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Town of Wethersfield Sanitary Sewer System
1998
Maker:Prepared by Metropolitan District Commission , American, founded 1929
Lithography; black and colored printer's inks on wove paper
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 25 1/2 x 35 1/2in. (64.8 x 90.2cm) Sheet (height x width): 26 x 36 1/4in. (66 x 92.1cm)
Credit Line: Connecticut Historical Society collection
Gallery Copy: Some of Wethersfield's sewer pipes were installed as early as 1914, long before the creation of the Metropolitan District Commission in 1929. By 1998, the system was aging, and old cracked pipes were unable to handle large amounts stormwater during heavy rains, leading to the overflow of raw sewage into basements and into Wethersfield Cove and the Connnecticut River. Wethersfield's aging sewer system would remain a cause for concern during the following decades.
Description: Map of the town of Wethersfield, Connecticut with Hartford and East Hartford to the north, the Connecticut River to the east, Rocky Hill to the south, and Newington to the west. A small triangle belonging to Wethersfield labeled "Hockanum Meadow" is on the east side of the Connecticut River. Streets, interstate highways and highway intersections, railroads, streams, and ponds are shown with water mains indicated in blue and red. The town includes much open space, mostly marshy. A Sanitary Sewer Legend at lower right provides a key to sewers six to twenty-three inches in diameter, sewers twenty-four inches or large in diameter, force mains, manholes, pump stations, and pump station service areas. A key to Wethersfield streets is at the left. Sewers to the north are tributary to the Hartford Water Pollution Control Facility. Sewers to the south are tributary to the Rocky Hill Water Pollution Control Facility.
Cartographic Note: 1 inch equals 1000 feet
Inscription: On recto, lower right, printed in red ink, "THE METROPOLITAN DISTRICT / SANITARY SEWER SYSTEM"; printed in black ink, "TOWN OF WETHERSFIELD / CONNECTICUT / 1998" On verso, lower right, in pencil, accession number
Object Number: 2012.312.252
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