FOOA 2018 Spring Program: History of the Annville Water Company

Program Held on Sunday, April 15 at 2 PM at the Stone Pumphouse Building on Spruce Street.

When did running water, delivered by underground pipes first come to the homes in Annville?  Where did the drinking water come from?  Why were public and private wells prohibited in Annville after the introduction of commercial drinking water?

These questions were answered when Owen Moe spoke about the history of the Annville Water Company, a privately held company that delivered drinking water to Annville from 1890 to 1973, before eventually selling out to Annville Township.  Twenty eight people attended this FOOA spring program on a cool rainy Sunday afternoon.

Owen spoke about competing water companies owned by prominent citizens of Annville, protracted legal battles, artesian wells, the great Annville conflagration in 1921, Penryth Springs, and much more.  The venue for the presentation, the former limestone pump house of the Annville Water Company, added interest and a certain authenticity to the program.

After the program and in a steady cool mist, about 15 attendees took a short guided walk from the pump house to see the remains of a weir dam used at one time to power the water company’s large pumps and to view the overflow conduit from Penryth Spring and the still-existing water line from Penryth, running along the shore of the Quittie to the pump house on Spruce Street.

A PDF of the PowerPoint presentation can be viewed here.