Documentary History of American Water-works

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Middle Atlantic States New York Johnstown

Johnstown, New York

Johnstown was founded in 1762.

The Johnstown Aqueduct Company was incorporated in 1810 byWilliam A. Reid, Caleb Johnson, Daniel Holden, Caleb J. Grinnel, and William Van Voast.  According to an 1892 history company "laid pump logs in the streets, but the enterprise was doomed to failure," but doesn't provide any details.  No additional information has been found on this system.

The village approved construction of new water works in 1877 and these began operation on October 5, 1878.

The City of Johnstown currently provides water service.


References
1810 An act to incorporate the Johnstown aqueduct company. March 30, 1810.

1881 Johnstown, from Engineering News 8:342 (August 27, 1881)

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

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

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

1892 "The Johnstown Water-Works," from History of Fulton County: Embracing Early Discoveries, the Advance of Civilization, the Labors and Triumphs of Sir William Johnson, the Inception and Development of the Glove Industry; with Town and Local Records, Also Military Achievements of Fulton County Patriots, by Washington Frothingham
Page 243: In May, 1810, it was voted that Caleb J. Grinnell be allowed $2.75 for finishing the public well, and during the same year the subject of supplying the village with water was agitated, and the legislature passed an act incorporating a company which laid pump logs in the streets, but the enterprise was doomed to failure, and was not successfully revived until 1877.

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




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