City of Boston improved sewerage : plan showing region drained by, and lines of proposed intercepting sewer, also course of sewer from proposed reservoirs 1877
- City of Boston improved sewerage : plan showing region drained by, and lines of proposed intercepting sewer, also course of sewer from proposed reservoirs 1877
Beneath Our Feet: With a clean water supply system in place by the mid-19th century, Boston then focused on disposal of waste water. Up to the mid-1870s, sewers were built privately, but with an increase in population and pollution, drainage problems loomed. This 1877 map illustrates proposed subterranean sewer lines, along with reservoirs and pumping stations at the coast. From these sites, waste water would flow into Boston Harbor, as displayed here. Drinking water continued to be affected after new lines were constructed, which prompted the state to establish the cooperative Metropolitan Sewerage District, the first of its kind in the United States.
- Boston (Mass.). City Council. . Joint Special Committee on Improved Sewage.
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Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
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Boston (Mass.)--Sanitary affairs--Maps
Boston Harbor (Mass.)--Sanitary affairs--Maps
Exhibited: "Beneath Our Feet: Mapping the World Below" organized by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 2017-2018.
Inset: Plan showing supposed course of bottles.
Boston Public Library copy cut from the Report of the Joint Special Committee on Improved Sewerage of July 1877.
- 1 map : col. ; 44 x 70 cm.
- Call #:
G3764.B6N46 1877.2 .C5x
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