Documentary History of American Water-works

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Ohio Sandusky

Sandusky, Ohio

Sandusky was incorporated as a city in 1845.

The city built a water works that pumped water into a standpipe using two Worthington steam engines.  Water was first supplied on September 21, 1876.  The outer standpipe was 180 feet high and 25 feet in diameter, with a second, high service standpipe inside, 229 feet high and 3 feet in diameter.

Water Works Plant in 1877

The water works plant and standpipe were destroyed in a tornado on June 28, 1924. 

Standpipe under construction (1875) Standpipe after 1924 tornado Standpipe after 1924 tornado

A new plant at Big Island began service late in 1940.

Water is supplied by the city of Sandusky.

1875 Report of Council Committee on Water Works for city of Sandusky, with estimate and report of J.D. Cook, C.E. : also, message of Mayor, reply of trustees, and report of Citizens' Committee of Toledo.

1876 "Water Works Opened," The Sandusky Daily Register, September 22, 1876, Page 4.
The Water Works were opened yesterday and all the pipes east of Columbus avenue and south of Washington street were filled.  A pipe bursted on Washington street, but the supply pipe for the block where the accident occurred was shut off, and the break will be repaired immediately.  The whole city can be supplied with water in a day or two.

1876 First Annual Report of the Trustees of the Sandusky Water Works, From Date of Organization to December 31, 1876.  Together with the Reports of the Chief Engineer, Superintendent and Secretary, also the Laws, Regulations and Tariff of Water Rates. | also here (partial) |

1876 The Worthington Steam Pumping Engine: History of Its Invention and Development, by By Henry R. Worthington
Pages 102-104:  1875 - Report of Council Committee on Water-works for the City of Sandusky, Ohio.  Recommending the Adoption of the Worthington Engine.
Pages 120-123:  1877 - Sandusky Water-works. - Description from "The Register," November 6.

1877 Sandusky Board of Education Water Contract, October 31, 1877

1877 "Sandusky Water Works," The Sandusky Daily Register, November 5, 1877, Page 2.
A Full Description of Our Most Valuable Public Enterprise.

1881 Sandusky, from Engineering News 8:304  (July 30, 1881)

1882 Sandusky from "The Water-Supply of Certain Cities and Towns of the United States," by Walter G. Elliot, C. E., Ph. D.

1886 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Sandusky, Erie County, Ohio. August, 1886.
Sheet 17 shows city water works and standpipe

1886 "The Sandusky Stand-Pipe," by J. D. Cook,  Engineering News 16:316 (November 13, 1886)

1888 "Sandusky," from Manual of American Water Works, Volume 1.

1889 History of Erie County Ohio: With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers, by Lewis Cass Aldrich
Pages 324-327:  The City Water Works.

1890 "Sandusky," from Manual of American Water Works, Volume 2.

1891 "Sandusky," from Manual of American Water Works, Volume 3.

1893 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Sandusky, Erie County, Ohio
Sheet 19 shows city water works and standpipe

1897 "Sandusky," from Manual of American Water Works, Volume 4.

1901 "Secretary of Sandusky Water Works," Akron Daily Democrat, March 26, 1901, Page 1.
Under arrest for embezzlement, accounts short $12,782.86.  W. J. Affleck

1907 "Sore Because It Didn't Get the News Register Resorts to Mud Slinging," The Sandusky Star-Journal, September 23, 1907, Page 6.
Concerning Waterworks Situation

1912 By-laws, rules and regulations for the management and protection of the Sandusky Water Works, Sandusky, Ohio : as adopted by Director of Public Service, April 1st, 1912.

1916 A Standard History of Erie County, Ohio: An Authentic Narrative of the Past, with Particular Attention to the Modern Era in the Commercial, Industrial, Civic, and Social Development. A Chronicle of the People, with Family Lineage and Memoirs, Volume 1, by Hewson Lindsley Peeke
Page 220:  The most important of the public works of the city are, of course, the waterworks and the sewer system. The former, operated from a plant having a capacity of 17,000,000 gallons daily, delivers filtered water to every part of the city and to the Soldiers' Home and county infirmary, located outside of the city limits. The plant is equipped with a Holly pumping engine of 10,000,000 gallons capacity and a Worthington engine of 7,000,000 gallons capacity. As the consumption has never risen to the full capacity of the plant, or of either of the engines, but one of these is used at a time, and the duplication of the plant insures a steady supply of water regardless of accidents to either of the engines.
Connected with the waterworks plant is the filtration plant with a present capacity of 6,000,000 gallons daily. This will soon be increased to 10,000,000 or more. All of the water delivered to the people is chemically filtered and daily analyses show it to be practically pure.

1930 "Huge Water Tank Soon to Be Under Erection," The Sandusky Register, May 7, 1930, Page 1.

1931 "Sandusky Installs New 1,000,000 Gallon Radial-Cone Bottom Tank," The Water Tower 17:18 (April, 1931}

1968 The Sandusky water and sewer study: a report on the improvement of water, storm sewers and sanitary sewer facilities in the city of Sandusky, Ohio, by Erie Regional Planning Commission

2010 Sandusky Water Works

2019 Morris A. Pierce