History of Klaipeda Water -Supply System

History

Joint-stock company’s “Klaipėdos Vanduo” main goal is reliable water supply to customers. Their goal is quality that fully complies with the Lithuanian hygiene standard HN 24:2017, "Drinking water safety and quality requirements”. Klaipėdos Vanduo also works treating wastewater to meet environmental regulations, in order to manage and provide high quality services that satisfy customer needs.

The company's history began in 1902 when a Lithuanian newspaper “Lietuviška Ceitunga" published an article entitled “City Festival“. The article spread the news that the inauguration of water supply was coming.

At that time, a place in Liepų Street was selected for the water supply company. It was located near the gas plant and built in the middle of nineteenth century. In this way, the city zone of public utilities continued to expand. The water supply complex consisted of a water-tower, pumping, aeration and filter buildings, and a transformer station. In particular, the unique water-tower became a highlight of the northern part of the city.

In the 19th century, in the old town of Klaipėda, water from wells was quite bad. The Head doctor of the city F. J. Morgen wrote in his book, "Local people take water from public wells, but there are only a few, which are properly installed. The water from the river is unsuitable for human consumption, because the winds mix Danė’s water with sea water." With help from state funds in 1876-1877 a borehole was drilled near Klaipėda, in Purmalių village. Previous results from a borehole water analysis gave hope that good water could be found in Klaipėda. After long negotiations with the authorities, in 1898 what is now Liepų Street in Klaipėda, became the location of a new water borehole. However, it was not a water supply company yet, that required different constructions and mechanisms. Eventually, Klaipėda water tower and water distribution system were both laid down in 1901, and a year later, on August 2nd, Klaipėdos Vanduo was solemnly inaugurated.

 

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