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 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.

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.

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.

1945 A Report of the Committee on Municipal Authorities of the Joint State Government Commission, April 10, 1945.


Alphabetical
Aaronsburg
Allegheny
Allentown
Altoona
Ashland
Beaver Borough
Beaver Falls
Bedford
Bellefonte
Berrysburg
Berwick
Bethany
Bethlehem
Boyertown
Bristol
Brookville
Carlisle
Catasauqua
Centralia
Centre Hall
Centreville
Chambersburg
Cheltenham
Chester
Chestnut Hill
Columbia
Conshohocken
Easton
Erie
Fogelsville
Gettysburg
Germantown
Greensburg
Harrisburg
Hazleton
Henrysburg
Hollidaysburg
Honesdale
Kensington
Jim Thorpe
Johnstown
Kennett Square
Kingston
Lancaster
Laporte
Lewistown
Lock Haven
Loganton
Loudon
Manayunk and Roxborough
Meadville
Mechanicsburg
Media
Milford
Minersville
Moyamensing
Nazareth
New Castle
Norristown
Northern Liberties
Palmyra
Penn
Philadelphia
Pillow
Pittsburgh
Pittston
Pottsville
Reading
Rebersburg
Richmond
Schaefferstown
Schuylkill Haven
Scranton
Slatington
Southwark
Spring Garden
Springfield
Swarthmore
Tamaqua
Towanda
Tremont
Tunkhannock
Tuscarora
Tylersville
Tyrone
Warriors Mark
West Chester
West Grove
White Haven
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
Meadville
1807
York
1808 7 Bellefonte
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 22 Northern Liberties
1826 23 Southwark
1826 24 Spring Garden
1826
Womelsdorf
1827 25 Allentown
1828 26
Pittsburgh
1830 27 Lewistown
1832 28 Moyamensing
1832
Wilkes-Barre
1833 29 Kensington
1836 30 Pottsville
1841 31 Erie
1841 32 Harrisburg
1841
Hollidaysburg
1841 33 Kingston
1841 34 West Chester
1842 35 Allegheny
1842 36 Catasauqua
1842 37 Kennett Square
1845 38 Tunkhannock
1846 39
Brookville
1848
Centreville
1848 40 Norristown
1849 41 Jim Thorpe
1850 42
Berrysburg
1851 43 Germantown
1851 44 Pillow
1851 45 Richmond
1851 46
Tamaqua
1852 47 Honesdale
1852 48 Penn
1853 49 Slatington
1854 50 Carlisle
1854

Fogelsville
1854

Lock Haven
1855 51 Media
1855
Schuylkill Haven
1855 52 Warriors Mark
1856 53 Boyertown
1856
Johnstown
1856 54 Pittston
1856
Tuscarora
1856 55 White Haven
1856 56 Williamsport
1857
Bristol
1858 57 Centre Hall
1858
Greensburg
1858 58 Mechanicsburg
1858 59 Scranton
1858
Tyrone
1859 60 Altoona
1859
Cheltenham
1859 61 Chestnut Hill
1859 62 Laporte
1859
Manayunk and Roxborough
1859
New Castle
1859
Towanda
1859
Tylersville
1860 63 Hazleton
1860 64 Minersville
1860 65 Wilkes-Barre
1861
Ashland
1861 66 Loganton
1863 67 West Grove
1866 68 Tremont
1867 69 Centralia
1867 70 Hollidaysburg
1868 71 Carbondale
1868 72 Chester
1868 73 Johnstown
1868 74 Mahonoy City
1869 75 Doylestown
1869 76 Lock Haven
1869 77 Oxford
1870 78 Downington
1870 79 Dunmore
1870 80 East Brady
1870 81 Peckville
1870 82 Pottstown
1870 83 Shenandoah
1870 84 Tyrone
1871 85 Coatesville
1871 86 Emaus
1871 87 Kittanning
1871 88 Sewickley
1871 89 Tidioute
1871 90 West Pittston
1872 91 Blairsville
1872 92 Lansdale
1872 93 Lebanon
1872 94 Oil City
1872 95 Parkers Landing
1872 96 Phoenixville
1873 97 Conshohocken
1873 98 Danville
1873 99 Lansford
1873 100 Meshoppen
1873 101 Renovo
1873 102 Shamokin
1873 103 Titusville
1874 104 Ebensburg
1874 105 Hanover
1874 106 Meadville
1874 107 Millerstown
1874 108 Mount Joy
1874 109 Petrolia
1874 110 Susquehanna
1874 111 Tioga
1875 112 Archbald
1875 113 Beaver Falls
1875 114 Bristol
1875 115 Clarion
1875 116 Saint Petersburg
1876 117 Plymouth
1876 118 Stroudsburg
1876 119 Summit Hill
1877 120 Ashland
1877 121 Bradford
1877 122 Foxburg
1878 123 Butler
1878 124 Emlenton
1878 125 Franklin
1879 126 Eldred
1879 127 Euphrata
1879 128 New Brighton
1879 129 Tacony
1880 130 Bloomsburg
1880 131 Canton
1880 132 Duke Center
1880 133 Edenburg
1880 134 Towanda
1880 135 Troy
1881
Springfield
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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