WaterWorks Museum & World Water Day
Have you ever driven by the Louisville Water Tower Park and stopped to marvel at its beautiful architecture? A landmark in Louisville, it is in fact the oldest ornamental water tower in the world. Older than even the Chicago Water Tower, the Louisville Water Tower Park has served Louisville since it was built in 1858. The Louisville Water Tower Park was named as a National Historical Landmark in 1971. It’s not hard to see why! Did you know that the building still houses the original pump station?
Earlier this month the Louisville Water Tower Park reopened the west wing of pump station 1. Newly renovated, the station is now home to the new WaterWorks Museum. Paying homage to the impact the Louisville Water Company has had on the city, the museum features numerous displays for you to enjoy. They have a large archive of historical pictures dating back to 1860. Films, memorabilia and exhibits reflect on the Louisville Water Company’s influence on the science and engineering of safe drinking water.
The Louisville Water Tower Park is located at River Rd. and Zorn Ave. It’s a great location for an afternoon date or family outing. Enjoy lunch at Kingfish Restaurant next door, then tour the museum where you can view pieces of equipment including original water main parts, meters and tools. Check out the original steam mud pump, and plan on watching one of many videos on display. Call ahead to verify times for guided tours of the steam engine room in Pump 3. And of course, make sure you take in the scenic views of the Ohio River while on site.
The Louisville Water Company is dedicated to being an innovator in exploring the science and energy needed to provide safe drinking water to the city of Louisville. This coming Saturday, March 22nd is World Water Day. Sponsored by the United Nations, the World Water Day theme this year is “Water and Energy.” Their goal is to create awareness of the interdependence of water and energy. Did you know that an estimated 75% of industrial water usage is for energy production alone? 1.3 billion people have no energy access to electricity on our planet. 2.6 billion use solid fuel for their cooking because freshwater is not available. In 2011 it was stated that 768 million people did not have access to improved drinking water, while 2.5 billion didn’t have access to freshwater for improved sanitation. World Water Day strives to bring awareness to the great need of providing safe drinking water, but also to the need for a sustained management of freshwater resources.
World Water Day is a great time to visit the WaterWorks Museum at the Louisville Water Tower Park. The facility is open Wednesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday it is open from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Admission is $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for seniors and $3.00 for youth. Children five and under are free. A family of up to two adults and three youth can enter for $12.00. Ask about military and student discounts. The Louisville Water Tower Park is located at 3005 River Rd.