The Wachusett Reservoir in Clinton, Massachusetts, USA.

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The wachusett reservoir – The wachusett aqueduct was completed, and the Nashua river 37.5 miles long, a tributary of the Merrimack River in Massachusetts and New Hampshire in the United States, was taken for the metropolitan water supply in 1898,  and the Wachusett dam, and the wachusett reservoir were completed in 1906.

At the time of its completion, it was the largest public water supply in the world, and today, it remains part of the greater Boston’s water supply.

The dam is maintained by the (MWRA) Massachusetts Water Resource Authority.

Source Elevation/Yield Transmission
Means
Storage
Destination
Water Mains
Wachusett
Reservoir
395’/118 mgd*


65 billion gallons

Wachusett
Aqueduct
Weston
Reservoir
Weston Aqueduct Supply Mains

 

The 10 years project brought thousands of Italians and Poles immigrant workers, Clinton already had a large Irish population.

The construction included removing many churches, factories, homes, and 3,816 bodies from a catholic cemetery, and moved to St. John’s Cemetery in Lancaster, MA.

Source Height Lenght Average Dept Max. Dept 
Wachusett
Reservoir
205 ft. 965 ft. 48 ft. 120 ft.

The walkway on top of the dam has been closed since the 1970’s, and after September 11, the military was stationed at the dam for several years, in 2005 the walkway was opened for the 100 anniversary of the dam, but it remains closed as of today.

The Clinton dam is a marvelous architecture and achievement of engineers, built at a time where the main source of power was steam, today it stands as a beautiful man made structure.

A great place for a walk, for a picnic, and to admire the gracious construction.

Images of the Clinton dam:

 

Article and images Sources:

MWRA : http://www.mwra.state.ma.us/04water/html/hist4.htm

Digital Commonwealth:  https://www.digitalcommonwealth.org/search/commonwealth:vt150k42b

Mixbook : https://www.mixbook.com/photo-books/education/the-wachusett-dam-8210334?vk=PPxIht6yAx

Nickknackoo: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Nickknack00

The telegram: http://www.telegram.com/article/20101231/NEWS/12310499

Eduardo Ribeiro : http://www.artificialroutine.com/about/

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