Documentary History of American Water-works

Introduction Historical Background Chronology Geography Biography Technology Ownership and Financing General Bibliography
North Central States
Illinois Waukegan

Waukegan, Illinois

Waukegan was incorporated as a city in 1859.

The first water works used water from an artesian well that flowed into a small tank.  Two steam engines were added to assist with pumping and a connection was made with the Lake Michigan water supply of the U.S. Sugar Company.  The wells were abandoned in 1894 when the city opened its own supply from Lake Michigan, that was pumped directly into the city's mains.

Water is provided by the city of Waukegan.


References
1885 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Waukegan, Lake County, Illinois. October 1885

1882 Waukegan, Engineering News, 9:24 (January 21, 1882)

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

1890 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Waukegan, Lake County, Illinois. August 1890

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

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

1892 "New Corporations," Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, Illinois), February 20, 1892, Page 9.
Springfield, Feb 19.  The Waukegan Water Works Company, Waukegan; capital stock, $100,000; incorporators, C. E. Loss, Homer Cooke, and Charles Whitney.

1892 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Waukegan, Lake County, Illinois. June 1892

1894 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Waukegan, Lake County, Illinois. January 1894

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

1900 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Waukegan, Lake County, Illinois. April 1900

1906 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Waukegan, Lake County, Illinois. January 1906

1912 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Waukegan, Lake County, Illinois. February 1912

1913 "Calcium Hypochlorite Treatment of Lake Michigan Water at Waukegan," by W. J. Allen, Proceedings of the Fifth Meeting of the Illinois Water Supply Association 5:203-205 (March, 1913)

1914 "Experiences with Waukegan Water Supply," by W. J. Allen, Proceedings of the Sixth Meeting of the Illinois Water Supply Association 6:116-118 (July, 1914)

1917 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Waukegan, Lake County, Illinois. April 1917

1924 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Waukegan, Lake County, Illinois. June 1924


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