Documentary History of American Water-works

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New England States Massachusetts Agawam

Agawam, Massachusetts

Agawam was incorporated as a town in 1855 and as a city in 1973.

The first water works was built by Charles L. Goodhue of Springfield and began service in January, 1877.

The town of Agawam built another system in 1905, but the 1877 works were still providing service to a few homes by 1915.

Water is provided by the Springfield Water and Sewer District and distributed by the Town of Agawam  

1882 Agawam, from Engineering News 9:328  (September 16, 1882)

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

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

1889 Examinations of the water supplies and inland waters of Massachusetts. 1887-1890, December, 1889.
Page 9:  Water Supply of Agawam.

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

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

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

1904 "Agawam's Water Famine," The Boston Globe, September 14, 1904, Page 11.
Lighting struck main pipe and put it out of commission.

1905 An act to provide a water supply for the town of Agawam.  May 1, 1905.

1915 McGraw Waterworks Directory
Page 220:  Agawam Water Company. Supplies Agawam St. of the town of Agawam. This system has been largely replaced by the municipal one above. Owned by estate of C. L. Goodhue, Springfield. Mgr., Dr. H. H. Huntington

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