This is an original study of the Catskill Aqueduct in 1917. A discussion of the earliest sources of water on Manhattan Island and the efforts, as the city grew, to provide fresh water from distant sources. This vast conduit brought water 125 miles from several Catskill region watersheds to New York City.
This book, written in 1917, is a 300-year history of the water needs of New York City and the attempts to provide an adequate water supply for the inhabitants. As part of this history, the original fire protection plans are discussed and the establishment of the New York City Fire Department is outlined. Enough information is provided to give the reader an historical perspective of the machinations behind New York City’s drive towards securing a pure water supply.
It wasn’t until the early 1900’s that the city fathers formed a municipal water board to fund the idea of tapping the huge water resources of the Catskill Mountains. Thus, the Catskill Aqueduct, an engineering feat unequaled in its time, was constructed.