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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

1894 Index to Local Legislation in Pennsylvania from 1700 to 1892: Together with an Index to the Titles of Corporations Organized by Special Acts, and to All Laws Relating Thereto

1895 A supplement to an act, entitled "An act to provide for the incorporation and regulation of certain corporations," approved the twenty-ninth day of April, Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and seventy-four, further amending the twelfth section thereof, so as to permit corporations organized thereunder, either for the purpose of carrying on any manufacturing business or for the supply of water, or for the manufacture or supplying of light, to purchase bonds or stock of other corporations of the same character, or to guarantee the payment of interest and principal of such bonds, or either principal or interest, or to lease and operate corporate property.  June 26, 1895.

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.

1910 The Pennsylvania Water Works Association. Proceedings Fifteenth Annual Meeting, October 20 and 21, 1910, Haddon Hall, Atlantic City, N.J.

1911 The Pennsylvania Water Works Association. Proceedings Sixteenth Annual Meeting, October 19 and 20, 1911, Atlantic City, N.J.

1913 An act defining public service companies; and providing for their regulation by prescribing and defining their duties and liabilities; prescribing, defining, and limiting their powers, ‘and regulating their incorporation, and. to a limited extent, regulating municipal corporations engaged or about to engage in the business of public service companies; creating ‘and establishing a Public Service Commission for the regulation aforesaid; prescribing and defining the (powers and 'duties of such Commission and its officers, incluing the exclusive power to regulate the construction, alteration, relocation, or abolition of the crossings of railroad corporations, street railway corporations, or other public service companies, and of public highways by the tracks or other facilities of said companies; providing for the ascertainment by the Commission of the expense and damages resulting from such construction, alteration, relocation, or abolition, and for the payment of such expense and damages, severally or proportionately, by the public service companies interested, the State, or municipal corporation concerned, and giving persons whose property is thereby taken, injured. or destroyed, authority to sue the Commonwealth for damages in such cases; providing for the terms, salaries and compensation of the members of the commission, its officers, counsel, and employees; prescribing and regulating the practice and procedure before such commission, and upon appeal and judicial review oi’ its orders and determinations by the courts of common pleas; and giving the court of common pleas of Dauphin County exclusive jurisdiction of such appeals in certain cases, and of all injunctions, mandamus, or other appropriate proceedings to enforce the provisions of this act and the orders of the commission and to restrain such orders, subject to an appeal to the Supreme Court: prescribing penalties, fines, and imprisonment for the violation of the provisions of this act and for the violation of the orders of said commission: making it the duty of the Public Service Commission to enforce the provisions of the act approved the nineteenth day of June, one thousand nine hundred and eleven, entitled “An act to promote the safety of travelers and employees on railroads, by compelling common carriers by railroad to properly man their trains, by amending section nine thereof; repealing the act approved the thirty-first day of May, one thousand nine hundred and seven, which provided for the appointment of the Pennsylvania State Railroad Commission: and sections one and two of the act, approved the fourth day of June, one thousand eight hundred and eighty-three. entitled "An act to enforce the provisions of the seventeenth article of the Constitution, relative to railroads and canals:" and an act entitled “To provide the maximum car service charges, including car storage charges, that railroad companies and corporations, or associations, may charge and collect on each car loading, and not unloaded within the free time for unloading cars, and fixing the free time that shall be allowed for unloading cars," approved twenty-fourth day of May. Anno Domini one thousand nine hundred and seven; and the proviso of clause three and the provisos of clause seven of section thirty~four of the act, entitled “An act to provide for the incorporation and regulation of certain corporations approved the twenty-ninth day of April, one thousand eight hundred and seventy-four, and all other legislation inconsistent with or supplied by this act.  July 26, 1913

1913 The Pennsylvania Water Works Association. Proceedings Eighteenth Annual Meeting, October 22, 23 and 24, 1913, Atlantic City, N.J.

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.

1916 Directory of Public Service Companies in Pennsylvania, October 20, 1916.

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.

1925 Authorizing any city of the third class to acquire by purchase all the facilities, improvements, and franchises of any water corporation operating partly within and partly without the limits of the said city, and, having obtained the same, to supply water to persons, corporations, and municipalities both within the limits of the city and the territory before served by the water corporation without the city; requiring that, before so doing, the approval of the Public Service Commission be had of the action of the selling company, and of the municipal purchase, and of the rendering of this service by the municipality; and regulating the procedure for obtaining this approval ; permitting the city to classify the service outside of the city as different from the service within the city as to rates and otherwise, and subjecting the service by the city beyond its limits to the same regulation and control by the Public Service Commission as to rates, service, and otherwise as though in the territory thus served beyond the limits of the city the serving was by a water corporation; and providing that higher rates or different regulations for the district outside of the .city limits shall not be neld to be unjustly discriminatory for the sole reason that they are different from those in force in the city.  March 23, 1925.

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

2008 Privately Owned Water Companies - Tariff and Annual Report Contacts List As of 4/4/08

The Pennsylvania Bulletin, the Commonwealth's official gazette for information and rulemaking


Alphabetical
Aaronsburg
Allegheny
Allentown
Altoona
Archbald
Ashland
Beaver Borough
Beaver Falls
Bedford
Bellefonte
Berrysburg
Berwick
Bethany
Bethlehem
South Bethlehem
Boyertown
Blakely
Blairsville
Bloomsburg
Bradford
Bristol
Brookville
Butler
Canton
Carbondale
Carlisle
Catasauqua
Centralia
Centre Hall
Centreville
Chambersburg
Cheltenham
Chester
Chestnut Hill
Chicora
Clarion
Coatesville
Columbia
Conshohocken
Danville
Downingtown
Doylestown
Duke Center
Dunmore
East Brady
East Mauch Chunk
Easton
Ebensburg
Eldred
Emlenton
Emmaus
Ephrata
Erie
Fogelsville
Foxburg
Franklin
Gettysburg
Germantown
Greensburg
Hanover
Harrisburg
Hazleton
Henrysburg
Hollidaysburg
Honesdale
Kensington
Jim Thorpe
Johnstown
Kane
Kennett Square
Kingston
Kittanning
Knox
Lancaster
Lansdale
Lansford
Laporte
Lebanon
Lewistown
Lock Haven
Loganton
Loudon
Mahonoy City
Manayunk and Roxborough
Manchester
Meadville
Mechanicsburg
Media
Meshoppen
Milford
Minersville
Mount Joy
Moyamensing
Nazareth
New Brighton
New Castle
Norristown
Northern Liberties
Oil City
Oxford
Palmyra
Parker
Peckville
Penn
Petrolia
Philadelphia
Phoenixville
Pillow
Pithole City
Pittsburgh
Pittston
Plymouth
Pottstown
Pottsville
Providence
Reading
Rebersburg
Renovo
Reserve Township
Richmond
Saint Petersburg
Schaefferstown
Schuylkill Haven
Scranton
Sewickley
Shamokin
Shenandoah
Slatington
Smethport
Southwark
Spring Garden
Springfield
Stroudsburg
Summit Hill
Susquehanna
Swarthmore
Tacony
Tamaqua
Tidioute
Tioga
Titusville
Towanda
Tremont
Tunkhannock
Troy
Tuscarora
Tylersville
Tyrone
Uniontown
Warriors Mark
West Chester
West Grove
West Pittston
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
1828 27 Tioga
1830 28 Lewistown
1830 29 Smethport
1832 30 Moyamensing
1832
Wilkes-Barre
1833 31 Kensington
1836 32 Pottsville
1841 33 Erie
1841 34 Harrisburg
1841
Hollidaysburg
1841 35 Kingston
1841 36 West Chester
1842 37 Allegheny
1842 38 Catasauqua
1842 39 Kennett Square
1845 40 Tunkhannock
1846 41
Brookville
1848
Centreville
1848 42 Norristown
1849 43 Jim Thorpe
1850 44
Berrysburg
1850 45 Shamokin
1851 46 Germantown
1851 47 Pillow
1851 48 Richmond
1851 49
Tamaqua
1852 50 Honesdale
1852 51 Penn
1853 52 Slatington
1854 53 Carlisle
1854

Fogelsville
1854

Lock Haven
1855 54 Media
1855
Schuylkill Haven
1855 55 Warriors Mark
1856 56 Boyertown
1856
Johnstown
1856 57 Pittston
1856
Tuscarora
1856 58 White Haven
1856 59 Williamsport
1857
Bristol
1858 60 Centre Hall
1858
Greensburg
1858 61 Mechanicsburg
1858 6 Scranton
1858
Tyrone
1859 63 Altoona
1859
Cheltenham
1859 64 Chestnut Hill
1859 65 Laporte
1859
Manayunk and Roxborough
1859
New Castle
1859
Towanda
1859
Tylersville
1859
Uniontown
1860 66 Hazleton
1860 67 Minersville
1860 68 Wilkes-Barre
1861
Ashland
1861 69 East Mauch Chunk
1861 70 Loganton
1863 71 West Grove
1864
South Bethlehem
1864
Manchester
1864
Providence
1864
Renovo
1864
Reserve Township
1865 72 Franklin
1865
Kane
1865 73 Oil City
1865 74 Pithole City
1865
Titusville
1866 75 Tremont
1867 76 Centralia
1867 77 Hollidaysburg
1868 78 Carbondale
1868 79 Chester
1868 80 Johnstown
1868 81 Mahanoy City
1869 82 Doylestown
1869 83 Lock Haven
1869 84 Oxford
1870 85 Dunmore
1870 86 East Brady
1870 87 Peckville
1870 88 Pottstown
1870 89 Shenandoah
1870 90 Tyrone
1871 91 Coatesville
1871 92 Emmaus
1871 93 Meshoppen
1871 94 West Pittston
1872 95 Blairsville
1872 96 Kittanning
1872 97 Lebanon
1872 98 Parker
1872 99 Tidioute
1873 100 Conshohocken
1873 101 Danville
1873 102 Lansford
1873 103 Phoenixville
1873 104 Saint Petersburg
1873 105 Sewickley
1873 106 Titusville
1874 107 Downingtown
1874 108 Hanover
1874 109 Meadville
1874 110 Chicora
1874 111 Petrolia
1874 112 Renovo
1874 113 Susquehanna
1875 114 Archbald
1875 115 Beaver Falls
1875 116 South Bethlehem
1875 117 Bristol
1875 118 Clarion
1875 119 Mount Joy
1876 120 Ebensburg
1876 121 Plymouth
1876 122 Stroudsburg
1877 123 Ashland
1877 124 Bradford
1877 125 Canton
1877 126 Foxburg
1877 127 Summit Hill
1878 128 Butler
1878 129 Emlenton
1879 130 Eldred
1879 131 Ephrata
1879 132 New Brighton
1879 133 Tacony
1880 134 Bloomsburg
1880 135 Duke Center
1880 136 Knox
1880 137 Towanda
1880 138 Troy
1881 139
Springfield
1883 140 Uniontown
1887 141 Kane
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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