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River des Peres Sewage & Drainage Works
Society: ASCE Main Category: Civil Sub Category: Bridges Era: 1920-1929 DateCreated: 1924-1921 St. Louis State: MO Zip: 63109 Country: USA Website: Creator: Horner, W.W.

In 1915, a tropical storm dropped nearly 11 inches of rain on St. Louis in just 17 hours, causing a devastating flood. Claiming 11 lives and the homes of 1,025 families, the flood focused public and government attention onto the problems of the river. 

Image Credit: Courtesy Wikipedia/Millbrooky Image Caption: Today, the River Des Peres Sewage & Drainage Works provides the backbone for the 110-square-mile St. Louis drainage basin. Era_date_from: 1924
Society: ASME Main Category: Mechanical Sub Category: Pumping Era: 1910-1919 DateCreated: 1914 Sewerage and Water Board New Orleans State: LA Zip: 70165 Country: USA Website: Creator: Wood, Baldwin
With a water table several feet below ground level, New Orleans faced a crisis after every heavy rainfall, not just through flooding but also through disease (yellow fever and malaria) caused by impure water. New Orleans was dependent on mechanical means for lifting water from its canals and sewage systems. A. Baldwin Wood (1879-1956), a young assistant city engineer, designed and installed a system of large screw pumps (axial flow machines) to syphon water and accelerate drainage. By 1915 the Wood screw pump became the most advanced drainage pump in use.
Image Credit: Courtesy ASME Image Caption: This 14-foot tall Wood Screw Pump, constructed 1929, drained even more sewage/water/drainage than the 12-foot drains that preceded it Era_date_from: 1914
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