Occasionally, towers of ilium steps back from its idiotic ramblings and discusses a topic that is fundamental to the health and well-being of humans. In this case, we direct attention towards Quabbin Reservoir. This system of artificial lakes is the second step in a system that brings water to the Boston Metro region. It speaks to a time of more powerful eminent domain and forward-thinking by engineers and public servants. Its current administration seems to be deeply committed to its original mission and also looks to the future with plans for continued upgrades and redundancy programs.
A public water and waste treatment system is the foundation of a healthy population. Clean springs and streams, along with a few hand dug wells, works okay for the rustic adventurer, but for a group of people that wants to settle down in one place a massive infrastructure is called for. Roads are nice, shelter is important, and jobs are good, but water is king.