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Copenhagen's oldest water supply

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The waters of Damhussøen are surrounded by meadows and footpaths running northwards as far as the wetlands of Utterslev Mose and southwards to the shore of Kalvebod Strand. The total area covered is some 70 hectares. Few people realise that Damhussøen is a reservoir,…

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An end to eels in drinking water

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Supplying the inhabitants of Copenhagen with clean water had long been a problem, and epidemics were everyday fare. The water was fetched from wells in backyards, where the occupants dumped waste and kept animals. In the 1500s, water began to be piped in to the city through wooden pipes. The water came from the surrounding lakes, including the Damhussøen reservoir, and conditions were less than sanitary. During the 1800s, the water supply was gaily referred to as the eel soup". Rumours abounded that eels, frogs, toads and newts were being piped in from the lakes. In 1923, Damhussøen ceased to be a drinking water reservoir. Instead, the plan was for Damhussøn to be converted into greenfield. From being a necessity, the waters of Damhussøen became a source of recreation for the people of Copenhagen. "

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An end to eels in drinking water

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