|Introduction||Historical Background||Chronology||Geography||Biography||Technology||Ownership and Financing||General Bibliography|
|Middle Atlantic States||Pennsylvania|
Pennsylvania became a state in 1787.
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 authorizing the formation of partnership associations, in which the capital subscribed shall alone be responsible for the debts of the association, except under certain circumstances. April 2, 1874.
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
1905 An act providing that the right of eminent domain, as respects the appropriation of streams, rivers or waters, or the land covered thereby, shall not be exercised by water companies incorporated under law. April 13, 1905.
1905 An act to authorize railroad companies of this Commonwealth, in order to secure an adequate supply of water for their corporate purposes, to acquire, hold, dispose of, and guarantee the stock and securities of water companies. April 22, 1905.
1907 An act defining the rights and duties of water companies, and compelling them to furnish water to municipalities in which their source or supply is located, or forfeit their rights to a sufficient quantity of water from such sources as will supply the needs of such municipality, city, borough, or township, and the inhabitants thereof; also giving private and municipal water companies, organized under the provisions of this act, the right to condemn, take, and appropriate, with the consent and approval of the State Water Supply Commission, a sufficient quantity of water, from any source of supply lying within the corporate limits of the municipality, when such source of supply is not being utilized for supplying water to such municipality and the inhabitants thereof; also providing that water companies file statements with the State Water Supply Commission, under certain conditions, and making their failure to do so a misdemeanor, and prescribing penalties for a violation of the same. May 28, 1907.
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.
1909 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.
act providing a system of government for boroughs, and revising,
amending, and consolidating the laws relating to boroughs. May
Chapter VI. Article XVII. Public Service. (a) Water Supply and Water-Works.
1919 The Law Relating to Water and Water Power Companies: With an Appendix Containing the Law Relating to the Water Supply Commission, Rules of Procedure and Forms, by Pennsylvania Water Supply Commission
1923 An act authorizing the sale, assignment, disposition, transfer, and conveyance of the franchises and of the property, real, personal and mixed, of any water or power water companies organized prior to the first day of April, one thousand nine hundred and five, to another water or water power company, also organized prior to the first day of April, one thousand nine hundred and five; and providing the manner in which said sale and purchase shall be effected. May 17, 1923.
Report of the Committee on Municipal Authorities of the Joint State
Government Commission, April 10, 1945.
|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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