The Beginning

An early drawing of one of Charlottetown’s water pumps

Since its founding, Charlottetown residents used outdoor communal pumps, situated in a common areas, to obtain their water supply.

Advocates for a City waterworks had hoped to have a water system once the City was incorporated in 1855 but the City could not afford such a costly venture. As the City grew, privies and open cess pools became closer to water sources and contamination occurred.

Two issues highlighted the need for and ultimately encouraged the construction of a water works – fire (and fire insurance) and public health.

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