The City of Detroit thrives on resiliency. At the core of its resiliency is the passionate and proactive ethic of its citizens. When policy makers leave you high-and-dry you either sink or swim.
In the summer of 2014 this spirit became essential. Due to the $19 billion debt, the Detroit Water Department began shutting-off water service to residents unable to pay their own debt- often without adequate warning.
In keeping with this resilient and DIY spirit, proposed is an alternative residential water infrastructure repurposing a resource Detroit has in excess: abandoned homes.
Not only are these homes relevant in their quantity, but they have already played a role in both the problem and [temporary] solution. Empty and unmonitored, they are prone to significant leaks which leads to more debt for the municipal supplier which leads to more shut-offs. Additionally, some who have had their water shut-off use abandoned homes as a source of clean water by stealing it from the exterior spigot. This theft of course leads to more debt for municipal supplier which again leads to more shut-offs.
The proposed network of structures can be scaled up and down and placed throughout Detroit- and beyond. Each unit of a complete and independent systems relies exclusively on precipitation and is made up of five primary components:
1. Collector house
2. Blackwater house
3. Grey water house
4. White water house
5. Water tower house [storage and dissemination]
repel // catch
Map above illustrated running water complaints filed to the city be residents between 6/2015-5/2016. Each ring represents +50 complaints.