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AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

A New Water System for Chicago

  • Aired: 01/13/2003
  • 02:49
  • Rating: NR
In response to cholera and dysentery epidemics, the Chicago Board of Sewage Commissioners selected Ellis Chesbrough to design a new water system for the city. In Chesbrough's plan, clean water from the lake bottom would pour into intakes under a crib two miles into Lake Michigan, then into an underground tunnel to a water tower. From there, clean water would flow into the city's water mains.
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Engineers plan a pipe system to deliver clean water to Chicago from Lake Michigan.
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