Water for Hartford: The Story of the Hartford Water Works and the Metropolitan District Commission by Kevin MurphyWater for Hartford: The Story of the Hartford Water Works and the Metropolitan District Commission by Kevin Murphy

Water for Hartford: The Story of the Hartford Water Works and the Metropolitan District Commission

byKevin Murphy

Hardcover | June 1, 2010

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As good health is inextricably wedded to pure drinking water—and this particular concern looms larger every day—understanding delivery systems is almost as important as the water itself. Water for Hartford chronicles the century-long effort, beginning in the 1850s, to construct a viable, efficient water system. The story of Hartford’s water works is a fascinating one, for it recalls the hard work, great sacrifice, and extraordinary engineering feats necessary to deliver wholesome drinking water to a growing urban center. It also illuminates the ever-changing social, political, and economic milieu in which it was built.

The story of its construction is also the story of three men—Hiram Bissell, Ezra Clark, and Caleb Saville. Readers are transported back in time and given a firsthand glimpse of what these champions of a water system faced on a daily basis: unforgiving geography, venal politicians, and an often-indifferent public. The book culminates in the exhilaration of having built a water works from scratch to deliver clean, safe drinking water to the masses. Water for Hartford is a human story, peopled by men of vision and achievement, who understood that their decisions and actions would affect millions of people for decades to come.
KEVIN MURPHY is a writer whose interest in water systems dates back to fly-fishing trips in the West Branch Valley of the Farmington River—below the Metropolitan District Commission’s Hogback Reservoir. A 1971 graduate of Villanova University, he worked at the Hartford Courant through the 1970s and then ran a successful building busine...
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Title:Water for Hartford: The Story of the Hartford Water Works and the Metropolitan District CommissionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:June 1, 2010Publisher:Wesleyan University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:081957080X

ISBN - 13:9780819570802

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Table of Contents

Dedication
Acknowledgments
Contents
Preface
Introduction
Map of Hartford, 1836
Map of the Trout Brook System
Map of the Complete MDC System
The Muddling Years
The Breakthrough
Building A Water Company
The River Water Deteriorates
The Dam Collapse of 1867
The Drought of the 1870s
Completion of the Trout Brook System
The Nepaug Dam & Reservoir
Graduation To Regional Supplier
The East Branch Valley
The Barkhamsted Reservoir
A Circle Within A Cycle
Afterword
Author’s Notes
Index