• Photo of the Beaver Marsh by Jeffrey Gibson.

    Cuyahoga Valley

    National Park Ohio

Water Shortage

In the valley lowlands, groundwater is not easily accessible. Most buildings in communities such as Peninsula need to obtain potable water from outside sources and store it in an outside cistern. In seasons with very little rainfall, this can be both expensive and in high demand. Throughout the 20th century to the present day, water haulers have helped valley residents overcome the shortage.

 
Oral history audio.

In Their Own Words
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Water Shortage (1 minute 48 seconds)
Philip Urbank, who grew up on Quick Road in Peninsula and worked as a well driller, describes the valley water shortage and the steps that residents take to provide water to their homes and businesses.


 
Howe aqueduct.
Valley communities need to find outside sources of water. In 1825, Richard Howe built this aqueduct near Yellow Creek to carry water.
Courtesy/Bath Township Historical Society

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