Massive flywheels. Spiral staircases. Arrays of dials.
In 1919, Louisville Water Company’s “Quiet Giant” was an engineering marvel – a 100-foot-tall steam engine that could move millions of gallons of water from the Ohio River.
Now, 100 years later, Louisville Water has completed renovation work of Pumping Station No. 3, including the historic engine. While the giant no longer pumps, those touring the station will be impressed by its size and complexity – a testament to more than a century of water leadership in Louisville.
Today, electric pumps move the water and supply the region’s nearly 1 million people.