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Water Works Exhibit Opens at Frazier International History Museum

Monday October 25, 2010

    Early 19th century settlers in Louisville quenched their thirst at their own risk. In 1860, Louisville Water Company (LWC) was founded and helped to virtually wipe out cases of typhoid and cholera caused by drinking water. On October 23, a century and a half later, the Frazier International History Museum opens “Water Works: 150 Years of Louisville Water Company,” an interactive exhibit highlighting the company’s history of innovation and public service.

    This interactive experience features video and memorabilia, including photographs, original architectural renderings and a model of the Water Tower landmark for which the company is known. Follow Louisville’s progress from a city so infamous for unsafe water it was nicknamed the “Graveyard of the West,” to receiving the award for “Best Tasting Tap Water in the Country” by the American Water Works Association. Learn the process behind pumping 130 million gallons of water a day when you experience how the old water pump was operated manually, as opposed to the electronics pumps of today. Get an inside look at purification systems and how they operate.

    “We are excited that through this partnership we will be able to tell our unique story in such powerful and visual ways,” said Louisville Water Company President and CEO Greg Heitzman. “As we revisit our history, we can also celebrate the incredible innovation that we have brought to this community the past 150 years.”

    As part of Frazier’s presentation of “Water Works,” visitors are invited to bring pennies, dimes, nickels and quarters to “drop in the bucket.” The Frazier Museum will collect this change to raise money for EDGE OUTREACH, a Louisville Water Company partner and international organization headquartered in Louisville. EDGE works to train, equip and mobilize people to provide sustainable water, sanitation and health and hygiene solutions throughout the world. Donations to the “Drop in the Bucket” campaign will purchase supplies and equipment for their work purifying water in places such as Haiti and India.

    Throughout the run of the exhibit, October 23 through May 1, Frazier Museum education staff and Louisville Water Company educators are partnering to present additional insights into “Water Works” and the history of the company by offering special school programs, including guided field trips, professional development for teachers and a combination field trip with the Louisville Science Center.

    Additionally, the Frazier Museum will host a free“BITE OF HISTORY” lunchtime lecture on November 18 at 12 p.m. discussing the impact of Louisville Water Company on this community and beyond. More information on the “Water Works” exhibit, which is included with the cost of museum admission, is available at www.fraziermuseum.org.