Milestones in the history of the City of Columbus Department of Public Utilities role in; waste water treatment, street lighting, providing municipal power and the supply and mamangement of water.
In 1841 the first sewer in Columbus is constructed. With no form of wastewater treatment, it was discharged directly into the Scioto River. Discover over a century of historical milestones in local wastewater treatment .
1880 First workable lighting system is unveiled at the Ohio State Journal newspaper offices. Several private electric companies are established including Columbus Electric Light, Columbus Edison Electric Light, and Columbus Electric Light and Power, some of which are used to light streets.
In the 1870s the City of Columbus was a state capital nestled between the banks of the Scioto and Olentangy Rivers. As with most thriving communities at the time, the availability of water played a crucial role in the growth and prosperity of Columbus.
Our leaders in Columbus have known for decades that the most important part of the water treatment process is protection of our water sources.
"The Columbus Experiment" was known internationally and was the first water plant to combine filtration and water softening. In 1903, $46,000 was provided for an initial testing facility to analyze the drinking water and wastewater. These experiments resulted in the construction of the Scioto Water Purification Plant and Pumping Station on Dublin Road which was completed in 1908.
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