Rockville in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Rockville's Pump House
The Growth of Rockville's Water and Power Services
The new plant housed one gasoline-powered generator that produced electricity and another engine to run the water pumps. The pumps sent water from two wells to a large water tower up the hill on Grandin Avenue.
With the completion of the Pump House, the town was able to replace gaslights with cleaner, brighter and more efficient electric lights. Public streetlights were replaced and private homes signed up for the new electric service too. In its first year of service the plant provided electricity to the community between 30 minutes before sunset and 1 a.m. There was, however, no public sewer system for waste. Backyard septic tanks or privies continued to be the no public sewer system.
As Rockville grew, secondary wells were added to supplement the water supply. By 1958, 39 different wells were in use and the Pump House continued to pump water from the wells to the water tower. That year, Rockville consolidated its water system and built a new water treatment plant on the
Location. 39° 5.111′ N, 77° 8.457′ W. Marker is in Rockville, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on South Horners Lane. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 South Horners Lane, Rockville MD 20850, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Typhoid in Rockville (here, next to this marker); Preserving a Community Resource (here, next to this marker); Rockville Station (approx. ¼ mile away); Saint Mary's Catholic Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Saint Mary’s Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Baseball Field (approx. half a mile away); Rockville Town Square (approx. half a mile away); Court House Square (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rockville.
Also see . . .
1. The Pump House at Croydon Park. By Mary A. van Balgooy, Spring 2012, Peerless Rockville. (Submitted on September 13, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
2. The Pump House. Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties From. M:26/14 (Submitted on September 13, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Categories. • Charity & Public Work • Man-Made Features •
Credits. This page was last revised on September 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 13, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 74 times since then. Photos: 1. submitted on September 13, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 2. submitted on September 14, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on September 13, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.