Armchair spelunking in Richmond’s pipes

When a cast iron water main broke in Richmond’s Fan neighborhood this January, it sparked a question in the minds of Richmonders and local journalists: “Wait, our water mains are still made of cast iron?” Susan Howson over at RVA News delved into the issue a little deeper, interested in the history of Richmond’s first wooden water pipes, storm water and sewer drains, the notorious combined sewer overflow, and associated mysteries under the city streets. Happily, she was excited to incorporate the archaeological take on municipal sanitation, even if she was often suitably grossed out! Check out her piece over at the RVA News site: Coming down the pipe: RVA water and sewage infrastructure
(Note: Post contains slightly PG language).