March 24 – Happy Birthday Sam LaBate

239f5913e3f74f9589cffa725bee60b4When you turn on a faucet in Amsterdam, the water that pours out originates in the foothills of the Adirondacks at the Glen Wild watershed. From there it travels about 18 miles through a 24″ pipe to the Amsterdam Water Treatment plant up on Brookside Avenue, where it is treated and purified. It then gets stored in tanks and eventually pushed into Amsterdam’s underground water distribution system. That system provides about 5 million gallons of water per day to the thousands of users in this City and surrounding areas. The City’s portion of that water system consists of a complicated maze of hundreds of miles of pipes and valves, much of it well over a century old. No accurate or complete schematic of this underground infrastructure exists on paper or in a digital file. It was said the only one that did, was sketched into the powerful memory of today’s Amsterdam Birthday Blog celebrant…

You can read the rest of my story about this Amsterdam native in my new book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays.” To order your copy, click here.

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