55 miles of Albany’s 376 miles of water mains were installed in the mid-19th century. However, some of the mains may even be older, with some cast iron mains possibly installed in 1813. If true, Albany would have some of the oldest functioning cast iron water pipe in the western hemisphere.
Incidentally, all of the water mains in the City originally were hollowed-out tree trunks, many installed in the 1700s. We often uncover these inactive wooden water mains when making repairs to existing water and sewer infrastructure. In a few cases, we will retrieve these old wooden water mains for display purposes.