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|Middle Atlantic||New York|
The first permanent European settlers New York arrived in the early 17th Century and settled along the Hudson River. New York was the most populous state from 1810 to 1962.
Waterworks corporations were required to secure a charter from the state legislature before 1873. Villages were given the right to establish waterworks without state legislation in 1875.
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1638-1922 Laws of the State of New York 1638-1922
act concerning standard measures of capacity. April 29, 1829.
3. The gallon for liquids, shall be a vessel of such capacity as to contain at the mean pressure of the atmosphere, at the level of the sea, eight pounds of distilled water at its maximum density. [0.128 cubic feet or 221.184 cubic inches]
on Water for Locomotives and Boiler Incrustations: Made to the
President and Directors of the New York Central Railroad
1873 An act in relation to the creation and formation of water-works companies in towns and villages of the State of New York. June 12, 1873.
1875 An act to authorize the villages of the State of New York to furnish pure and wholesome water to the inhabitants thereof, April 29, 1875
1881 Report on a Water Supply for New York and Other Cities of the Hudson Valley, by John Thomas Fanning
1882 Report no. 2 on a water supply for New York and other cities of the Hudson Valley, by John Thomas Fanning
act in relation to transportation corporations, exception railroads,
constituting chapter forty of the general laws. June 7, 1890.
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act to establish a state water commission, to define it powers and
duties, and making an appropriation therefor. June 3,
The law provides that no municipal corporation or other civil division of the State, no private water company, and no individual shall have the right to construct a public water-supply system or seek a new source of water supply which involves the acquisition of land until maps, plans, and profiles of the proposed work have been submitted to and approved by the State Water Supply.Commission.
act to amend chapter seven hundred and twenty-three of the laws of
nineteen hundred and five, entitled "An act to establish a state water
commission, to define it powers and duties, and making an appropriation
therefor," generally. May 11, 1906.
Law made applicable to individuals and other corporations.
act relating to conservation of lands, forest, water, parks, hydraulic
power, fish and game. July 12, 1911.
Article 9. Water Supply
1937 Engineering report on the water supplies of Long Island, by Russell Suter. | partial maps |
1960 Water for New York : a study in state administration of water resources, by Roscoe C. Martin.
1977 "Water Works History: A Comparison of Albany, Utica, Syracuse, and Rochester" by Joseph W. Barnes, Rochester History 29(1):1-24 (July 1977)
2017 Corporations and American Democracy, by Naomi R. Lamoreaux, William J. Novak
|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.|
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