Shattuck, S. F., et. al (ed.) / A history of Neenah
Public utilities, pp. 430-434 PDF (1.2 MB)
PUBLIC UTILITIES Water System As NEENAm entered the last decade of the igth Century, the citizens were still using water from private wells for cooking and for drinking. For all other domestic purposes everyone had a cistern in his base- ment, getting rain water from the roof. To replenish cisterns in dry seasons, several enterprising members of the community installed tanks on trucks and did a brisk business in raw lake water. This was before water treatment had become an exact science-therefore, when in the early '9o's the city fathers responded to public pressure for a city water system, they did the normal thing and drilled a deep well. The well water was turned into newly laid city mains in 189.3. It was a reasonable supposition that a city water supply would eliminate cisterns, but what a disappointment to discover that the newly found water supply was so hard (6o grains per gallon) that it was useless for washing of dishes and clothes, or for use in washbowls or bathtubs, and not much good for cooking! Eventually it proved too hard for flushing toilets and for use in heating systems. The excess of mineral salts coated and finally clogged the piping. The city limped along for forty years under this handicap. Mean- while, our sister city of Menasha pointed the way, installing a treat- ment plant to filter and purify river water, producing a potable, all- purpose supply. It was not until it became obvious that Neenah was losing out with home builders and new industry that a group of citizens, known as the Neenah Advancement Committee, organized to do something about it. Members of this Committee were: H. J. jung, Chairman R. A. Vanderwalker C. F. Gerhardt, Sec'y-Treas. E. H. Nicholson L. 0. Schubart T. D. Smith N. H. Bergstrom Max W. Schalk G. E. Sande C. E. Clark Geo. H. Williamson Gilbert Courshon S. N. Pickard E. J. Boehm James Webb S. F. Shattuck Gaylord C. Loehning Kim Stuart 430
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