Documentary History of American Water-works

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North Central States
Michigan Saginaw

Saginaw, Michigan

Saginaw was incorporated as a 1857 and was consolidated with East Saginaw in 1890..

The city built a Holly water works system that began service in December, 1873 using one steam-powered Holly Quadruplex and two Holly rotary pumps.  Water was distributed through Wyckoff wood pipes.

Water is supplied by the city of Saginaw, which has a history page.


References and Timeline
1878 "The Holly System of Water Supply and Fire Protection for Cities and Villages," Scientific American Supplement, 6(140supp):2219-2234 (September 7, 1878)

1881 History of Saginaw County, Michigan
Page 631:  The Water Works

1882 Saginaw, Engineering News, 9:428 (December 16, 1882)

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

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

1890 Annual Report of the Board of Water Commissioners to the Common Council of the City of Saginaw for the year ending December 31, 1890.

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

1891 Annual Report of the Board of Water Commissioners to the Common Council of the City of Saginaw for the year ending December 31, 1891.

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

1892 Annual Report of the Board of Water Commissioners to the Common Council of the City of Saginaw for the year ending December 31, 1892. | another copy |

1894 "The Present and Proposed Source of Water Supply of Saginaw, Mich.," Engineering News 31:445 (May 31, 1894)

1895 Charter of the City of Saginaw, Michigan: As Amended in 1891, 1893 and 1895, Together with the Acts of the Legislature, Incorporating the Board of Education of East Saginaw and Union School District of Saginaw as Amended in 1891 and 1895

1895 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan.

1896 Annual Report of the Board of Water Commissioners to the Common Council of the City of Saginaw for the year ending February 29, 1896.

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

1901 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan. Volume 1 | Volume 2 |

1906 Annual Report of the Board of Water Commissioners to the Common Council of the City of Saginaw for the Eighteen Months ending December 31, 1906. | another copy |

1907 Annual Report of the Board of Water Commissioners to the Common Council of the City of Saginaw for the year ending December 31, 1907. | another copy |

1908 Annual Report of the Board of Water Commissioners to the Common Council of the City of Saginaw for the year ending December 31, 1908. | another copy |

1909 Annual Report of the Board of Water Commissioners to the Common Council of the City of Saginaw for the year ending December 31, 1909.

1910 Annual Report of the Board of Water Commissioners to the Common Council of the City of Saginaw for the year ending December 31, 1910. | another copy |

1911 Annual Report of the Board of Water Commissioners to the Common Council of the City of Saginaw for the year ending December 31, 1911. | another copy |

1912 Annual Report of the Board of Water Commissioners to the Common Council of the City of Saginaw for the year ending December 31, 1912. | another copy |

1913 Annual Report of the Board of Water Commissioners to the Common Council of the City of Saginaw for the year ending December 31, 1913.

1918 History of Saginaw County, Michigan: Historical, Commercial, Biographical, Volume 1
Pages 29-230:  The West Side Water System and consolidation of the water works in 1915.

1934 "At Saginaw, Michigan," by Alfred Eckert, Journal of the American Water Works Association 26(11):1723-1729 (November, 1934)

1935 Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Saginaw, Saginaw County, Michigan. Volume 1 | Volume 2 |

1949 "Saginaw-Midland Water Supply Project," by Louis R. Howson and Vernon R. Kneer, Journal of the American Water Works Association 41(2):139-146 (February, 1949)

2016 "The City of Saginaw: A Historical Water Treatment Facility and System Perspective," by P.D. Reinsch, Journal of the American Water Works Association 108:79-73 (December, 2016)




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