Guide to the Water and Sewer Systems, 1895-1963

Collection number: UA 17/17
Size: 1 box (.33 cu.ft.)

About the UNH Water and Sewer Systems

One of the first things the college administrators needed to address when the college moved to Durham in 1893 was to secure an adequate supply of water for the college. A dam was built on Pettee Brook creating a reservoir that was used for boilers, irrigation and fire fighting. Drinking water was carried from springs until artesian wells were drilled in 1910. There was a typhoid fever outbreak in the winter of 1911-12. In the fall of 1914 the State Board of Health demanded that the college install a septic tank. In 1916, a new deep well was drilled to increase the water supply and a wooden tank, with a capacity of 6,000 gallons was erected on the knoll behind Nesmith Hall. A second, steel water tower was built in 1923. In 1935, a sewage disposal plant and a water supply system, including a new reservoir was finished with W. P. A. assistance.

About the Water and Sewer Systems Files

This series contains several reports and contracts concerning the water and sewer systems for the college.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the University of New Hampshire.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Water and Sewer Systems Files, 1895-1963, UA 17/17, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

These records were transferred to the University Library for storage prior to the establishment of the University Archives in 1992.

See also UA 8/5/1 Correspondence between Charles E. Hewitt and the Metcalf and Eddy Firm.

Collection Contents

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 11895A System of Water Works for the Town of Durham, NH, Thesis by Charles A. Trow
Box 1, Folder 21895A Sewage System for Durham, Thesis by Frank S. Adams
Box 1, Folder 31910Contract and Specifications for Sewers in Durham (Metcalf and Eddy)
Box 1, Folder 41914Report from Charles Pettee to Pres. Fairchild on College Sewer System
Box 1, Folder 51923Design and Specifications for a water tower (Pittsburgh-Des Moines Steel Co.)
Box 1, Folder 61934Contract and Specifications for water supply system from Oyster River (Weston and Sampson)
Box 1, Folder 71973Town of Durham: Report on Water Distribution and Storage
Box 1, Folder 81995Preliminary Report on Additional Water Supply
Map Drawer B-51962Map of Sewerage System (Weston and Sampson) 1962 updated from original 1932 map