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|New England States||Maine|
Maine was a part of Massachusetts until it became a separate state in 1820, and aqueduct companies chartered under Massachusetts law before 1820 are included here.
On March 8, 1821 Maine enacted "An Act enabling Proprietors of Aqueducts to manage the same" that is similar to the 1799 Massachusets law of the same name.
On March 17, 1899, the Kennebec Water District was incorporated and claims to be "first Water District formed in the country," but the Metropoliltan Water District in Massachusetts was formed four years earlier in 1895. Water districts were intended primarily to serve multiple communities and/or to circumvent the strict debt limits on municipalities that restricted their ability to borrow money for water and other services.
According to the Maine Rural Water Association there are 152 water systems in Maine of sufficient size to be regulated by the Maine Public Utilities Commission—85 are districts, 29 are municipal and 38 are private systems.
Maine Office of the Public Advocate maintains a web
page with comparative water rates for systems in that state.
|Note: The second column in the chronological table above shows the order in which systems were built in the state. Where no number is shown, a system was proposed but not built.|