Icon Water has launched an online portal that celebrates 100 years of Canberra’s water supply.

The interactive website is aimed at a range of users from educators and students to historians and tries to tell the story of the people who have built the water network to what it is today.

Icon Water spokeswoman, Angie Drake, acknowledged the important work by the people at Icon Water now, and the many hundreds of predecessors that have contributed over the last ten decades.

“The interactive website is a fantastic education tool that will be utilised by the ACT and wider community.”

“2015 is the 100 year celebration of both the Cotter Dam and of Icon Water and we are very excited to be able to provide a commemoration of the important history of our business and of our community over the last 100 years through this website,”

“The 100 year portal allows users to travel back in time and experience the last 100 years of our water story in Canberra, seeing and hearing from those who have helped build it,” Ms Drake said.

Without the championing efforts of Frederick Campbell and Ernest de Burgh, the nation’s capital would have most likely been located near Tumut or Dalgety. It’s through this website people can learn about key figures such as Mr Campbell and Mr de Burgh, as well as how Canberra and its water supply evolved with the changing world.

“We know that the location of Australia’s capital city, Canberra, was determined largely because of the reliability of the iconic water supply in the Cotter River. The Icon Water 100 website allows the user to explore the early days of the city, when it was little more than a sheep paddock and go back to where it all began,” Ms Drake said.

“The Icon Water 100 website digitalises our history and makes Icon Water’s profound ‘water’ moments accessible to everyone”.

Explore the site here

Jessica Dickers is an experienced journalist, editor and content creator who is currently the Editor of Utility’s sister publication, Infrastructure. With a strong writing background, Jessica has experience in journalism, editing, print production, content marketing, event program creation, PR and editorial management. Her favourite part of her role as editor is collaborating with the sector to put together the best industry-leading content for the audience.

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