At the wrong end of the urban cycle

failbetter

Senior Member
Chinese - Mandarin
Two New York detectives found a manhole in the middle of a wood. They started the following dialog.

-What do you think? Storm sewer?
-I think you're close, but you're at the wrong end of the urban cycle. We're standing directly above part of the Catskill Aqueduct. What we see below us is New York city's drinking water.

What does the underlined part mean?
 
  • RedwoodGrove

    Senior Member
    English, USA
    It is kind of a misnomer to say the "end" of a cycle, which by definition is circular. In any case the urban cycle here would be first, clean drinking water, then use, then down the sewer. They are standing over a clean water supply, not a sewer pipe.

    Now, to complicate things even further, a "storm" sewer is there to collect excess rain water, so it has nothing to do with any urban cycle.

    The whole thing is a little illogical.
     

    failbetter

    Senior Member
    Chinese - Mandarin
    It is kind of a misnomer to say the "end" of a cycle, which by definition is circular. In any case the urban cycle here would be first, clean drinking water, then use, then down the sewer. They are standing over a clean water supply, not a sewer pipe.

    Now, to complicate things even further, a "storm" sewer is there to collect excess rain water, so it has nothing to do with any urban cycle.

    The whole thing is a little illogical.
    Got it. Thanks a lot.
     
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