Documentary History of American Water-works

Introduction Historical Background Chronology Geography Biography Technology Ownership and Financing General Bibliography
Northwestern States
Nebraska Omaha

Omaha, Nebraska

Omaha was founded in 1854.

Water works were first investigated in 1857.  The first waterworks were built in 1881 by the City Water-Works Company.

The city bought the system on July 1, 1912, for $6,319,000.

The waterworks are currently owned by the Metropolitan Utilities District of Omaha.

1879 Daily Press and Dakotaian (Yankton, South Dakota), August 19, 1879, Page 2.
Omaha, Aug. 27 - The council this morning passed the Holly water works ordinance over the veto of the mayor.  The opponents of the Holly system was taking measures to enjoin the company from contracting with the Holly company.

1882 Omaha, Engineering News, 9:14 (January 14, 1882)

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

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

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

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

1894 History of the City of Omaha, Nebraska, by James Woodruff Savage and John Thomas Bell
Pages 267-272: Chapter XXVII.  Omaha's System of Water Works.

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

1908 Omaha Water Co. v. City of Omaha, 162 Fed. 225, April 7, 1908, Circuit Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit.

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