Documentary History of American Water-works

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Chronology of American Waterworks from 1866 to 1880 | 1649 to 1865 |

Chronological List of Publicly-Owned Water Works

Waterworks technology, ownership, and financing changed considerably over time and the chronology of their construction is a very valuable historical resource. 

This table shows a list of waterworks and the year they were first operated.  The entry under Public Year indicates when the system became permanently owned by a public entity. If Private is shown the system is currently owned by a non-public entity.  Entries in the rest of the columns show the year in which the indicated technology was first used.

Year System Number
City State Public Year Steam
Engine
Water Power Gravity Reservoir Stand
pipe
Tank Direct Wood Pipe Lead Pipe Cast Iron Pipe Wrought Iron Cement Pipe Wyckoff Wood Pipe
1866 416 Fairfield CA












1866 417 Middletown CT 1866

1866








1866 418 Annapolis MD 1912
1866


1866








1866 419 Tremont PA 1974



1866




1866



1866 420 Olympia WA












1867 421 Berkeley CA












1867 422 Oakland CA 1923











1867 423 Santa Clara CA












1867 424 West Hartford CT 1867



1867








1867 425 Chelsea MA 1867










1875
1867
1867 426 Columbus MS 1867












1867 427 Gouverneur NY 1891
1891 1867

1891
1867 1867
1867 1867
1867 428 Middletown NY












1867 429 Mount Morris NY 1914


1867







1867 430 Oswego NY 1902
1904 1867
1867






1867 431 Centralia PA












1867 432 Hollidaysburgh PA 1867



1867






1888

1867 433 Walla Walla WA












1867 434
Boscobel WI 1913
1867









1868 435 Truckee CA












1868 436
Granby CT 1945

1868


1868




1868 437 Springfield IL 1868
1868


1868








1868 438 Great Barrington MA 1890



1868








1868 439 Webster MA 1893


1868

1868







1868 440 Auburn ME 1893


1868



1868
1874
1868 441 Minneapolis MN 1868


1868




1868




1868 442 Binghamton NY 1868
1868




1868

1875 1868
1868 443 Ogdensburgh NY 1868


1868




1868




1868 444 Carbondale PA Private












1868 445 Chester PA 1939












1868 446 Johnstown PA 1965












1868 447 Mahanoy City PA 1942












1868 448 Vancouver WA












1869 449 Colusa CA












1869 450 San Mateo CA












1869 451 Ansonia CT 2008



1869







1869
1869 452
Dixon IL 1956 1884 1869









1869 453 Morrison IL 1869
1874




1869






1869 454 Riverside IL 1894 1869



1869





1869 455 Bowling Green KY 1869

1869


1869





1869

1869 456 Lynn MA 1869



1869








1869 457 Norway ME 1941



1869








1869 458 St. Paul MN 1882
1869











1869 459 Carson City NV 1972



1869








1869 460 Hamilton NV












1869 461 Batavia NY 1869

1869




1869





1869 462 Doylestown PA 1869
1869


1869








1869 463 Lock Haven PA












1869 464 Oxford PA 1870












1870 465 Mission San Jose CA












1870 466 Vallejo CA












1870 467 Meriden CT 1870



1870







1870
1870 468 Connersville IN 1870
1880
1870



1870






1870 469 Ashburnham MA 1897



1870








1870 470 Brockton MA 1870

1870

1881
1870






1870
1870 471 Malden MA 1870



1870







1870
1870 472 Melrose MA 1870



1870







1870
1870 473 Jackson MI 1871
1870





1870





1870 474 Marquette MI 1870
1870





1870





1870 475 Lebanon NH 1870


1870









1870 476 New York Mills NY 1938












1870 477 Port Jervis NY 1929



1870






1870

1870 478 Warsaw NY 1895



1870






1870

1870 479 Canton OH 1869 1873 1869



1869


1869
1870 480 Dayton OH 1870

1870





1870


1870

1870 481 Astoria OR












1870 482 Dunmore PA Private












1870 483 East Brady PA 1976












1870 484 Peckville PA Private












1870 485 Pottstown PA 1947












1870 486 Shenandoah PA 1941












1870 487 Tyrone PA 1932



1870






1879

1870 488 Corinne UT












1870 489
Randolph Center VT 1940











1870 490 Laramie WY












1871 491 Pasadena CA












1871 492 Petaluma CA












1871 493 San Rafael CA












1871 494 Stamford CT Private



1871







1871
1871 495 Rome GA 1871
1872



1871







1871 496
Dubuque IA 1900 1888
1871 1872 1889



1871

1871 497 Columbus IN 1871
1871





1871





1871 498
La Porte IN 1871 1871










1871 499 Indianapolis IN Private


1871




1871




1871 500 Blue Rapids KS












1871 501 Covington KY 1871
1871




1871



1871 502 Everett MA 1871



1871








1871 503 Cumberland MD 1871

1871





1871


1871

1871 504 Farmington NH 1871

1871


1871






1871
1871 505 Rahway NJ 1871
1871








1871
1871 506 Eureka NV












1871 507
Port Byron NY 1871


1871

1871





1871

1871 508 Columbus OH












1871 509 Norwalk OH












1871 510 Salem OR












1871 511 Coatesville PA Private












1871 512 Emmaus PA 1871












1871 513 Methoppen PA Private

1871








1871 514 West Pittston PA Private












1871 515
East Wallingford VT None











1872 516 Gilroy CA












1872 517 Denver CO 1918

1872

1886
1880


1872




1872 518 Norwalk CT 1872



1872







1872
1872 519 Des Moines IA 1919
1872



1891







1872 520 Decatur IL 1872
1872





1872


1872


1872 521 Rock Island IL 1872
1872





1872


1872


1872 522
Evansville IN 1872 1872




1872




1872 523 South Hadley MA 1872



1872








1872 524 Allegan MI 1872
1900
1872




1872





1872 525 Bay City MI 1872
1872





1872




1872
1872 526 Big Rapids MI 1872
1872





1872




1872
1872 527
Plainwell MI 1872
1872



1872



1885
1872 528 Sedalia MO












1872 529 Milford NH 1890

1889

1872

1889






1872 530 Passaic NJ 1930

1872
1872
1872
1872






1872
1872 531 Corning NY 1872











1872 532 Delhi NY 1897



1872






1872

1872 533
Dunkirk NY 1872
1872




1872

1872
1872 534 Ellenville NY 1872



1872






1872

1872 535 Glens Falls NY 1872



1872







1872
1872 536
Goshen NY 1872


1872






1872
1872 537 Rome NY 1872


1872

1872






1872
1872 538 Warwick NY 1872



1872







1872
1872 539 Bellaire OH 1872
1872


1872







1872
1872 540 Crestline OH 1872

1872







1872
1872 541 Ironton OH 1872
1872





1872





1872 542 Mansfield OH 1872
1872





1872





1872 543 Portsmouth OH 1872
1872





1872





1872 544 Youngstown OH 1872
1872





1872





1872 545 Blairsville PA 1872












1872 546 Kittanning PA Private











1872 547 Lebanon PA 1872












1872 548 Parker PA 1936












1872 549 Tidioute PA 1967











1873 550 Birmingham AL 1951

1873


1873







1873 551 Montgomery AL 1950

1873


1873







1873 552 Santa Rosa CA












1873 553 Woodland CA












1873 554 New Castle DE 1921

1873


1873







1873 555 Marseilles IL 1962











1873 556 Quincy IL 1916
1873











1873 557 South Bend IN 1873
1880
1873


1873






1873
1873 558 Terre Haute IN Private
1873






1873




1873 559
Newport KY 1873 1873

1873







1873 560 Adams MA 1873



1873








1873 561 Attleborough MA 1873

1873




1873




1873
1873 562 Easthampton MA 1873


1873

1873







1873 563 Leominster MA 1873



1873







1873
1873 564 Turners Falls MA 1886
1886
1873 1886






1873 565 Waltham MA 1873

1873


1873






1873
1873 566 Winchester MA 1873



1873







1873
1873 567 Woburn MA 1873

1873


1873






1873
1873 568 Augusta ME 1904

1886

1873
1886





1886

1873 569
Biddeford ME Private

1873
1873






1873 570 East Saginaw MI 1873
1873





1873





1873 571
Port Huron MI 1873 1873




1873

1873

1879
1873 572 Saginaw MI 1873
1873





1873




1873
1873 573 Gorham NH 1960



1872




1872

1883

1873 574 Pioche NV












1873 575 Reno NV












1873 576
Dansville NY 1897


1873





1897 1873
1873 577
Hillburn NY 1939


1873






1873
1873 578 Jamestown NY 1903

1882
1873




1882


1882

1873 579 Nyack NY 1896

1882

1873
1873





1873

1873 580 Sidney OH 1873
1888
1873


1888

1873





1873 581 Toledo OH 1873
1873



1874







1873 582 Conshohocken PA Private

1873


1873







1873 583 Danville PA 1873
1873





1873





1873 584 Lansford PA 1951


1873









1873 585 Phoenixville PA 1873 1873

1873







1873 586 Saint Petersburg PA 1967











1873 587 Sewickley PA 1873











1873 588 Titusville PA 1873
1873





1873





1873 589 Memphis TN 1939
1873





1873





1873 590 Norfolk VA 1873

1873








1873
1873
1874 591 San Luis Obispo CA












1874 592 Georgetown CO












1874 593 Pueblo CO












1874 594 New Milford CT Private



1874






1874

1874 595 Clinton IA Private 1874




1874




1874 596 Davenport IA Prfivate
1874


1882


1874





1874 597
Hyde Park IL 1874 1874




1874




1874 598 Jacksonville IL 1874


1874









1874 599
Town of Lake IL 1874

1874


1874




1874 600 Litchfield IL 1936
1874





1874


1874


1874 601 Morgan Park IL 1882
1885?




1874





1874
1874 602 Waukegan IL 1874
1892




1874






1874 603
Mishawaka IN 1923
1874



1874




1874 604
Union City IN 1874 1874




1874



1874
1874 605 Concord MA 1874



1874







1874
1874 606 Fall River MA 1874

1874



1874
1886



1874

1874 607 Natick MA 1874

1874


1874






1874
1874 608 Westfield MA 1874



1874






1874

1874 609
Bar Harbor ME 2001


1874







1874 610 Cape May NJ 1874

1874




1874





1874 611 Hackensack NJ Private

1874


1874







1874 612 Elko NV












1874 613 Flushing NY 1874

1874





1874


1874

1874 614 Bellevue OH 1874 1874


1874





1874
1874 615 Chicora PA 1947











1874 616 Downingtown PA 1895











1874 617 Hanover PA 1932


1874









1874 618 Meadville PA 1898


1874

1874





1874

1874 619 Petrolia PA 1891












1874 620 Renovo PA 1874

1874








1874 621 Susquehanna PA Private


1874









1874 622 Martinsburg WV 1874
1874





1874





1875 623 Alameda CA












1875 624 Chico CA












1875 625 Rio Vista CA












1875 626 Salinas CA












1875 627 West Berkeley CA












1875 628 Boulder CO












1875 629 South Norwalk CT 1875



1875






1875

1875 630 Atlanta GA 1875
1875





1875





1875 631 Anamosa IA 1910
1875


1875








1875 632 Lyons IA Private
1875


1875








1875 633 Marengo IA












1875 634 Alton IL Private 1875



1875





1875 635 Bloomington IL 1875
1875



1876







1875 636 Chebanse IL ? 1885?



1875





1875 637 Evanston IL 1875 1875




1875




1875 638 Galesburg IL 1891 1875


1883
1891




1875 639 Joliet IL 1888 1881


1881
1890




1875 640 Rockford IL 1875
1875





1875





1875 641 Brazil IN 1875
1875





1875





1875 642 Michigan City IN 1921
1875




1875






1875 643 Brookline MA 1875

1875


1875

1875



1875
1875
1875 644 Cheshire MA 1970



1875






1875

1875 645 Lenox MA 1947



1875








1875 646 Lincoln MA 1875

1875


1875






1875
1875 647 West Springfield MA 1892



1875







1875
1875 648 Muskegon MI 1875
1875





1875





1875 649 Kansas City MO












1875 650 College Point NY 1875

1875





1875


1875

1875 651 Le Roy NY 1897

1897
1875


1897




1875

1875 652 Long Island City NY 1875

1875





1875




1875 653 Peekskill NY 1875


1875

1875





1875

1875 654 Ticonderoga NY 1892











1875 655 Middletown OH 1875


1875




1867




1875 656 Archbald PA Private


1875









1875 657 Beaver Falls PA 1940

1875
1875






1875 658 Bristol PA 1912
1875
1875







1875 659 Clarion PA Private











1875 660 Mount Joy PA 1875 1875 1875
1875







1875 661 South Bethlehem PA 1920 1875
1875








1875 662 Austin TX












1875 663 Danville VA 1876
1875











1875 664 Racine WI 1919 1887


1887




1875
1875 665 Green River WY












1876 666 Antioch CA












1876 667 Fresno CA












1876 668 Hollister CA












1876 669 Livermore Falls CA












1876 670 Modesto CA












1876 671 Santa Cruz CA












1876 672 Cedar Rapids IA 1903 1876




1876




1876 673 Marshalltown IA 1876
1876





1876





1876 674 Muscatine IA 1900
1876


1876








1876 675 Charleston IL 1876
1876





1876





1876 676 Lake View IL 1876
1876





1876





1876 677
Lockport IL 1896 1896 1876
1876







1876 678 Sycamore IL 1876
1876



1888







1876 679 Lafayette IN 1876
1876


1876
1876







1876 680 Logansport IN 1876
1876
1876




1876





1876 681 Henderson KY 1876












1876 682 Athol MA 1905



1876






1876

1876 683 Danvers MA 1876

1876


1876






1876
1876 684 Methuen MA 1876

1894


1894






1894
1876 685 Newton MA 1876

1876


1876





1876

1876 686 Taunton MA 1876

1876





1876


1876

1876 687 Springvale ME 1929



1876








1876 688 Ionia MI 1876
1876





1876




1883
1876 689 Winona MN












1876 690 Andes NY 1971



1876






1876

1876 691 Garden City NY 1923

1876





1876


1876

1876 692
Suspension Bridge NY 1876

1876



1876

1876
1876 693 Yonkers NY 1876
1884

1876

1884







1876 694
Piqua OH 1876
1876



1876




1876 695 Sandusky OH 1876
1876



1877







1876 696 Ebensburg PA 1876

1876








1876 697 Plymouth PA Private


1876









1876 698 Stroudsburg PA 1956


1876









1876 699 Westerly RI 1897
1886
1876
1886





1876 700 Dallas TX












1876 701 Salem VA 1876
1876


1876








1876 702 Prairie du Chien WI 1902












1877 703 Redwood City CA












1877 704 Visalia CA












1877 705 Lansing IA 1903












1877 706 State Center IA 1877











1877 707 Moline IL 1886 1877




1877




1877 708 Rochelle IL 1877 1877




1877




1877 709 Wilmington IL 1877

1877




1877





1877 710 Marion IN 1877
1877





1877





1877 711 Agawam MA 1905



1877







1877
1877 712 Tecumseh MI 1877
1892



1892
1877





1877
1877 713 Long Branch NJ Private












1877 714 Silver City NV 1877










1877

1877 715 Tuscarora NV












1877 716 Winnemucca NV












1877 717
Gloversville NY 1877


1877





1877
1877 718 Niagara Falls NY 1912












1877 719
Watervliet NY 1918
1904 1877
1884



1877

1877 720 Lancaster OH 1877
1877



1879







1877 721 Ashland PA 1877



1877






1877

1877 722 Bradford PA 1882
1877

1883


1877






1877 723 Canton PA 1952

1877








1877 724 Foxburg PA 1963


1877









1877 725 Summit Hill PA 1953

1877








1878 726 Little Rock AR












1878 727 Anaheim CA












1878 728 Oroville CA












1878 729 St. Helena CA












1878 730 Watsonville CA












1878 731 Bethel CT 1878



1878






1878

1878 732 Mount Carmel CT 1980



1878








1878 733 Torrington CT












1878 734 Fort Gaines GA 1878





1878






1878 735 Burlington IA












1878 736 Keokuk IA 1938
1878





1878





1878 737 Blue Island IL 1878 1881



1878





1878 738 DeKalb IL 1878 1878



1878





1878 739 Oregon IL 1878
1878


1878








1878 740 Cochituate MA 1878


1878
1878






1878

1878 741 Nantucket MA 1988

1880




1880





1878 742 Lewiston ME 1878

1878
1878




1878
1878 743 Cadillac MI 1946
1878





1878




1878
1878 744 Constantine MI 1878

1878




1878




1878
1878 745 Belvidere NJ Private

1878



1878






1878 746 Bridgeton NJ 1877
1877


1877








1878 747 Lambertville NJ 1878



1878








1878 748
Green Island NY 1949
1904 1878








1878 749
Lyons NY 1916
1887


1887



1887
1878 750 Olean NY 1883

1878










1878 751 Urbana OH 1878
1878





1878





1878 752 West Cleveland OH 1878












1878 753 Butler PA Private
1878


1878








1878 754 Emlenton PA Private
1878

1878
1878








1878 755 South Pittsburg TN 1939?












1878 756 Waco TX












1878 757 Randolph VT 1878



1878








1878 758 La Crosse WI 1878












1879 759 Eureka CA












1879 760 Colorado Springs CO












1879 761 Golden CO












1879 762 Leadville CO












1879 763 Trinidad CO












1879 764 Canaan CT Private



1879






1879

1879 765 Monticello IA 1879 1879

1879







1879 766 Ottumwa IA 1910
1879









1879 767
Geneseo IL 1879 1879




1879




1879 768 Paris IL 1879
1879


1895


1879





1879 769 New Carlisle IN 1879
1879




1879





1879
1879 770 Peru IN 1879
1879


1879








1879 771 Owensboro KY 1906
1879





1879





1879 772
Westborough MA 1879


1879





1879
1879 773 Alpena MI 1905
1879
1879




1879


1905

1879
1879 774
Evart MI 1879 1879




1879



1879
1879 775 Holly MI 1879
1879





1879




1879
1879 776 Lyons MI 1879

1879




1879




1879
1879 777 Niles MI 1895


1879









1879 778 Portland MI 1879
1879



1890

1879


1890

1879
1879 779 Mankato MN












1879 780 Attica NY 1918



1879








1879 781 Owego NY Private

1881

1879








1879 782 Phoenix NY 1917


1879









1879 783 Richfield Springs NY 1879

1885

1879
1885







1879 784 Saint Johnsville NY 1879



1879








1879 785 Walton NY 1963



1879








1879 786 Westfield NY 1890



1879








1879 787 East Liverpool OH 1879












1879 788 Elyria OH 1898
1879




1879






1879 789 Tiffin OH Private
1879
1879




1879





1879 790 Junction City OR












1879 791 Eldred PA 1987



1879








1879 792 Ephrata PA 1906


1879









1879 793 New Brighton PA 1940
1879
1879

1879








1879 794 Tacony PA 1924
1879











1879 795 Deadwood SD












1879 796 Clarksville TN 1893












1879 797 Houston TX












1879 798 Brandon VT 1879












1879 799 Island Pond VT 1905



1879








1879 800 Waterbury VT 1896



1879








1879 801 Kenosha WI 1895
1895

1879



1895





1880 802 Tombstone AZ












1880 803 Benicia CA












1880 804 Cañon City CO












1880 805 Greenwich CT Private



1880






1880

1880 806 Thomaston CT Private



1880






1880

1880 807 Jacksonville FL 1880












1880 808 Oskaloosa IA 1922












1880 809 Fort Wayne IN 1880
1880


1880


1880





1880 810 Atchison KS












1880 811 Maysville KY 1963












1880 812
Amherst MA 1941


1880






1880
1880 813 Hingham MA Private



1880







1880
1880 815 Uxbridge MA 1890



1880






1880

1880 815 Saint Louis MI 1882
1882
1882




1882




1882
1880 816 Stillwater MN












1880 817 Hannibal MO












1880 818 Joplin MO












1880 819 St. Joseph MO












1880 820 Fargo ND 1890

1880





1880


1880

1880 821 Short Hills NJ












1880 822 Chateaugay NY 1966



1880







1880
1880 823 Gravesend NY 1895

1880



1880






1880 824 Jordan NY 1926


1880









1880 825 Waverly NY 1912



1880








1880 826 Albany OR












1880 827 Bloomsburg PA Private
1880


1880








1880 828 Duke Center PA None












1880 829 Knox PA 1882












1880 830 Towanda PA 1950


1880





1880
1880 831 Troy PA 1903












1880 832 East Providence RI 1928

1893



1893






1880 833 Charleston SC 1917
1880

1880 1880



1880
1880 834 Logan UT












1880 835 Park City UT












1880 836 Fair Haven VT 1880



1880








1880 837 Cheyenne WY













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