Documentary History of American Water-works

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New England States Massachusetts Brookline

Brookline, Massachusetts

Brookline was incorporated as a town in 1705.

The Bookline Water Company was incorporated in 1861 by Theophilus P. Chandler, William I. Bowditch, William H. Hill "for the purpose of furnishing the inhabitants of Brookline with good water."  No evidence has been found that this company built anything.

The town built a water works that pumped groundwater into an elevated reservoir and standpipe using steam engines.  Water service began in May, 1875.  An earthenware (stone-ware) pipe was originally used, but was soon replaced.


Brookline Water Works : source, line of supply and distribution

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


References
1861 An act to incorporate the Bookline Water Company.  April 11, 1861.

1862 An act to amend an act to incorporate the Brookline Water Company.  April 30, 1862.

1872 An act to authorize the town of Brookline to take water from the Charles River.  May 6, 1872.

1875 Report of Committee on rates and regulations for the use of water and an ordinance to establish the Brookline water board.

1875 Brookline Water Works : profile of main pipe from engine house to reservoir

1875 Brookline Water Works : source, line of supply and distribution

1882 Brookline, from Engineering News 9:251  (July 22, 1882)

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

1883 Report of the Special Committee on the Present and Future Water Supply.

1885 Report of the Water Board upon the completion of the plant of the high-service system.

1887 Report of the Special Committee on Additional Water Supply : presented at the adjourned special town meeting, Thursday, Dec. 1, 1887.

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

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

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

1893 "The Covered Reservoir at Brookline, Mass.," Engineering News 30:498-499 (December 21, 1893)

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

1898 Report of the Water Board of Brookline, Massachusetts for the Year ending January 31, 1898

1899 Report of the Water Board of Brookline, Massachusetts for the Year ending January 31, 1899

1900 Report of the Water Board of Brookline, Massachusetts for the Year ending January 31, 1900

1901 Report of the Water Board of Brookline, Massachusetts for the Year ending January 31, 1901

1902 Report of the Water Board of Brookline, Massachusetts for the Year ending January 31, 1902

1903 Report of the Water Board of Brookline, Massachusetts for the Year ending January 31, 1903

1904 Report of the Water Board of Brookline, Massachusetts for the Year ending January 31, 1904

1905 Report of the Water Board of Brookline, Massachusetts for the Year ending January 31, 1905

1905 Report of the Water Board of Brookline, Massachusetts for the Year ending January 31, 1906

1907 Report of the Water Board of Brookline, Massachusetts for the Year ending January 31, 1907

1908 Report of the Water Board of Brookline, Massachusetts for the Year ending January 31, 1908

1909 Report of the Water Board of Brookline, Massachusetts for the Eleven Months Ending December 31, 1909

1910 Report of the Water Board of Brookline, Massachusetts for the Year ending December 31, 1910

1911 Report of the Water Board of Brookline, Massachusetts for the Year ending December 31, 1911

1912 Report of the Water Board of Brookline, Massachusetts for the Year ending December 31, 1912

1913 Report of the Water Board of Brookline, Massachusetts for the Year ending December 31, 1913

1914 Report of the Water Board of Brookline, Massachusetts for the Year ending December 31, 1914

1915 Report of the Water Board of Brookline, Massachusetts for the Year ending December 31, 1915

1916 Report of the Water Board of Brookline, Massachusetts for the Year ending December 31, 1916

1917 Report of the Water Board of Brookline, Massachusetts for the Year ending December 31, 1917

1918 Report of the Water Board of Brookline, Massachusetts for the Year ending December 31, 1918

1919 Report of the Water Board of Brookline, Massachusetts for the Year ending December 31, 1919

1920 Report of the Water Board of Brookline, Massachusetts for the Year ending December 31, 1920

1931 Annual Report of the Water Board of Brookline, Massachusetts for the year ending December 31, 1931.



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