Like other American cities in the late 19th century, Baltimore had grown so quickly its supply system was unable to provide city residents with a dependable supply of water. Two reservoirs built outside the city helped increase capacity, but heavy rainfalls in the largely agricultural area tended to foul this additional water supply. City officials elected to construct a holding reservoir within the city - contained by an earthen dam - where silty water would be allowed to settle. No such project had ever been undertaken in the United States.
Society: ASCEMain Category: CivilSub Category: DamsEra: 1870-1879DateCreated: 1871Druid Hill ParkBaltimoreState: MDCountry: USAWebsite: http://www.asce.org/Project/Druid-Lake-Dam/Creator: Martin, Robert
YearAdded:Image Credit: Courtesy Flickr/Jeff Covey (CC BY-SA 2.0)Era_date_from: 1871