Throwback Thursday: Building the Weston Aqueduct

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Jun 02, 2016 @ 10:56 AM

One thing that all cities and towns have in common is that they depend on a fully functioning infrastructure to attract residents and businesses to their community. A well maintained grid of roads, water pipes, easy access to utilities and power lines aren’t always thought of when people move or visit a town. However, without any one of them, commercial and residential growth is not sustainable. One of the largest local infrastructure projects was the completion of the Weston Aqueduct.

Throwback Thursday: Building the Weston Aqueduct | Wicked Local Media Solutions

Construction on the Weston Aqueduct began in 1901 and by 1903 it was delivering water from Sudbury Reservoir to Weston and other communities in the greater Boston area. The 13.5 mile pipeline, was built as the the third part of a plan to provide a safe and stable water supply to inland towns in the early 20th century. In 1990, the Aqueduct became a part of the National Register of Historic Places and is currently used as a backup to the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) water delivery system.

I’m always amazed at the level of ingenuity, creativity, and hard work that was needed when executing an engineering project like this, especially with the equipment available to builders at the time. Did you have any relatives that worked on the Weston Aqueduct or other massive infrastructure projects? We would love to hear their stories. Email them to Wicked Local Media Solutions or tweet us @WLMediaSolution.

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