WWC Mission Statement
The mission of the Water Works Conservancy, Inc. (WWC) is to tell the story of water as a vital resource, through the historic interaction between the Hackensack River, its ecosystem and the humans who depend upon it. Additionally, WWC supports the preservation and restoration of the historic and architecturally significant Hackensack Water Works, which includes the pump house, water filtration and purification plant, coagulation basin, the unique steam-powered pumping equipment and 100-year timeline of technology intact within the site. Further, WWC supports the restoration and protection of the river ecosystem.
A SHORT HISTORY OF THE WATER WORKS CONSERVANCY, INC.
The Water Works Conservancy, Inc. (WWC), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, history, educational and historic preservation advocacy organization, started in 1994 as a grassroots effort to save the historic Hackensack Water Works site on Van Buskirk Island in Oradell, NJ. At this site in 1906, a water treatment and delivery process was instituted which made water pure and safe to drink, free from water born diseases, for the first time in history. This site is the only surviving intact site of its kind. This method of water treatment became the national and international standard.
WWC incorporated (in 1999) and has broadened its mission to
tell the story of water through the historic interaction between the
Hackensack River, its ecosystem and the humans who depend upon it. WWC
asks the question, as we study the history of this beautiful Valley,
how do we protect and nourish it and create a future that will sustain
the River, the Valley and the humans who live in the valley?
WWC supports preserving the historic integrity of the historic Hackensack Water Company site and the steam pumping equipment and 100-year timeline of technology inside for future generations. WWC is also dedicated to re-creating Hackensack River habitat on the industrialized Van Buskirk Island and providing educational programming for the public.
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