Documentary History of American Water-works

Introduction Historical Background Chronology Geography Biography Technology Ownership and Financing General Bibliography
Pacific States California

California

The first permanent European settlers in California were Franciscans who arrived in the late 18th Century.  They built nineteen missions, several of which had extensive water works.  California became a state on September 9, 1850.

References
1852 An act to provide for the incorporation of Water Companies.  May 3, 1852.

1858 An act for the incorporation of Water Companies.  April 22, 1858.

1870 The General Laws of the State of California, from 1850 to 1864 Inclusive | Also see |
Pages 152-156:  Water Companies

1911 An act to provide for the incorporation and organization and management of municipal water districts.  May 1, 1911.

Guide to the California Water Companies Miscellany

Inventory of the Public Utilities Commission. Annual Reports of Utilities Records: Part I


Alphabetical
Auburn
Columbia
Dutch Flat
Forest Hill
Grass Valley
Iowa Hill
Jackson
Lompoc
Los Angeles
Marysville
Menlo Park
Nevada City
North San Juan
Petaluma
Placerville
Red Bluff
Red Dog
Sacramento
San Antonio de Padua
San Diego
San Francisco
San Jose
San Mateo
Santa Barbara
Santa Cruz
Sausalito
Soledad
Sonora
Stockton
Suisun City
Ventura
West Sacramento
Yreka

Chronological
1774 1 San Antonio de Padua
1790 2
Santa Barbara
1796 3 Soledad
1808 4 Lompoc
1815 5 San Diego
1815 6 Ventura
1850 7
Sausalito
1851 8 San Francisco
1852 9 Nevada City
1852 10 Sacramento
1853 11 Grass Valley
1853 12 Placerville
1854 13 Sonora
1855 14 Columbia
1855 15 Jackson
1857 16 Auburn
1857 17 Iowa Hill
1857 18 Petaluma
1858 19 Red Dog
1858 20 Suisun City
1859 21 Dutch Flat
1859 22 Marysville
1859 23 Santa Cruz
1859 24 Stockton
1860 25 North San Juan
1861 26 Forest Hill
1861 27 Red Bluff
1862 28 West Sacramento
1862 29 Yreka
1864 30 Los Angeles
1864 31 Menlo Park
1865 32 San Jose
1870
San Mateo
Note: The second column in the chronological table above shows the order in which systems were built in the state. Where no number is shown, a system was proposed but not built.

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