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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. p. iii
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. Contents
  2. p. ix
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xiii-xv
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  1. Map of Hartford, 1836
  2. p. xvii
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  1. Map of the Trout Brook System
  2. p. xix
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  1. Map of the Complete MDC System
  2. p. xxi
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  1. Chapter 1 The Muddling Years
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. Chapter 2 The Breakthrough
  2. pp. 17-37
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  1. Chapter 3 Building A Water Company
  2. pp. 38-62
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  1. Chapter 4 The River Water Deteriorates
  2. pp. 63-98
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  1. Chapter 5 The Dam Collapse of 1867
  2. pp. 99-118
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  1. Chapter 6 The Drought of the 1870s
  2. pp. 119-155
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  1. Chapter 7 Completion of the Trout Brook System
  2. pp. 156-171
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  1. Chapter 8 The Nepaug Dam & Reservoir
  2. pp. 172-193
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  1. Chapter 9 Graduation To Regional Supplier
  2. pp. 194-210
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  1. Chapter 10 The East Branch Valley
  2. pp. 211-233
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  1. Chapter 11 The Barkhamsted Reservoir
  2. pp. 234-252
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  1. Chapter 12 A Circle Within A Cycle
  2. pp. 253-268
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  1. Afterword
  2. pp. 269-270
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  1. Author’s Notes
  2. pp. 271-310
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 311-318
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780819571021
Related ISBN
9780819570802
MARC Record
OCLC
726747151
Pages
352
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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