Documentary History of American Water-works

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South Atlantic States
Georgia Rome

Rome, Georgia

Rome was incorporated as a city in 1834.

The city built water works in 1871 pumping water from wells into a standpipe that was later converted into a clock tower.

The Oostanaula river was used as a source starting in 1892 and a filter plant was constructed in 1900.

Water is supplied by the City of Rome.

1870 An Act to authorize the Mayor and Council of the city of Rome to issue bonds and borrow money for purposes therein specified.  September 28, 1870.

1870 "Report of the Committee on Water Works," The Rome Weekly Courier, November 18, 1870, Page 2.

1870 "Rome Water Works," The Rome Weekly Courier, December 2, 1870, Page 3.
Sealed proposals for the completion of a system of Water Works.

1871 "The Water Works," The Rome Weekly Courier, December 1, 1871, Page 4.
Thursday evening the huge engine was put in motion.

1881 Rome, Engineering News, 8:393 (October 1, 1881)

1882 Rome from "The Water-Supply of Certain Cities and Towns of the United States," by Walter G. Elliot, C. E., Ph. D.

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

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

1891 The Morning News (Savannah, Georgia), May 4, 1891, Page 6.
Rome's water supply is to be increased, and the water works committee of the city council is now giving this question a thorough study.  Two more artesian wells will probably be bored.

1891 "Rome's New Water Works," The Morning News (Savannah, Georgia), May 27, 1891, Page 2.
Half a mile from Rome, on top of Tibbs mountain, a new water works will be established with a capacity of 100,000 gallons per day.  J. Paul Cooper, William Tower and others form the new company.  Its design is to give Rome the finest water works system in the state, and it will.

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

1895 An Act to amend the charter of the city of Rome so as to create a water commission for said city, to define its powers and duties, to prevent the pollution of the city water, damage to its water-works, and to make it the duty of the commissioners to try or prosecute all persons injuring or damaging the same.  November 16, 1895.

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

1899 "Rome's Water Supply," The Atlanta Constitution, December 30, 1899, Page 3.

1909 The Code of the City of Rome: Containing the Charter of 1909, Ordinances Adopted by the Mayer and Council, Etc

1918 Rural Sanitation.  A report on Special studies made in 15 counties in 1914, 1915, and 1916, by L. L. Lumden, Surgeon, United States Public Health Service.  Public Health Bulletin No. 94.
Pages 232-233:  Findings in Rome.  Water Supply

1997 Jackson Hill Historic District, National Register of Historic Places Registration Form, National Register # 97000370
Page 4:  the construction of a water reservoir and filter plant as part of Rome's second waterworks system from 1892 to c. 1939

2019 Morris A. Pierce