As part of the commemorations of OUC’s 100th anniversary, the public is invited to a free admission day at the Orange County Regional History Center in downtown Orlando on Saturday, December 9. Visitors to the museum will have the opportunity to explore not only the museum’s unique artifacts but also view a special display in the History Center’s lobby that commemorates OUC’s contributions to Central Florida.
The display shares a timeline of important events in the utility’s history, along with a selection of historical artifacts, photos, and more. Museum visitors will learn how OUC has been instrumental in Orlando and Central Florida’s growth and development since its founding 100 years ago, providing reliable power and water for residents and businesses in the rapidly developing Central Florida community.
For example, these days, OUC draws pristine water from the lower depths of the Floridan Aquifer, a quarter of a mile below the earth’s surface. However, it might surprise you to learn that until 1957, OUC pumped water from several area lakes (treated before delivery to customers, of course), including Lake Highland, Lake Ivanhoe, Lake Concord, Lake Underhill, Lake Adair, and others.
Shared artifacts housed in the display reflect how OUC has progressed over the years, turning into a dynamic utility that pioneers new technology focused on improving reliability and providing new services to meet the needs of customers.
While unwavering reliability defined our first century, providing innovative solutions and being the partner of choice has become our vision for the future.
From chilled water cooling to solar energy to electric vehicles, OUC continues to deliver services that meet the needs of the community while becoming today’s innovative solutions provider.
The history center exhibit provides the unique opportunity to reflect on just how far OUC has come in our 100 years of serving Central Florida.