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Features of the Water System of Richmond

Issue 18 and Volume 61.

Features of the Water System of Richmond The original water works plant at Richmond, Va., was constructed by municipal capital in 1830, using the James River as the source of supply. A reservoir was built and pumps installed of sufficient capacity to Supply a city of 16,000 population. Water was pumped from the river into the reservoir which was at a sufficient elevation to supply the highest points of the city at that time. But the thriving city was not to be confined to the narrow valley along the James River as it spread rapidly along the territory on the surrounding seven hills. At first there were very few individual services, in some instances as many as a dozen families securing water from a single hydrant, and the per capita consumption was very low. With the installation of sewers and increase in the number of private connections, additional pumps and…

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