Water, Water Everywhere?

Subtitle: City’s H20 supply once came piped through wooden mains
Source: Frederick News Post
Author: Ike Wilson
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Date Published: 12/27/2005
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Frederick’s drinking water has come a long way. Water treatment in the 1800s and early 1900s consisted of removing twigs and animals by using screens. Water supplied by wells and springs was distributed through wooden pipes in the 1820s. Frederick’s wooden water mains proved unreliable, and by 1845 the city spent $90,000 for a new system, according to Fred Eisenhart, the city’s public works director. Just last year the city’s public works employees dug up a piece of the wooden water main that at one time serviced a lot on West Patrick Street, Mr. Eisenhart said. Today, the city’s 14-employee water department maintains more than 215 miles of water main and 2,500 fire hydrants, and services 17,424 meters.