Documentary History of American Water-works

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Middle Atlantic States Pennsylvania

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania became a state in 1787. 

References
1851 An act regulating boroughs.  April 3, 1851
SECTION 2. The powers of the corporation shall be vested in the corporate officers designated in the charter, they shall have power; - XX. To provide a supply of water for the use of the inhabitants.

1857 An act to provide for the incorporation of Gas and Water Companies, March 11, 1857.

1867 An act to enlarge the jurisdiction of the courts of common pleas of this Commonwealth, relative to granting charters of incorporation, and confirming those heretofore granted. March 26, 1867.

1874 An act to provide for the incorporation and regulation of certain corporations. April 29, 1874.  Section 34 governs the incorporation of water companies.

1887 An act supplementary to an act, approved April twenty-ninth, one thousand eight hundred and seventy-four, entitled "An act to provide for the incorporation and regulation of certain corporations," amending the thirty-fourth section thereof, extending its provisions to fuel companies, providing for their capital stock and regulation, and giving them the power of eminent domain. June 2, 1887

1907 Providing for the acquiring of water plants or systems by municipalities, from corporations, firms, or individuals, and the manner of ascertaining and arriving at the value of the same; and to authorize municipalities of this Commonwealth to issue bonds, secured by such water plants or systems, for the payment thereof; and to provide a sinking-fund therefor, out of the revenues of said plants.  May 31, 1907.

1911 Report of the Water Supply Commission of Pennsylvania 1909.  Includes a list of early water companies and all water systems currently operating in the Commonwealth.

1915 An act providing a system of government for boroughs, and revising, amending, and consolidating the laws relating to boroughs.  May 4, 1915.
Chapter VI. Article XVII. Public Service. (a) Water Supply and Water-Works.


Alphabetical
Aaronsburg
Allegheny
Allentown
Beaver Borough
Beaver Falls
Bedford
Bellefonte
Berrysburg
Berwick
Bethany
Bethlehem
Boyertown
Bristol
Brookville
Carlisle
Catasauqua
Centre Hall
Centreville
Chambersburg
Chestnut Hill
Columbia
Easton
Erie
Fogelsville
Gettysburg
Germantown
Greensburg
Harrisburg
Henrysburg
Hollidaysburg
Honesdale
Kensington
Jim Thorpe
Johnstown
Kennett Square
Kingston
Lancaster
Lewistown
Lock Haven
Loudon
Meadville
Mechanicsburg
Media
Milford
Nazareth
Norristown
Palmyra
Philadelphia
Pillow
Pittsburgh
Pittston
Pottsville
Reading
Rebersburg
Schaefferstown
Schuylkill Haven
Scranton
Slatington
Spring Garden
Tamaqua
Tuscarora
Tyrone
Warriors Mark
West Chester
Wilkes-Barre
Williamsport
Womelsdorf
York

Chronological
1744 1 Schaefferstown
1754 2 Bethlehem
1772 3 Lancaster
1773 4 Nazareth
1792
Philadelphia
1801 5 Philadelphia
1802 6 Beaver Borough
1807 7 Bellefonte
1807
Meadville
1807
York
1808
Palmyra
1809 8 Aaronsburg
1809 9 Rebersburg
1813
Pittsburgh
1815
Milford
1816
Allentown
1816 10 York
1817 11 Easton
1818 12 Bedford
1818 13 Berwick
1818 14 Chambersburg
1819 15 Henrysburg
1821 16 Loudon
1821 17 Reading
1823 18 Columbia
1823
Harrisburg
1823 19
Gettysburg
1824 20 Milford
1826 21 Bethany
1826
Norristown
1826
Womelsdorf
1827 22 Allentown
1828 23
Pittsburgh
1830 24 Lewistown
1832
Wilkes-Barre
1836 25 Pottsville
1841 26 Erie
1841 27 Harrisburg
1841
Hollidaysburg
1841 28 Kingston
1841 29 West Chester
1842 30 Allegheny
1842 31 Catasauqua
1842 32 Kennett Square
1844 33 Spring Garden
1846 34
Brookville
1848
Centreville
1848 35 Norristown
1849 36 Jim Thorpe
1850 37
Berrysburg
1851 38 Germantown
1851 39 Kensington
1851 40 Pillow
1851 41
Tamaqua
1852 42 Honesdale
1853 43 Slatington
1854 44 Carlisle
1854

Fogelsville
1854

Lock Haven
1855 45 Media
1855
Schuylkill Haven
1855 46 Warriors Mark
1856 47 Boyertown
1856
Johnstown
1856 48 Pittston
1856
Tuscarora
1856 49 Williamsport
1857
Bristol
1858 50 Centre Hall
1858
Greensburg
1858 51 Mechanicsburg
1858 52 Scranton
1858
Tyrone
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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