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2017-11-17 / Business Briefs

Altoona’s reservoir system to receive national recognition

ALTOONA, PA - The American Water Works Association has recognized the City of Altoona’s Reservoir System as an “American Water Landmark”.

A formal award presentation was made at 11 a.m. on Monday, September 25, at the Horseshoe Curve’s Visitors Center. Mayor Matthew Pacifico accepted a plaque from the American Water Works Association presented by Douglas Komandt, Chair of the Pennsylvania Section of the American Water Works Association.

The plaque designates Altoona’s Reservoir System as an “American Water Landmark” and notes its “significance in the history of public water supply”. The Altoona Reservoir System, an outstanding example of 19th century hydraulic engineering, is one of only three Pennsylvania systems to be given this prestigious award over the last fifty years.

Mark Glenn, president of Gwin, Dobson & Foreman Engineers, consulting firm to the Altoona Water Authority, submitted the necessary application, records and construction photographs to the American Water Works Association.

“I have always believed that Altoona’s outstanding reservoir system was worthy of a national landmark designation. This formal acknowledgement and recognition is a tribute to the engineers, laborers, and Altoona’s city officials and citizens who all contributed in different ways to our abundance of safe water,” he said.

He also noted that even after 135 years since the first construction project on the system began, Altoona’s Reservoir System is still functioning as it was designed to do and is a key component of a regional water supply system that serves the needs of 75,000 residents.

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