Erie Water Works History Scroll through the Erie Water Works history for an in-depth look at how clean water was brought to Erie. 1815-1840: Water came from shallow wells and natural springs, like the Brown’s Hotel’s two natural springs. 1910: “Big Bertha,” a 20 million gallon per day MGD Bethlehem Triple Expansion High Duty Pumping Engine was installed. 1930s: A second pumping and filtration facility was completed servicing Southeastern Erie and Wesleyville. 1950s: During an upgrade “Big Bertha” was replaced by three 18MGD Low Service Electric Motor Driven Pumps. 1994-1996: Completed construction of the South Booster Station and the Sigsbee Care Takers House was restored. 2000-2002: Chestnut Street Pumping Station was renovated 2005: Construction of the 12th and Myrtle Distribution Storage Facility was completed. 2006-2007: Several Water Main Replacement and/or Extension projects were completed.