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The Heart of Louisiana: Shreveport Waterworks Museum

Take a peek at how residents of Shreveport obtained clean drinking water in the early 1900s

Shreveport Waterworks Museum

In the early 1900s, in order for Shreveport residents to have clean drinking water, water was pumped from bayous and later pressurized in a small water tower. Water was originally pumped from an adjacent bayou into giant settling basins, where sediment would fall to the bottom and the water would move on to large, round steel filters. At the Shreveport Waterworks Museum, the second oldest waterworks plant in Louisiana which closed in 1980, many pumps, some dating back to 1890, are displayed for visitors.

Kevin Haines, a tour guide at the Shreveport Waterworks museum recounts how different drinking water used to be in the 20th century, saying “Back in the early days they had a little more color to the water and they weren’t guaranteed good strong pressure to their house,” Haines said.

To learn more about the museum, click here.