Documentary History of American Water-works

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New England States Massachusetts Arlington

Arlington, Massachusetts

Arlington was settled in 1635 and was incorporated as West Cambridge on February 27, 1807.  On April 30, 1867 the name was changed to Arlington in honor of those buried in  Arlington National Cemetery.

The Middlesex Aqueduct Company was incorporated on October 21, 1799 and constructed a system using wooden pipes, which were replaced with lead pipes around 1829.  In 1907 the system served "at least two dozen families on Massachusetts avenue and Pleasant street."

The Spy Pond Water Company was chartered on February 7, 1855 by John Schouler, Edward Chapman, and Abel G. Peck "for the purpose of furnishing the inhabitants of said town an abundant supply of soft water, by
raising the water of Spy Pond by steam-power into a reservoir, and conducting the same by pipes to the residences of the inhabitants in said town."  The name of the company was changed to the Arlington Lake Water Company on May 7, 1867.  The company was authorized to take the waters of Sucker Brook in May 1871.

On August 16, 1871, voters in the Town of Arlington approved the purchase of the water system.  The town abandoned its water source and joined the Metropolitan system in January,1899, and currently distributes water that is supplied by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority.

Water is provided by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority and distributed by the the Town of Arlington

 

References
1855 An act to incorporate the Spy Pond Water Company.  February 7, 1855.

1867 An act to authorize the Spy Pond Water Company to complete its organization.  February 19, 1867.

1867 An act to change the names of certain corporations in the town of West Cambridge.  May 7, 1867.
The Spy Pond Water Company shall take the name of the Arlington Lake Water Company.

1871 An act relating to the Arlington Lake Water Company.  April 5, 1871.

1873 An act in addition to the acts relating to the Arlington Lake Water Company.  April 25, 1873.

1907 "Middlesex Aqueduct Company" from Town of Arlington, Past and Present: A Narrative of Larger Events and Important Changes in the Village Precinct and Town from 1637 to 1907 by Charles Symmes Parker

1907 "Arlington water works" from Town of Arlington, Past and Present: A Narrative of Larger Events and Important Changes in the Village Precinct and Town from 1637 to 1907 by Charles Symmes Parker



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