Guide to the Water and Sewer Systems, 1895-1963
Collection number: UA 17/17
Size: 1 box
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.
This collection is open.
Copyright is retained by the University of New Hampshire.
[Identification of item], Water and Sewer Systems Files, 1895-1963, UA 17/17, Milne
Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham,
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
|Box 1, Folder 1||1895||A System of Water Works for the Town of Durham, NH, Thesis by Charles
|Box 1, Folder 2||1895||A Sewage System for Durham, Thesis by Frank S. Adams|
|Box 1, Folder 3||1910||Contract and Specifications for Sewers in Durham (Metcalf and
|Box 1, Folder 4||1914||Report from Charles Pettee to Pres. Fairchild on College Sewer
|Box 1, Folder 5||1923||Design and Specifications for a water tower (Pittsburgh-Des Moines
|Box 1, Folder 6||1934||Contract and Specifications for water supply system from Oyster River
(Weston and Sampson)|
|Box 1, Folder 7||1973||Town of Durham: Report on Water Distribution and Storage|
|Box 1, Folder 8||1995||Preliminary Report on Additional Water Supply|
|Map Drawer B-5||1962||Map of Sewerage System (Weston and Sampson) 1962 updated from
original 1932 map|