Jamaica Pond and Boston’s Water System
The Early History of the Boston Water System
Sunday December 7th, 2:00 p.m.

Marcis Kempe, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum and an avid water supply historian will discuss the early attempts by Boston residents to find drinking water on Shawmut peninsula from the 1630 settlement of Boston. Early attempts at wood pipe water systems led eventually to the construction of Boston’s 1796 Jamaica Pond Aqueduct Corporation which fulfilled a need for water piped directly into houses. Mr. Kempe will chronicle this story and that of 1848 Boston municipal water system that eventually replaced the wooden pipes. He will also discuss the further growth of the Metropolitan Boston water system at the turn of the century and the steps taken to protect the public from the growing pollution of water sources. Come and join the Jamaica Plain Historical Society to learn about the important people and events in the Jamaica Pond story and how this modest system grew into today’s nationally acclaimed Boston area water supply. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. This event is being hosted by the Arnold Arboretum, please check their website for directions and parking information. Hunnewell Lecture Hall at the Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain

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