By now you’ve probably heard about the city’s massive water mains.
But there’s a bigger story about Detroit.
It’s not a big city, or even a metropolis, like you might think, but rather a giant sponge.
Detroit has two of the largest water marts in the country, which make up more than 70% of the water that comes in each day.
The city has one of the highest water demand per capita in the U.S. at a whopping 3,400 cubic feet per person per day.
It also has the third highest annual per capita consumption of water in the nation at 5,300 cubic feet.
But it’s not just that the city has huge water needs, it’s also that Detroit has one the largest amounts of urban sponges.
Sponges are typically used to treat sewage and stormwater.
They’re also the primary means of transporting water for homes and businesses, and are a crucial part of the cityscape.
They are often seen lining streets, in parking lots, and along highways.
But the city is home to some of the country’s most amazing sponge cities.
While many people know of Detroit’s iconic lakefront, the city also has some incredible sponge cities as well.
Here are 10 amazing sponge-themed neighborhoods in the Detroit area.