|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 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.
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
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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