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The McTavish reservoir, named for Simon McTavish, is an underground reservoir and park located within McGill University's campus on the southern slope of Mount Royal in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It holds 37 million gallons of water and is supplied by its large Château Style pump-houses located in the south-eastern of the park. The site of the reservoir is also known as Rutherford Park and is the location of the McTavish automated weather reporting station.

The city of Montreal decided to construct the reservoir in 1852, after a devastating fire that destroyed almost half the houses in the city. The fire had broken out while the previous reservoir, located at what is now Saint-Louis Square, was closed for repairs.

In January 2013, a severe flooding on the downtown campus of McGill University affecting several buildings and streets in the downtown area was caused by water coming from the McTavish reservoir.
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cevas

Thank you Brian. They built things to last a long time! But I guess there are limits. : l

goosed

Nice photo. We have similar problems with the repair and maintenance of the Victorian water mains.

cevas

Thank you for your note Dave. You have another neat profile picture!

warbler

Great photo and info, Cathy. Its nice to see them using the greenspace.

cevas

Thank you Mariolyn and Suzy!! I'm glad you enjoyed the picture and the info. : )

pumpkinhead

An interesting history, Cathy.

mariolyn

Incredible.
I hope they also watched footage of Calgary floods.

cevas

Thank you for your notes Jim, Joy, Ellen, Mogens, Lorna, Agnes, Ladywil and Ank!! Yes, I like the style of the pump houses too ... but like Ladywil said ... the old pipes are causing big problems!!

puzzeljac

Wow Cathy I'm impressed, I just saw the videos. How terrible.
But I like the photo and the way this is built.

ladywil

If only the waterworks were not so old, then there would not be flooding or sink holes. This occurs on a regular basis and then we al go...'Not again'

anezka

Interesting information, Kathy - and my greatest lives success, in composing 12 pcs puzzles.....☺☺☺

goingsilver

I like the style of the pump houses, and the videos suggest quite a conflict of interests with the reservoirs existence. Very interesting Cathy, thanks.

Mogens

I find the old buildings beautiful and your info and the videos very interesting. Thanks Cathy :-)

PutterDutt

Interesting mix of architectural styles.

Thinks for posting cevas.

jcarroll

A beautiful photo! Thanks for the info, Cathy!

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