Documentary History of American Water-works

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New England States New Hampshire Milford

Milford, New Hampshire

Milford was incorporated as a town in 1794.

The Milford Aqueduct Company built a small system in 1872 that supplied water to six houses.  No other information has been found about this system.

The town built a small fire protection system in 1882 with six hydrants.

The Milford Water Works Company built a system in 1889 that pumped water to a standpipe using a steam engine. The town bought the system a year later..

Water is provided by the Town of Milford


1872 Farmer's Cabinet (Amherst, New Hampshire), July 17, 1872, Page 2.
The "Milford Aqueduct Company" have just finished their water works, and furnished six houses with pure running water.  The reservoir is on land of Howison & Marvell, and is said will not fail in the driest season, the water coming in from springs at the bottom.  It is twenty feet long, by fifteen feet wide and twelve deep.  The main pipe is one inch hole, and throws a pail of water in eight seconds.

1888 New Hampshire Patriot and State Gazette (Concord, New Hampshire), February 2, 1888, Page 5.
The Milford Water Works Company held their first meeting at the office of R. M. Wallace, last week, and organized by the choice of C. S. Averill as chairman and N.W. Ellis of Manchester as clerk.  The capital stock was valued at $40,000.

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

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

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

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

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