Documentary History of American Water-Works

Introduction Historical Background Chronology Geography Biography Technology Ownership and Financing General Bibliography
Middle Atlantic States New York New York City

New York City, New York

New York City was first settled by Europeans when the Dutch arrived 1624. 

The first water works were built by Christopher Colles in 1774, but the arrival of the British Army in August 1776 ended the project while the works were being tested.

In 1799, the Manhattan Company was chartered to distribute water in Manhattan, and distributed well water through wooden pipes. 

The City of New York constructed a water tank and iron pipes for fire protection in 1830 and after much study decided to impound the water of the Croton River and deliver it through an aqueduct. 

The Croton System includes the First or Old Croton Aqueduct completed with a celebration on October 14, 1842, and a Second or New Croton  Aqueduct completed in 1890.

The Catskill System was completed in 1915.

The Delaware System includes an Aqueduct completed in 1944 and several reservoirs to deliver water from the Delaware River.

Water is currently provided by the City of New York, which includes a History of New York City's Water Supply System and a map of New York City's Water Supply System.

 

References
1844   Reminiscences of the City of New York and Its Vicinity

1881 New York City, Engineering News, 8:91 (March 5, 1881)

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

1888 "New York City," from Manual of American Water Works, Volume 1.

1890 "New York City," from Manual of American Water Works, Volume 2.

1891 "New York City," from Manual of American Water Works, Volume 3.

1896 The Water Supply of the City of New York, 1658-1895  by Edward Wegmann

1897 "New York City," from Manual of American Water Works, Volume 4.

1899 Annual Report of the Department of Water Supply of the City of New York, Volumes 1-3 by New York Board of Water Supply | Volumes 1-68 |

1917 "Water Works History" from Twenty Second Annual Report of the American Scenic and Historic Preservation Society 1917

1932 "World's Longest Water Tunnel" from Popular Science, Volume 121, Number 6, Page 35 (December 1932) City water tunnel number 2

1956 Water for the Cities by Nelson Blake, includes several chapters on New York City.

1962 "New York City," from Public Water Supplies of the 100 Largest Cities in the United States, 1962, US Geological Survey Water Supply Paper 1812, by Charles Norman Durfor and Edith Becker

2000 Water for Gotham by Gerard T. Koeppel

2006 Water-works: The Architecture and Engineering of the New York City Water Supply, by Kevin Bone, Gina Pollara, Albert F. Appleton.  This is an excellent book with many photographs and engineering drawings.  A favorite!

2013 History of NYC Water System by Catskill Watershed Corporation

2013 The Contentious History of Supplying Water to Manhattan by Lauren Robinson, Museum of the City of New York

2013 Empire of Water: An Environmental and Political History of the New York City Water Supply by David Soll

2014 The Croton and Catskill Systems: Meeting the Demand for Water in New York City by Lauren Robinson, Museum of the City of New York

2015 New York City Tunnel No. 3







2015 Morris A. Pierce