Leadership

WATER SUPPLY OF BALTIMORE

Issue 24 and Volume 36.

WATER SUPPLY OF BALTIMORE Specially written for FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING. The idea of building a waterworks system at Baltimore may be said to have had its origin in the year 1792, when the Maryland legislature passed a supplementary act to “erect and establish an insurance company in Baltimore county,” the ninth section of which allowed a waterworks company to be established. The town became a city in 1797, but it was not until 1800, when, after public attention had been directed by a visitation of yellow fever to the necessity of good and pure water, the act of 1800, chapter 77, was passed, enabling the mayor and city council to introduce water into the city. In 1803 an ordinance was passed creating a board of twelve commissioners, with authority to introduce into the city a supply of water. The project, however, of obtaining a water supply from what was…

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