Documentary History of American Water-works

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Northwestern States
Iowa Clinton

Clinton, Iowa

Clinton was chartered as a city in 1857.

The city awarded a twenty-year water works franchise to the Clinton Water-Works Company on March 26, 1874

The first waterworks were built in 1874 by the Clinton Water Works Company.    The system was designed by William C. Weir.

The company was bought by the American Water Works and Guarantee Company in October, 1888 and they also purchased the Lyons Water Works Company in 1891.  The Lyons system was combined with the Clinton system and the city of Clinton annexed Lyons in 1895.  The company was reincorporated with the same name in Delaware on November 6, 1906.

Water is provided by Iowa-American Water.

1874 An ordinance to provide for a supply of water for the inhabitants of Clinton, Iowa, for domestic use and fire protection, March 26, 1874, from The Clinton Age, April 3, 1874, Pages 2 & 3.

1879 The History of Clinton County, Iowa
Pages 509-511:  Water-Works. | pdf |

1880 Davis v. The Clinton Water Works Co., 54 Iowa 59, June 15, 1880, Iowa Supreme Court.

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

1888 Sioux City Journal, October 17, 1888, Page 4.
For some time past negotiations have been in progress to transfer the stock of the Clinton Water-works company to the American Water-works and Guarantee company, limited, which has a paid capital of $500,000, principal offices, Pittsburg, Pa.  The conclusion was reached Saturday, and about three-fourths of the entire stock was purchased by the new company of the individual stockholders, the new company also giving a guarantee that it would buy all of the stock at a stipulated price.

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

By an ordinance passed by the city council of the city of Clinton, in the county of Clinton, in the State of Iowa, on the 30th day of March, 1889.

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

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

1892 An act legalizing an ordinance of the city of Clinton, being Chapter 163, and the authority therein and thereby granted to the Clinton Water Works Company to maintain, continue, improve and extend its water works, in said city.  April 1, 1892.

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

1911 Wolfe's History of Clinton County, Iowa, Volume 1, by Patrick B. Wolfe
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1917 Plans and Estimates of a New System of Water-works for the City of Clinton, Iowa, by By Jent George Thorne

1923 Fire and Water Engineering 74(19) (November 7, 1923)
Water Company Gets New Franchise— An ordinance adopted lately by the city council of Clinton, Ia., granting a franchise to the Clinton Water Works Company has been ratified by the voters. The company’s former franchise expired nine years ago and since that time has been operating without a franchise.

1945 "Clinton, Iowa—Survival and Retirement Experience With Water Works Facilities: As of December 31, 1939," Journal of the American Water Works Association 37(9):897-904 (September 1945)

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