|Introduction||Historical Background||Chronology||Geography||Biography||Technology||Ownership and Financing||General Bibliography|
The first permanent European settlement in Massachusetts was at Plymouth, where the Mayflower arrived with Pilgrims in 1620. Maine was a part of Massachusetts until it became a separate state in 1820, and aqueduct companies chartered under Massachusetts law are included in Maine page.
1799 An Act Allowing Proprietors of Aqueducts to Manage the Same. February, 1799. Allowed any number of individuals to form an Aqueduct Company by applying to a local Justice of the Peace. The value of property owned by a company formed under this act could not exceed $30,000. Prior to this, Aqueduct Companies could only be formed by an act of the General Court.
1870 An act to authorize cities and towns to purchase water-rights. March 19, 1870.
1873 An act to dissolve certain corporations, June 2, 1873.
1876 "Water Supply," from Seventh Annual report of the State Board of Health of Massachusetts. January, 1876. Includes data on aqueducts serving 46 communities in the Commonwealth.
1907 An act to prevent waste of water in cities and towns supplied from the sources or works of the Metropolitan Water District. June 15, 1907. Required installation of water meters.
2016 Department of Public Utilities History, Prepared by Paul E. Osborne, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, March 2016
2016 Water Franchise Areas in Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Prepared by Paul E. Osborne, Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, March 2016
|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 apparently not built. A "*" indicates a notable system that apparently served only one family.|
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