Water Supply: The History of Newark's Life Source

Kauffman, Gerald J.
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Access to water supplies was important to the city’s forefathers. Newark was founded before the American Revolution as a crossroads village due to its fortuitous location at the head of navigation between the banks of the White Clay and Christina Creeks. The rolling Piedmont creeks in and around Newark provided accessible hydropower for dozens of mills and industries during the 18th and 19th centuries. As the city’s thirsty population quadrupled during the second half of the 20th century, new wells were drilled in Coastal Plain aquifers, and the long search for a new reservoir was underway. With the completion of the Newark Reservoir in 2006, the first major reservoir built in Delaware since the Great Depression, Newark’s is the only water system in the First State that has the flexibility to provide drinking water from groundwater and surfacewater sources.
historical booklet
water , supply , Newark , Delaware , history , White Clay Creek , reservoir , drought , Koelig Farm