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.

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

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
Centre Hall
Centreville
Chambersburg
Cheltenham
Chestnut Hill
Columbia
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
Tamaqua
Towanda
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
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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