Underground Drainage

The part of New Orleans bounded by the Mississippi River, Lake Pontchartrain, the Industrial Canal, and the 17th Street Canal is called Drainage Basin One. This area includes eight subsidiary drainage basins, called service areas, all served by mechanical pumps that carry stormwater and groundwater to Lake Pontchartrain through outfall canals. Water is collected through storm drains and gutters running along every street and channelled, often through underground pipes and culverts, to the pumps.

These drawings describe the service areas of Drainage Basin One. They explain the size and capacity of pipes, culverts, and canals; the location of the pumps; and the volume of water transported through each part of the system.

Drawing Credits
Justin Cheung, Marc Hardiejowski, Juan Robles and Scott Rosin.
Gutter to Gulf Studio 2010, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto.

Drawing credit: Gutter to Gulf Studio 2010

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