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Pasadena In Focus
May - June 2012

Pasadena’s Water Centennial: Celebrating 100 Years

retroPasadena Water & Power is making a splash in 2012, celebrating the monumental effort that has gone into quenching our city’s thirst for the past 100 years.

Since vintner Benjamin Eaton first directed mountain runoff to his budding grape fields in the 1860s, Pasadena’s water system has grown into a complex, 23-square-mile system of wells, reservoirs and pipelines. Today, PWP is proud to offer superior service and a range of water-efficiency resources to nearly 176,000 consumers in Pasadena and neighboring communities.

Celebrations will kick off during “Water Awareness Month” in May, when PWP will treat students to a tour of Windsor Reservoir and the Monk Hill Water Treatment Plant. Also, watch for the launch of a multi-media centennial campaign designed by Art Center College of Design students.

You’re invited to take part in festivities throughout the summer. Come to a special water exhibit planned as part of  “Happy Birthday Pasadena: Celebrating Now and Then,” set for Saturday, June 23, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Pasadena Museum of History. You’ll see fascinating photos and artifacts from the early years of Pasadena’s water system, and mingle with PWP’s dedicated water employees. You’ll also see a commemorative edition of PWP’s annual water quality report, and a strong PWP presence at the Levitt Pavilion’s free summer concert series in Memorial Park.

More activities are in the works for November, the official month of the