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From a Visionary Past, to an Inspired Future: 100 Years of Bremerton Water
2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the City of Bremerton’s most remarkable resource: a clean and reliable drinking water supply. The city's rich heritage is interwoven with the history of its water system, the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard as its largest customer, and the visionary accomplishments of the water system founders.
“100 years into its operation, we celebrate the foresight of water professionals who built a drinking water system anchored by Casad Dam and delivered by a complex network of pipes, pump stations and reservoirs to serve a growing city through the war years and beyond,” said Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent, “Continued conscientious operation, maintenance, and watershed protection ensure excellent quality at the tap. We are inspired by the past to be responsible water system stewards and we look forward to the next century of service to our customers.”To commemorate this anniversary, a new water history exhibit is being presented at the Kitsap History Museum at 280 4th Street in downtown Bremerton. An exhibit opening is planned for First Friday April 7, 2017 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Jolyn Leslie P.E., from the humanitarian group, Water for People, will be presenting “The Value of Water – a Global Perspective” at 6:00 to discuss her first-hand experiences with drinking water challenges in developing areas of the world. This event is part of Bremerton’s First Friday Art Walk and is free and open to the public. The exhibit will be at the museum from April 7 through September.The Kitsap County Historical Society and Museum collects, preserves, and exhibits the diverse culture, heritage and history of Kitsap County for the education and enjoyment of the public.