21. Greenbrook Water Treatment Plant
20 Greenbrook Drive, Kitchener,
Stirling Ave. closed from Highland Rd. to Homer Watson Blvd.
Approach via Westmount Rd. / Greenbrook Dr., or Homer Watson Blvd. ,
Built 1930, 1960, 1990, 2010,
Access by guided tour only. Go behind the scenes at Greenbrook! Tour the pump room and water treatment area, and learn how water in aquifers deep underground – the source of Waterloo Region’s water – gets to your kitchen tap. Outdoors (weather permitting), find out all about groundwater and supply wells. Public water service in Berlin/Kitchener began 130 years ago, when the first pump house on this site drew from a pond that had once powered a sawmill. It became Berlin’s first public utility when the town acquired the facility. Wells replaced the surface water in 1899. Today Greenbrook is a pump house and former engine house joined to water treatment and filtration wings. The 1930 yellow-brick industrial façade, with its hint of Romanesque Revival, was respected by sympathetic, modern additions. Ample green space and mature trees, along with the building’s low profile, create an excellent landscape. The building was heritage designated in 1998.
• Region of Waterloo Archives will be on hand with a display of photographs and other records related to the history of local water services.
• Water Theme Site
• Guided Tours