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Founding of the Reykjavik Water Utility / Uphaf vatnsveitu

 
 
Founding of the Reykjavik Water Utility / Uphaf vatnsveitu Marker - English Panel image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 18, 2018
1. Founding of the Reykjavik Water Utility / Uphaf vatnsveitu Marker - English Panel
Inscription.  (English panel:)

On 16 June 1909, the Reykjavik Water Utility was founded when fresh, drinking water was conveyed through a pipeline from a river and cold springs on the outskirts of Reykjavik to the town center. It was a defining moment in the city's history, as people were no longer dependent on sparse, poor-quality water that came from local wells.

ReykjavÝk Mayor Knud Zimsen, who was instrumental in driving the project forward, stood at this street cor-ner when the first hydrant was turned on, and thus the Water Utility was formally operational. As a result, public health and hygiene improved dramatically, fire safety was enhanced and new industries were born.

(Icelandic panel:)

Timamˇt ur­u Ý s÷gu ReykjavÝkur ■ann sextßnda j˙nÝ ßri­ 1909, ■egar Vatnsveita ReykjavÝkur tˇk til starfa. Fersku neysluvatni var ■ß veitt til bŠjarins, fyrst ˙r Elli­aßnum en sfaar frß Gvendarbrunnum. Ůar me­ ■urftu bŠjarb˙ar ekki lengur a­ treysta ß ˇheilnŠmt brunnavatnia, sem oft var lÝka af skornum skammti.

Knud Zimsen, einn helsti hvatama­ur a­ ger­ vatnsveitunnar og si­ar borgarstjˇri Reykjavikur,

Founding of the Reykjavik Water Utility / Uphaf vatnsveitu Marker - Icelandic Panel image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 18, 2018
2. Founding of the Reykjavik Water Utility / Uphaf vatnsveitu Marker - Icelandic Panel
stˇ­ ß ■essu horni ■egar skr˙fa­ var frß fyrsta brunahananum. Me­ ■vi mß segja a­ vatnsveitan hafi formlega tekia til starfa. Me­ tilkomu hennar stˇrbatna­i heilsufar ReykvÝkinga, ■rifna­ur jˇkst, brunavarnir efidust og nřjar atvinnugreinar komu til s÷gunnar.

 
Erected by Orkuveita ReykjavÝkur.
 
Location. 64° 8.726′ N, 21° 55.638′ W. Marker is in Reykjavik, Capital Region H÷fu­borgarsvŠ­i. Marker is at the intersection of Laugavegur and VatnsstÝgur, on the right when traveling west on Laugavegur. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Laugavegur 31, Reykjavik, Capital Region H÷fu­borgarsvŠ­i 101, Iceland.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hverfisgata 45 (within shouting distance of this marker); Laugavegur 15 (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); Skˇlav÷r­ustÝgur 13 (about 180 meters away); Tobbukot (about 180 meters away); Sj˙krah˙s HvÝtabandsins / White Ribbon Hospital (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Laugavegur (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); The Culture House / Safnah˙si­ (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Dr. Gunnlaugur ClŠssen (approx. 0.3 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Reykjavik.
 
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Founding of the Reykjavik Water Utility marker - Wide view, looking north on VatnsstÝgur image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 18, 2018
3. Founding of the Reykjavik Water Utility marker - Wide view, looking north on VatnsstÝgur
The marker is visible on the left, by the hydrant.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 29, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 29, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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