About a year ago, I shared doors from the Saville Dam at the Barkhamsted Reservoir. That reservoir was built to help augment the water supply for the city of Hartford, Connecticut and as it grew and began its expansion into the suburbs. In 1929, the State Legislature created the Metropolitan District Commission, which operates the Saville Dam and several other dam/reservoir projects around the region.
“The Metropolitan District – a public non-profit municipal corporation was created by the General Assembly in 1929 to provide quality potable water and sewer systems for people and businesses in the Hartford area.”
Water is a precious commodity and controversy surrounds many of the water-supply dams and reservoir projects. However you may view these projects and their impact on the region, the MDC seems to be doing a good job. They have the important task of providing safe drinking water, processing waste-water and sewage. They do that job well, and they provide recreational access to many of the wooded areas around the reservoirs and watersheds. In fact, most of the articles I found about the reservoir system in West Hartford, refer to the hiking and recreation opportunities.
I’m not sure when the West Hartford Reservoir was first established. The MDC took over control of the complex in 1929 when it was formed. It appears the reservoir is less of a water storage reservoir than an immediate feed to a water purification plant. According to the MDC website:
“The 1960s began with the expansion of the West Hartford water purification facility and the fluoridation of the MDC’s water supply – a program that dramatically improved public health by reducing cavities in the Hartford area.”
OK, let’s add “fluoridation” to the list of controversial projects.
The following is the only tidbit of historical information I was able to find, and I wasn’t able to verify it.
“…Opened in 1867 to supply Hartford and West Hartford with pure water, this reservoir is the oldest component of the present regional water system.”
As you may remember, Faith and I hiked around the reservoirs a few weeks ago. The 3.2-mile (8.4 km) hike was extended, a couple of times by Faith, with: “I like to go this way…” At the end, we had walked over 5 miles, but it was fun.
Prior to our hike, I had taken photos of an odd building alongside Reservoir Number One. Everybody who has been near the reservoir knows about this building, as evidenced by the quick: “oh, yeah yeah, I know that building…” you get when you describe it. But, no one seems to know what its purpose is/was. I can tell you, from peeking in the windows, its being used to store boxes of paper records, today.
Those two “photo ops” yielded a few interesting doors, so I thought I’d share them with you today.
Because it’s Thursday, silly.
Municipal governments all over the world recognize the Internet phenomenon that is Thursday Doors. Brought to us each week by our fearless leader Norm Frampton, up where the water is still in solid form, a.k.a. Canada, Thursday Doors is an easy way for us to share photos and stories about beautiful, and not so beautiful doors. If you want to submit a door (no charge, no judgment), simply follow the watershed and pipelines to the Norm’s pump house. When you get there, check out his doors and then look for the blue frog. The frog will be at the bottom, because, potable water, no frogs allowed. Anyway, click on that little tadpole and visit a vast array of doors.
Thank you for visiting No Facilities. I have been busy with work and travel lately, but I always try to visit as many doors posts as I can, in what remains of my week. The gallery is large today, because of the two set of photos. Click any photo to begin a slide show.