Documentary History of American Water-works

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Middle Atlantic New York

New York State

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.

New York Water Environmental Association | New York Rural Water Association | New York Section, American Water Works Association


References
1638-1922 Laws of the State of New York 1638-1922

1829 An 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]

1865 Report 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

1890 An act in relation to transportation corporations, exception railroads, constituting chapter forty of the general laws.  June 7, 1890.
Pages 1149-1151:  Water Works Corporations

1905 An act to establish a state water commission, to define it powers and duties, and making an appropriation therefor.  June 3, 1905. 
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.

1906 An 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.

1911 An 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


Alphabetical
Albany
Amsterdam
Andes
Argyle
Attica
Auburn
Avon
Ballston Spa
Batavia
Binghamton
Brooklyn
Buffalo
Burlington Flats
Cambridge
Camden
Canajoharie
Canandaigua
Catskill
Cazenovia
Chateaugay
Cherry Valley
Chester
Cohoes
College Point
Coney Island
Cooperstown
Corning
Coxsackie
Dansville
Delhi
Dunkirk
Ellenville
Elmira
Fayetteville
Flushing
Fort Ann
Fort Edward
Fort Plain
Frankfort
Fredonia
Garden City
Geddes
Geneseo
Geneva
Gilboa
Glens Falls
Gloversville
Goshen
Gravesend
Green Island
Hamilton
Hillburn
Hornell
Howard
Hudson
Ithaca
Jamestown
Johnstown
Jordan
Kingston
Lansingburgh
Lebanon Springs
Le Roy
Lee Center
Lenox
Lewiston
Little Falls
Lockport
Long Island City
Lyons
Machias
Malone
Manlius
Medina
Middletown
Mount Morris
Naples
New York City
New York Mills
Newark
Newburgh
Niagara Falls
Nyack
Ogdensburg
Olean
Ossining
Oswego
Otego
Owego
Oxford
Peekskill
Phelps
Phoenix
Pike
Plattsburgh
Port Henry
Port Jervis
Potsdam
Poughkeepsie
Preble
Richfield Springs
Rochester
Rome
Saint Johnsville
Salina
Saratoga Springs
Schaghticoke
Schenectady
Schoharie
Southampton
Suspension Bridge
Syracuse
Ticonderoga
Troy
Utica
Walton
Warsaw
Warwick
Waterford
Watertown
Watervliet
Waverly
Wellsville
West Point
Westernville
Westfield
Whitehall
Whitesboro
Williamsburg
Williamsville
Yonkers

Chronological
1678 1 Albany
1775 2 New York City
1786 3 Hudson
1794 4 Cooperstown
1794 5 Oxford
1795 6 Lansingburgh
1797 7 Geneva
1798 8 Troy
1798 9 Lebanon Springs
1799 10
Schenectady
1799 11 Whitesboro
1800 12 Fort Edward
1801
Cazenovia
1802
Hamilton
1802 13 Utica
1803 14 Catskill
1804 15 Ballston Spa
1804 16
Coxsackie
1804 17 Kingston
1805 18 Argyle
1805 19 Schaghticoke
1806 20 Fort Ann
1806 21 Little Falls
1806
Newburgh
1807
Otego
1807 22
Waterford
1810 23 Malone
1810 24 Johnstown
1813
Lenox
1814 25 Phelps
1816 26 Canandaigua
1817 27 Manlius
1817 28 Newburgh
1817 29
Pike
1818 30 Plattsburgh
1819 31
Schoharie
1820 32 Amsterdam
1820
Cherry Valley
1820 33 Rochester
1821
Syracuse
1822
Geddes
1822 34 Ithaca
1824 35 Potsdam
1825
Salina
1825 36 Saratoga Springs
1826
Watertown
1827
Lewiston
1827
Ogdensburg
1827 37 Southampton
1828 38 Whitehall
1829 39 Buffalo
1829
Niagara Falls
1830 40 West Point
1832
Brooklyn
1832
Rome
1834 41 Chester
1835 42 Poughkeepsie
1836
Fayetteville
1837 43 Burlington Flats
1838
Williamsville
1843 44 Syracuse
1844 45 Camden
1845 46 Geneseo
1848 47 Cohoes
1849 48 Gilboa
1850 49 Naples
1851
Auburn
1851
Frankfort
1851
Machias
1851 50 Ossining
1851
Westernville
1852 51 Canajoharie
1853 52 Watertown
1853
Williamsburg
1854
Howard
1855 53 Port Henry
1855
Yonkers
1857 54 Avon
1857
Binghamton
1857
Fort Plain
1857
Fredonia
1858 55 Brooklyn
1860 56 Elmira
1860 57 Medina
1863 58 Lockport
1863 59
Preble
1864
Cambridge
1864
Long Island City
1865 60 Auburn
1867 61 Gouverneur
1867 62 Middletown
1867 63 Mount Morris
1867 64 Oswego
1868 65 Binghamton
1868 66 Ogdensburg
1869 67 Batavia
1869 68 Lee Center
1870 69 New York Mills
1870 70 Port Jervis
1870 71 Warsaw
1871 72 Port Byron
1872 73 Corning
1872 74 Delhi
1872 75 Dunkirk
1872 76 Ellenville
1872 77 Glens Falls
1872 78 Goshen
1872 79 Rome
1872 80 Warwick
1873 81 Dansville
1873 82 Hillburn
1873 83 Jamestown
1873 84 Nyack
1874 85 Flushing
1875 86 College Point
1875 87 Le Roy
1875 88 Long Island City
1875 89 Peekskill
1875 90 Ticonderoga
1876 91 Andes
1876 92 Garden City
1876 93 Suspension Bridge
1876 94 Yonkers
1877 95 Gloversville
1877 96 Niagara Falls
1877 97 Watervliet
1878 98 Green Island
1878 99 Lyons
1878 100 Olean
1879 101 Attica
1879 102 Owego
1879 103 Phoenix
1879 104 Richfield Springs
1879 105 Saint Johnsville
1879 106 Walton
1879 107 Westfield
1880 108 Chateaugay
1880 109 Gravesend
1880 110 Jordan
1880 111 Waverly
1882 112 Hornell
1883 113 Wellsville
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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