Monday, December 10, 2007


Can you tell me the year of this picture wich you posted recently of the Aqueduct. I am no doubt wrong in my first estimate of  1856  as notice the Electric wire poles and buildings in the background. Someone suggested that the year is probably turn of the century (1900?) I do know that the first construction ended in 1856 . The low water level threw me off but notice the grass has grown on the banks. The aqueduct was widened in 1870, 1905, 1907 and 1913.


les__f MSN said...

Hello Guy,.I have located this same photo ,but I think it's on a different site,from where I got the 1st photo: Do you remember what thread I posted that picture in? I will try to find the original site,.but check this one out for now: Beneath the streets of our city lies two vast networks of pipes and conduits. One to ensure a steady supply of fresh water is always on hand and another to carry it away for cleansing just as quickly. Barring any unforeseen clogs, frozen pipes or volcanic hydrants, we often fail to consider the energy that is expended on this massive infrastructure. Realizing how little I knew about our water infrastructure, I took a tour of the Charles J. Des Baillets water filtration plant in Lasalle - one of the city’s two purification facilities - to see what I could learn. The Aquaduc Canal after its completion in 1918 The Des Baillets facility is located on de la Verendrye, near the beginning of the Canal Aquaduc, the canal completed in 1918 to bring water to the Atwater filtration plant. The total water purified by both facilities amounts to approximately 2.4 million metres cubed per day. The expertly-guided tour lasted over two hours and took us from the point where water from the St. Lawrence enters the complex to where it is pumped into the reservoir to be distributed throughout the city. Basically, there are three processes that take place at Des Baillets: first, water is pumped into large filtration pools, where it runs through a fine grained sand, removing most bacteriological elements. Second, it is put in contact with ozonized air particles which has a germicidal effect. At this point the water is considered potable, but to ensure that it remains sterile throughout the distribution system, a dose of chlorine is added. From Des Baillets, the water is pumped to the McTavish Reservoir near McGill - one of seven - before being gravity-fed throughout the city’s infrastructure. Interestingly, the chlorine you (may) taste when you open your faucet depends on where in the city you live; the chlorine actually dissipates as water travels farther from the main reservoir.   ....................this article seems to reflect work done around 1918,but my memory of the first time I came across this picture was 1906 ( but I am just guessing at these dates: Hope this helps...................................   HF&RV

guy5479 MSN said...

Les, OK   , I now have the answer, the date is 1918 as shown on your photo. Boy, was I off or what. Guy

guy5479 MSN said...

Les, OK,  now I have the year, boy, was I off (1836?). The thread is Verdun Aqueduct  4/12/07. Thanks again Les. Guy

stephenfredmond MSN said...

The construction of Montr챕al's Aqueduct Canal dates back to 1852. The aqueduct was opened in 1856, but as of the following year, periodic expansion was required to meet demand. Verdun's Aqueduct building dates from 1911. Architect Georges Janin designed it. Although access to running water became widespread in the 20th century. Steve