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Crescent Hill Filtration Plant, Reservoir & Gatehouse Named State Historic Marker Sites

Thursday March 25, 2010

Louisville Water Company’s (LWC) Crescent Hill Filtration Plant, Reservoir and Courtesy of LWC Employee Michael SteppGatehouse were named state historic marker sites by the Kentucky Historical Society. A historic marker was installed at the base of the Reservoir and will be unveiled on Friday, March 26 at 11:00am. Louisville Metro Mayor Jerry Abramson and LWC President and CEO Greg Heitzman will join the Kentucky Historical Society in the dedication ceremony. Afterwards, guests can step inside the historic Gatehouse at the Reservoir to view the original valves from 1879, drawings and photographs highlighting LWC’s history.

The Crescent Hill Filtration Plant opened in 1909 culminating landmark experiments in filtration at LWC. The plant included 6 filters made of sand and gravel that removed sediment and germs. Today the Filtration Plant includes 33 filter beds.

The Reservoir and Gatehouse opened in 1879. Crews removed tons of dirt and rock to create a 110-million gallon basin that allowed sediment to settle from the Ohio River water. The most notable feature is the Gatehouse, which controlled the rush of water in and out of the Reservoir. After the facility opened, LWC’s President said the Reservoir would be a “pleasant attraction” for people of Louisville. Today the site is a favorite walking spot!

2010 is LWC’s 150th anniversary of pumping operations. This event marks the start of a year-long community celebration of the company’s history and innovation.