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Consider A Location With Abundant Water Your editorial on “water worries” (see: Water Worries Aren’t Dampening) highlights the importance of water, and the problems resulting from neglecting it. Engineers often assume there will be an abundant supply of suitable water, but this is simply not true for much of the world, and even for much of the U.S.However, let me say, on behalf of everyone from Chicago to Buffalo and from Detroit to Duluth, “If you need lots of good quality water, come back to the great lakes! We’ve got plenty!” There’s no excuse to waste it, or pollute it, but water is the region’s greatest natural advantage. Paul R. Young, research…

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    Consider A Location With Abundant Water Your editorial on “water worries” (see: Water Worries Aren’t Dampening) highlights the importance of water, and the problems resulting from neglecting it. Engineers often assume there will be an abundant supply of suitable water, but this is simply not…

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