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New England States Massachusetts Webster

Webster, Massachusetts

Webster was incorporated as a town in 1832.

The first water system was built by Horatio N. Slater (son of Samuel Slater) and run in connection with his woolen mill.  Water was pumped into an elevated reservoir.  Domestic supply was introduced in 1882 and the system was bought by the town in 1893 and they built a new system that began service on January 1, 1894.

Water is provided by the Town of Webster.

1888 "Horatio Nelson Slater," Wade's Fibre and Fabric 8:250 (October 6, 1888)
Some idea of the extent of Mr. Slater's interest in Webster may be gathered from the fact that his firm controlled the water works and paid one-third of eh total taxation of the town.

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

1889 History of Worcester County, Massachusetts: With Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Pioneers and Prominent Men, Volume 1, by Duane Hamilton Hurd
Page 363:  The water with which the inhabitants of the town and the Fire Department are supplied is furnished from a reservoir belonging to one of these establishments, through pipes of the town water-works, first laid in 1867, for which an annual rental is paid by the town.

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

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

1893 An act to supply the town of Webster with water.  March 30, 1893.

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

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