Monday, August 4, 2014

Where Does Your Water Come From?

Here stands what is left of Ohio's first public water system.
 Such a tiny facility.
Today GCWW draws its water from the Ohio River behind me and the Great Miami Aquifer.
Greater Cincinnati Water Works today provides about 133 million gallons of water a day through 3,000 miles of water mains to most of Hamilton County and parts of Butler and Warren Counties in Ohio, and to Boone County in Kentucky.
Their mission is to provide customers within our regional communities a plentiful supply of the highest quality water.
Greater Cincinnati Water Works has always taken the lead in water quality research and technology to protect public health. They have been featured nationally for our state-of-the-art water treatment and research.
  Why they test the water more than 600 times a day
throughout the treatment and distribution system to ensure the water is of the highest quality when it reaches my drinking bowl. 
Why our water works has a character that is called Willing Water but we kind of call him Willie The Drip because that is what Lee's Grandpa and Uncle who worked their entire lives at GCWW called him.
My water tastes great.  Why I drink that 133 million gallons of water a day they process.
Yep I go to potty regularly, no problem with that end.
Yep Lee's Grandpa was just a young boy when he helped keep the water works going during the 1937 Flood.  Lee's Grandpa stayed there night and day during that terrible flood.
The Water Works sits four houses away from where Lee's Grandpa lived.  They are really nice neighbors, so quiet.
This GCWW building sat where the new building above sits.  Lee's Grandpa left his family and slept above those doors with three other men in the 1937  flood and they did their best to keep the plant going.
Oh I have so much to show and tell you about my Nati City.

Thanks for being a friend
Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend of mine
Signing Off 
Sweet William The Scot

Psssss ~ August 8th is Ranger's Bat Cave Party.  I am going are you??
Riddle: I'm not a pool, a tree, a slave, a website, or a shirt.
What am I?

Answer: A book. Not a pool but it has a cover, not a tree but has leaves, not a slave but is bound, not a website but has pages, and not a shirt but has sleeves.


  1. Whoa....that's a LOT of water! Don't float away....All my water comes from a 5-gallon bottle in the kitchen. So I have lots of water too except when Mom FURgets to fill my water bowl.


  2. You sure taught us a lot of important stuff today. Thank you for such a lovely tour
    Lily & Edward

  3. what a timely post! mum was just listening to a story on NPR about the water in Toledo that has the yucks. Clean water is a very important resource - how neat that you Lee's grandad helped secure it for Cincinnati!

    Edgar and his mum

  4. We have the Kyla water works. It's our own well and our water comes from 400 feet below ground level. All the neighbors have one also and if one goes out, we attach a garden hose from outside faucets on both houses so the one with a broken well can temporarily sponge from the other until it gets fixed. We've done it for our neighbors and they''ve done it for us.

  5. Ringy-dingy-dingy...why, I thought your water would come from a springy. BOL It sounds like your water treatment place is top-notch and that is good...every dog needs clean, fresh drinking water. Our water comes from Lake Okeechobee...that Lake also feeds the Everglades. Yes, even alligators like clean, fresh drinking water.
    Your pal,

  6. We just LOVE it when you tell us this kind of INTERESTING stuffs about your city, Sw. Wm. We did not know that Miss Lee's Grandpa worked to keep the water flowing during that BIG Flood.
    We are NOT good at RIDDLES.... hope you tell us the answer soon. OR our brains will burn up..TRYING to guess.

  7. I am not good with Riddles either but I am going to say you are a Scottie. My water comes from 8 wells around the city but my mom has a filter on the faucet. I like learning about your water character Willie the Drip and Lee's Grand Pa .

    1. Yep Willie The Drip is a good fellow. When he drips out of my outside faucet I sit there an let the drips go into my mouth.
      Well water is suppose to be great for you because it contains minerals.
      Have a great week.

  8. Sweet William, what a super post. But do please tell me the truth. (Its ok, no-one else need know). Do you really prefer the out of the tap and tested 87 zillion times a day clean water? Do you never just fancy a tasty tip of dihydrogen oxide from a muddy puddle?
    Toodle pip!

  9. Very coooool Sweet William! I learned lots today, and I thinks that was pawsome of Lee's Gpa helped keep all the peeps drinkin' good clean water durin' the great flood!
    I'm glads there is no problem with YOUR water works! ☺
    Ruby ♥

  10. We have heard there are some water problems in Ohio. Hope they are sorted out soon. You seem to be safe with your water. Love the old picture.

  11. thank you Sweet William, this was quite interesting. We live outside the city limits and have our very own well. It is very hard water with lots of minerals in it so we have a softener and a filter on the drinking water
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Greta

  12. What a great grandpa Lee had. That looked like a mighty flood. Love the way some of these utility plants have such great architecture. Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

  13. We have river water in our taps, too. At the moment it smells and tastes of chlorine..yuck. SHE boils water so we can drink it. Outside, we get water from our rainwater tank.

    Interesting about your water.

  14. Our water comes from a reservoir and that water comes from underground wells.

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  15. You share the most interesting stories, William! Our water comes from a shallow well in our yard.

    Love ya lots♥j
    Mitch and Molly

  16. that was a wonderful tour. your are such a knowledgeable little guy :)

  17. Thats cool Sweet William. I do drink water like it is going outta style. Ha! Love your most handsome face Sweet William.


  18. Dat are cool stuff! I gets my water from da Brita jug in da fridge or da Ozarka bottle on da walks. BOL! But seriously, our water comes from lakes which are permanently too low.

  19. That was a great history lesson about your grandpa, thanks for sharing. I'll be at the bat cave party can't wait. The answer to the riddle- a book. Yep, I googled it there was no other way I was going to get the riddle so I cheated. Sorry about that but I have to use my resources. BOL.

    Aroo to you,

  20. That was all VERY interesting, Sweet William. Thankyou for telling us all about your water thingie. I'm glad your water tastes great and I'm REAL glad you go potty regularly. It would be awful to get all blocked up, aye?? The riddle!!!!!! You're a Scottie Sweet William ..... you're a Scottie.

  21. What a pawsome lesson about your city and family SW! Now as for the riddle...we discussed it and we think the answer're a SCOTTIE!!
    Wally & Sammy

  22. comment was eaten up. Thank you for telling me all the facts about your water. I love facts! You also have an real American Hero in your family! I am not good at riddles. I will see you at the party!

  23. We thought of you as soon as we heard about that huge water problem!! Mama cannot remember if she told you that her brother did not move yet...he is still in he is looking at North Carolina. Thank you for all of your helpful information today William!

  24. That was cool. We have a local lake supply that the City has been working to protect for years. Then we draw from a regional supply as a backup.

  25. Oh that was interesting to read about Willie the Drip and the flood and your Lee's grandpa. I love history, it's great to discover things what happened many moons ago. Many thanks! btw: guess who I will be at Rangers pawty?.... lol

  26. Wow ….. you are famous! We like knowing famous peeps and pups! And replying to your “riddle” we think you are “Sweet William The Scot” our bestest friend xxxxxx

  27. Mommy and I love to drink water so that was a great post and thank you! I can't wait for the Bat cave!!!

    Loveys Sasha

  28. Heather Beather loves her some water! Mr. K will have a cool drink after being out in the sun or after a good meal. Heather laps it up and looks up with a happy face when she's done! Great post, Sweet William. Much love, The Scottie Mom.

  29. Oh Sweet William it is great that your Lee's grandfather kept the water going for everybody during the flood. Willie the Drip looks interesting. They say water is good for you so keep drinking it.