William Barrett Water Plant

William Barrett Water Plant

The initial construction of the William Barrett Water Plant, a robust brick and stone edifice, was finalized in 1883. Its original function was to serve as a water pumping station for Fredericton, drawing water directly from the St. John River.

In 1906, the facility was expanded and equipped with water treatment apparatus. Post 1955, the station ceased to use river water and instead acted as a pumping terminal for subterranean well water sourced from Wilmot Park.

The American Water Works Association recognized the structure as a Canadian Water Landmark in 1984, acknowledging its historical significance in public water supply. Several pieces of equipment and brass fittings from the early operational years have been preserved and are on display for public viewing.

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