Documentary History of American Water-works

Introduction Historical Background Chronology Geography Biography Technology Ownership and Financing General Bibliography
New England States Massachusetts Waltham

Waltham, Massachusetts

Waltham was incorporated as a town in 1738 and as a city in 1884.

The town of Waltham built water works in 1873, pumping water from the Charles River to an elevated reservoir using a steam engine.

Water is provided by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority and distributed by the City of Waltham  

1872 An act to supply the town of Waltham with water.  May 4, 1872.

1881 Waltham, from Engineering News 8:509-510  (December 17, 1881)

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

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

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

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

1893 "The Old Infiltration Basin and New Covered Well and Reservoir at Waltham, Mass," Engineering News 30:497-498 (December 21, 1893)

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

1910 "Waltham Water Report," Fire and Water Engineering 47:262 (April 20, 1910)

1917 "Waltham Water Works Notes," Municipal Journal 43:219 (September 6, 1917)

1954 "Progress of the Waltham water works," by Clarence B. French, Journal of the New England Water Works Association 68:113

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