Documentary History of American Water-works

Introduction Historical Background Chronology Geography Biography Technology Ownership and Financing General Bibliography
New England States Rhode Island

State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations

Rhode Island became a state in 1790. 

Water Governance in Rhode Island:  A Guide to Regional Authorities, Municipal Departments & Special Districts, September, 2007

Rhode Island Water Works Association

On June 1, 1876, the General Assembly of the State of Rhode Island passed an act authorizing “the Town Council of any Town or the City Council of any City to grant to any individual or corporation the exclusive right to lay water pipes in any of the public highways of such town or city for supplying the inhabitants of such town or city with water, for such term of time and upon such terms and conditions as they may deem proper, including therein the power and authority to exempt such pipes and the works connected therewith from taxation.”

East Greenwich
East Providence

1772 1 Providence
1773 2 East Greenwich
1801 3 Pawtucket
1803 4 Newport
1810 5 Bristol
1835 6 Woonsocket
1876 7 Westerly
1880 8 East Providence
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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