that the rent of an apartment would increase if the number of people living in the house, and hence the amount of solid waste produced, decreased." 

 

Explain the above sentence.  Why would rent increase?

 

 

 

Now rewrite the sentence so that it is clearer.  That clause, "and hence the amount of solid waste produced," is ugly. 

 

 

 

Illustrate something from Chapters 1 or 2.  Show what Sedlak describes.

   Suggestions: A better diagram of a 3-tiered fountain, the walls and fountains of Siena, collecting water from a well, public toilets over a sewer, lead pipes and valves, water slowing technology on the aqueducts, night soil collectors, sediment settling, medieval back-yard gardens, waste chutes on medieval houses, a map... whatever.  Do this on paper and turn it in.

 


Ch3: Europe's Sewage Crisis (pp. 26-40)

(pp. 27- 36) How did London and Paris differ in their relationship to sewage?

 

 

 

In the 19th century Europe started importing fertilizer from places like Chile and Peru.  This cheap imported fertilizer was better than the fertilizer made from human waste.  This relatively inexpensive fertilizer hastened the end of "sewage farming," which required more land as more sewage was produced.  Poke around the internets and see if you can find out more about this source of fertilizer from Chile and Peru.  Jot down a few things you discover.