The pursuit of “pure and wholesome water” by the City of New York began before the Revolution (1774). The inhabitants and elected officials knew then that for the city to grow and thrive a significant source of water would need to be found and brought to the city.

With numerous fits and starts over six decades, elected officials and engineers considered streams, brooks, rivers, marshes, wells and lakes in three states and the costs. Finally, in 1831, New York City, upon the recommendation of its engineers and commissioners that the Croton River Valley would provide the consistent pure and wholesome water supply required, approved the building of the Croton Dam and Aqueduct (41 miles through the Old Croton Aqueduct from the Old Croton Dam to the Central Park Reservoir).

A series of four presentations will be held, hosted by Hilltop Hanover Farm and a ceremony commemorating the significant accomplishment and contributions of many citizens in the building of the Croton Water System.

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Presenters include Bob Waterhouse, former district supervisor, at New York City Department of Environmental Protection, and Bob Giordano, as well as other area experts will share the trials and tribulations faced by those tasked with finding the source of water, presenting and recommending the many different plans and finally implanting and completing the Croton Dam and Aqueduct System in 1842.

The proceeds of the events will benefit the Hilltop Hanover Environmental and Agricultural programs for school children.

Presentation Dates (Location)

• Saturday, Sept. 9, 1 p.m. (Hilltop Hanover Farm)

• Saturday, Sept. 16, noon (Hilltop Hanover Farm)

• Saturday, Sept. 23, noon (Hilltop Hanover Farm)

• Saturday, Sept. 30, noon (Hilltop Hanover Farm)

• Sunday, Oct. 8, 3 p.m. (Old Croton Dam/Gatehouse)

RSVP to Bob Giordano at yorktownsba@oponline.net or 914-874-4347. The suggested contribution for the Hilltop Hanover presentations is $10. Refreshments will be served and provided by local small businesses. Reservations are required. The suggested contribution for the Old Croton Dam presentation is $25. On Oct. 8, a reception will follow at Hilltop Hanover Farm with local, county and New York City officials.

Contributions to the Hilltop Hanover Environmental and Agricultural programs for school children can be mailed to: Yorktown Small Business Association, 1795 Hunter Brook Road, Yorktown Heights, N.Y. 10598.