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Louisville Water Company Celebrates 150 Years

Monday October 18, 2010


Against the historic backdrop of one of the community’s landmarks, Louisville Water Company officially celebrated its 150th anniversary as Kentucky’s oldest public utility and the city’s first public water provider. Louisville Water Company (LWC) began operations on October 16, 1860.

Hundreds of LWC employees and Louisville residents turned out for a celebratory Open House at the Louisville Water Tower and Pumping Station on River Road. The Water Tower is the oldest and most ornamental structure of its kind still standing in the United States. The original pumping facilities were designated National Historic Landmarks in 1972 – one of only seven such designations in Louisville.

Special exhibits and tours during the Open House provided visitors with glimpses of LWC’s long history of innovation and architectural excellence. In addition, visitors were also able to view a juried art exhibit entitled Reflections on a Louisville Landmark which features a variety of artistic renderings and expressions of the Water Tower. The exhibit is a partnership between LWC and the Louisville Art Association which makes its home at the Water Tower.

During a short program, Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson called LWC, “a community treasure for having provided such a much needed service while preserving such important community history.”

LWC President and CEO Greg Heitzman thanked all of the current and past employees for their service and introduced “Water Works”, a newly published historical book highlighting the company’s 150 years through photographs, original drawings and stories. Published by Butler Books, it is available at all local bookstores and online at

Finally, an exhibit in partnership with the Frazier International History Museum opens October 23 that will give the public a chance to see some of the many artifacts from the LWC archives.