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Louisville Water Company Hosts Walking Wednesdays at Crescent Hill Gatehouse

Tuesday May 3, 2011

Step inside the Crescent Hill Gatehouse again this year and learn the history and innovation behind Louisville Water Company


Based on its popularity, Louisville Water Company (LWC) will bring back its free tour of the Crescent Hill Reservoir and Gatehouse. Last year, over 2,000 local residents learned how LWC produces millions of gallons of drinking water every day and got an inside look at LWC’s operation and history during “Walking Wednesdays.”


“Walking Wednesdays” is a family-friendly tour of LWC’s Crescent Hill Reservoir and Gatehouse. Each Wednesday from May 11 through September 28, an LWC representative will be at the Gatehouse for a guided tour of the historic building.  Visitors can also view archival photos, film and original drawings of the facilities then take a healthy walk around the Reservoir.


The Reservoir and Gatehouse opened in 1879 as part of LWC’s quest to provide the city with a larger supply of drinking water.  The Reservoir is a settling basin where sediment settles from Ohio River water.  The Gatehouse contains the original valves used in the 1800s to allow water to move in and out of the reservoir.  The building, modeled after a similar structure along the Rhine River in Germany, is Gothic architecture with ornamental details inside and out.


Walking Wednesday Specifics

Walking Wednesday, 11am to 1 pm and 6-8pm, May 11 through September 28, 2011

▪Free, guided tour of the historic Gatehouse and Reservoir

▪Reservoir is located on Reservoir Avenue, across from the Crescent Hill Filtration Plant, 3014 Frankfort Avenue 

▪Lightning will cancel the event

▪Groups larger than 10 or those needing special assistance, email