Documentary History of American Water-works

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Middle Atlantic States New York Nyack

Nyack, New York

Nyack was incorporated as a village in 1872.

The Nyack Water Works Company was incorporated on March 28, 1873 and built a gravity system.  This proved insufficient and in 1883 a steam pumping engine was added to deliver water from the Hackensack River into the elevated reservoirs.

The village bought the Nyack Water Works Company from the heirs of Voorhis for $107,000 in 1896, and rebuilt the system.

Water is provided by the Village of Nyack.


References
1873 An act to incorporate the Nyack Water-works Company.  March 26, 1873.

1884 An act to amend chapter one hundred and sixty-two of the laws of eighteen hundred and seventy-three, entitled "An act to incorporate the Nyack Water-works Company."  April 12, 1884

1886 Nyack, Engineering News, 15:268 (April 24, 1886)

1886 The History of Rockland County, by Frank Bertangue Green
Page 354:  The Nyack Water Works Company was chartered May 28, 1873, through the efforts of Hon. William Voorhis, its President.  The first reservoir, standing east of Hillside avenue, proving insufficient to meet the demands, a second was built near the Prospect House, followed by a third on Main street, near the ice house.  The supply still being insufficient, Mr. Voorhis tapped the Hackensack near the turnpike bridge in 1883, and by means of a powerful steam pump, forced the water up to his reservoir.  By this procedure an unfailing supply is guaranteed.

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

1890 William Voorhis (1819-1890) grave

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

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

1896 An act in relation to furnishing pure and wholesome water to the inhabitants of the village of Nyack.  May 11, 1896

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

1898 Annual Report of the State Board of Health of New York, Volume 19, Part 1
Page 464:  South Nyack Water Supply

1902 Historical record to the close of the nineteenth century of Rockland County, New York, by Arthur Sidney Tompkins
Pages 381-382:  Nyack Water Works






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