May 27, 1755: First Municipal Water Pumping Plant

0527 Bethlehem pumping plantMay 27, 1755:  Hans Christopher Christiansen installed the first municipal water pumping plant in America at Bethlehem, PA; city supplied from a 70 foot high tank that was filled with water pumped from a spring through wooden pipes.

Reference:  “Business History.” Website http://www.businesshistory.com/index.php

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