Documentary History of American Water-works

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

Pasadena, California

Pasadena was incorporated in 1886.

The first water works were built by the North Pasadena Land and Water Company in 1871.

The Pasadena Land and Water Company built a competing system in 1874.

The Pasadena Lake Vinyard Water and Land Company built another competing system in 1883 to supply only its stockholders.

The Mountain Water Company built another system in 1896 for domestic supply.  No further information has been found about this company.

The City of Pasadena bought the three systems mentioned above in 1912 for $1.15 million.

Water is provided by the City of Pasadena.

1882 Pasadena, Engineering News, 10:52  (February 3, 1883)

1888 "Pasadena," from Manual of American Water Works, Volume 1.

1890 "Pasadena," from Manual of American Water Works, Volume 2.

1891 "Pasadena," from Manual of American Water Works, Volume 3.

1897 "Pasadena," from Manual of American Water Works, Volume 4.

1908 City of South Pasadena, Appellant, v. Pasadena Land and Water Company, Respondent, 152 Cal. 579, January 2, 1908, Supreme Court of California

1917 Pasadena, California, historical and personal; a complete history of the organization of the Indiana colony, its establishment on the Rancho San Pascual and its evolution into the city of Pasadena, by John Windell Wood
Pages 354-364:  Chapter XXXVIII. The Water Question.  The story of water in Pasadena in its various phases and its final acquirement by the city.
Pages 365-371: Chapter XXXIX.  Municipal Water.

2020 Morris A. Pierce