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The Water Supply of the City of Philadelphia, 1891

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The Water Supply of the City of Philadelphia, 1891
By a Proposed Aqueduct from Norristown Dam, and the Acquisition of the works of the Schuylkill Navigation Co.
E F Smith, C.E.
Proposal to provide drinking water from the Schuylkill River above Norristown to the City of Philadelphia. The plan proposed to use the storage capacity of the river's dams and the canals of the Schuylkill Navigation Company to ensure an adequate supply of water. The plan was never implemented.

The proposal includes a textual description of the plan, detailed maps of the entire Schuylkill River watershed, plans for the aqueduct and gate houses, designed by Philadelphia architect Frank Furness, and plans of the Schuylkill Navigation Co.'s canals, locks and dams from Tumbling Run to Norristown.
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1. Map of the drainage area of the Schuylkill River showing the location of ponds and canals of the Schuylkill Navigation. E. F. Smith C.E. May 1891.
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