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 398 Fairfield CA












1866 399 Oakland CA












1866 400 Middletown CT












1866 401 Annapolis MD












1866 402 Tremont PA












1866 403 Olympia WA












1867 404 Grass Valley CA












1867 405 Santa Clara CA












1867 406 West Hartford CT












1867 407 Chelsea MA 1867









1875
1867

1867 408 Columbus MS












1867 409 Middletown NY












1867 410 Centralia PA












1867 411 Chester PA












1867 412 Hollidaysburgh PA 1867


1867






1888

1867
1867 413 Walla Walla WA












1868 414 Truckee CA












1868 415 Springfield IL












1868 416 Great Barrington MA












1868 417 Webster MA












1868 418 Minneapolis MN 1868

1868




1868





1868 419 Binghamton NY 1868 1868




1868

1875 1868
1868 420 Ogdensburgh NY 1868

1868




1868





1868 421 Oswego NY












1868 422 Carbondale PA












1868 423 Johnstown PA












1868 424 Mahonoy City PA












1868 425 Vancouver WA












1869 426 Colusa CA












1869 427 San Mateo CA












1869 428 Ansonia CT 2008


1869







1869

1869 429 Aurora IL












1869 430 Morrison IL












1869 431 Bowling Green KY 1869
1869


1869





1869


1869 432 Lynn MA












1869 433 Auburn ME












1869 434 Norway ME












1869 435 St. Paul MN












1869 436 Carson City NV 1972


1869









1869 437 Hamilton NV












1869 438 Batavia NY












1869 439 Gouverneur NY












1869 440 Mount Morris NY












1869 441 Canton OH












1869 442 Wooster OH












1869 443 Doylestown PA












1869 444 Lock Haven PA












1869 445 Oxford PA












1870 446 Mission San Jose CA












1870 447 Vallejo CA












1870 448 Meriden CT 1870


1870







1870

1870 449 Windsor CT












1870 450 Dubuque IA












1870 451 Connersville IN












1870 452 La Porte IN












1870 453 Ashburnham MA












1870 454 Brockton MA












1870 455 Malden MA












1870 456 Melrose MA












1870 457 Jackson MI












1870 458 Marquette MI












1870 459 Plainwell MI












1870 460 Lebanon NH 1870

1870










1870 461 Little Falls NJ












1870 462 Ballston Spa NY












1870 463 Corning NY












1870 464 New York Mills NY












1870 465 Oxford NY












1870 466 Port Jervis NY












1870 467 Warsaw NY












1870 468 Crestline OH












1870 469 Dayton OH 1870
1870





1870


1870


1870 470 Astoria OR












1870 471 Downington PA












1870 472 Dunmore PA












1870 473 East Brady PA












1870 474 Peckville PA












1870 475 Pottstown PA












1870 476 Shenandoah PA












1870 477 Tyrone PA 1932


1870






1879

1870
1870 478 Corinne UT












1870 479 Boscobel WI












1870 480 Racine WI












1870 481 Laramie WY












1871 482 Pasadena CA












1871 483 Petaluma CA












1871 484 San Rafael CA












1871 485 Stamford CT Private


1871







1871

1871 486 Rome GA 1872

1872

1872






1872

1871 487 Columbus IN












1871 488 Indianapolis IN Private

1871




1871





1871 489 Blue Rapids KS












1871 490 Covington KY 1871 1871




1871




1871 491 Edgewood KY












1871 492 Everett MA












1871 493 Cumberland MD 1871
1871





1871


1871


1871 494 Farmington NH












1871 495 Rahway NJ 1871 1871








1871
1871 496 Eureka NV












1871 497 Dunkirk NY












1871 498 Goshen NY












1871 499 Columbus OH












1871 500 Norwalk OH












1871 501 Salem OR












1871 502 Coatesville PA












1871 503 Emaus PA












1871 504 Kittaning PA












1871 505 Sewickley PA












1871 506 Tidioute PA












1871 507 West Pittston PA












1872 508 Gilroy CA












1872 509 Denver CO 1918
1872

1886
1880


1872





1872 510 Amesville CT












1872 511 Norwalk CT 1872


1872







1872

1872 512 Des Moines IA












1872 513 Decatur IL












1872 514 Dixon IL












1872 515 Rock Island IL












1872 516 Newport KY












1872 517 South Hadley Falls MA












1872 518 Allegan MI












1872 519 Bay City MI












1872 520 Big Rapids MI












1872 521 Port Huron MI












1872 522 Sedalia MO












1872 523 Milford NH












1872 524 Passaic NJ












1872 525 Delhi NY












1872 526 Ellenville NY












1872 527 Glens Falls NY












1872 528 Hillburn NY












1872 529 Port Byron NY












1872 530 Rome NY












1872 531 Warwick NY












1872 532 Bellaire OH












1872 533 Ironton OH












1872 534 Mansfield OH












1872 535 Portsmouth OH












1872 536 Youngstown OH












1872 537 Blairsville PA












1872 538 Lansdale PA












1872 539 Lebanon PA












1872 540 Oil City PA












1872 541 Parkers Landing PA












1872 542 Phoenixville PA












1873 543 Birmingham AL












1873 544 Montgomery AL












1873 545 Santa Rosa CA












1873 546 Woodland CA












1873 547 Granby CT













1873 548 Simsbury CT












1873 549 New Castle DE 1921
1873


1873








1873 550 Moline IL












1873 551 Quincy IL












1873 552 Rochelle IL












1873 553 Evansville IN












1873 554 Mishawaka IN












1873 555 South Bend IN












1873 556 Terre Haute IN












1873 557 Union City IN












1873 558 South Adams MA












1873 559 Attleborough MA












1873 560 Easthampton MA












1873 561 Leominster MA












1873 562 Waltham MA












1873 563 Winchester MA












1873 564 Woburn MA












1873 565 Augusta ME 1904
1886

1873
1886





1886

1873
1873 566 East Saginaw MI












1873 567 Saginaw MI












1873 568 Gorham NH












1873 569 Pioche NV












1873 570 Reno NV












1873 571 Jamestown NY












1873 572 Nyack NY












1873 573 Bellevue OH












1873 574 Sidney OH












1873 575 Toledo OH












1873 576 Conshohocken PA












1873 577 Danville PA












1873 578 Lansford PA












1873 579 Meshoppen PA












1873 580 Renovo PA












1873 581 Shamokin PA












1873 582 Titusville PA












1873 583 Memphis TN












1872 584 Norfolk VA 1873
1873








1873

1873
1873 585 East Wallingford VT












1873 586 Winooski VT












1874 587 San Luis Obispo CA












1874 588 Georgetown CO












1874 589 Pueblo CO












1874 590 New Milford CT












1874 591 Davenport IA












1874 592 DeKalb IL












1874 593 Evanston IL












1874 594 Jacksonville IL












1874 595 Litchfield IL












1874 596 Morgan Park IL












1874 597 Waukegan IL












1874 598 Concord MA












1874 599 Fall River MA












1874 600 Natick MA












1874 601 Westfield MA












1874 602 Peterborough NH












1874 603 Cape May City NJ












1874 604 Hackensack NJ












1874 605 Elko NV












1874 606 Dansville NY












1874 607 Flushing NY












1874 608 Middletown OH












1874 609 Ebensburgh PA












1874 610 Hanover PA












1874 611 Meadville PA 1898

1874

1874





1874


1874 612 Millerstown PA












1874 613 Mount Joy PA












1874 614 Patrolia PA












1874 615 Susquehanna PA












1874 616 Tioga PA












1874 617 Martinsburg WV












1875 618 Alameda CA












1875 619 Berkeley CA












1875 620 Chico CA












1875 621 Rio Vista CA












1875 622 Salinas CA












1875 623 West Berkeley CA












1875 624 Boulder CO












1875 625 South Norwalk CT












1875 626 Atlanta GA












1875 627 Anamosa IA












1875 628 Cedar Rapids IA












1875 629 Clinton IA












1875 630 Marengo IA












1875 631 Bloomington IL












1875 632 Rockford IL












1875 633 Brazil IN












1875 634 Michigan City IN












1875 635 Brookline MA












1875 636 Cheshire MA












1875 637 Lawrence MA












1875 638 Lenox MA












1875 639 Lincoln MA












1875 640 West Springfield MA












1875 641 Kennebunk ME












1875 642 Muskegon MI












1875 643 Kansas City MO












1875 644 College Point NY












1875 645 Le Roy NY












1875 646 Long Island City NY 1875
1875





1875





1875 647 Peekskill NY












1875 648 Suspension Bridge NY












1875 649 Ticonderoga NY












1875 650 Middletown OH 1875

1875




1867





1875 651 Piqua OH












1875 652 Archbald PA












1875 653 Beaver Falls PA 1940
1875
1875







1875 654 Bristol PA Private
1875



1875







1875 655 Clarion PA












1875 656 Saint Petersburgh PA












1875 657 Austin TX












1875 658 Danville VA












1875 659 Green River WY












1876 660 Antioch CA












1876 661 Fresno CA












1876 662 Hollister CA












1876 663 Livermore Falls CA












1876 664 Modesto CA












1876 665 Santa Cruz CA












1876 666 Lyons IA












1876 667 Marshalltown IA












1876 668 Muscatine IA












1875 669 Alton IL












1876 670 Blue Island IL












1876 671 Charlestown IL












1876 672 Chebanse IL












1876 673 Lake View IL












1876 674 Sycamore IL












1876 675 Town of Lake IL












1876 676 Lafayette IN












1876 677 Logansport IN












1876 678 Henderson KY












1876 679 Athol MA












1876 680 Danvers MA












1876 681 Methuen MA












1876 682 Newton MA












1876 683 Taunton MA












1876 684 Turners Falls MA












1876 685 Springvale ME












1876 686 Ionia MI












1876 687 Winona MN












1876 688 Andes NY












1876 689 Garden City NY












1876 690 West Troy NY












1876 691 Yonkers NY












1876 692 Sandusky OH












1876 693 Plymouth PA












1876 694 Stroudsburg PA












1876 695 Summit Hill PA












1876 696 Dallas TX












1876 697 Salem VA












1876 698 Prairie du Chien WI












1877 699 Redwood City CA












1877 700 Visalia CA












1877 701 Lansing IA












1877 702 Lockport IL












1877 703 Wilmington IL












1877 704 Marion IN












1877 705 Agawam MA












1877 706 Tecumseh MI












1877 707 Long Branch NJ












1877 708 Silver City NV 1877









1877


1877 709 Tuscarora NV












1877 710 Winnemucca NV












1877 711 Lyons NY












1877 712 Niagara Falls NY












1877 713 Lancaster OH












1877 714 Ashland PA 1877


1877






1877


1877 715 Bradford PA












1877 716 Foxburgh PA












1878 717 Little Rock AR












1878 718 Anaheim CA












1878 719 Oroville CA












1878 720 St. Helena CA












1878 721 Watsonville CA












1878 722 Bethel CT












1878 723 Mt. Carmel CT












1878 724 Torrington CT












1878 725 Fort Gaines GA












1878 726 Burlington IA












1878 727 Keokuk IA












1878 728 Monticello IA












1878 739 Ottumwa IA












1878 730 Oregon IL












1878 731 Cochituate MA












1878 732 Nantucket MA












1878 733 Westborough MA












1878 734 Cadillac MI












1878 735 Constantine MI












1878 736 Belvidere NJ












1878 737 Bridgeton NJ












1878 738 Lambertville NJ












1878 739 Gloversville NY












1878 740 Newark NY












1878 741 Olean NY












1878 742 Urbana OH












1878 743 West Cleveland OH












1878 744 Butler PA












1878 745 Emlenton PA












1878 746 Franklin PA












1878 747 South Pittsburg TN












1878 748 Waco TX












1878 749 West Randolph VT












1878 750 La Crosse WI












1879 751 Eureka CA












1879 752 Colorado Springs CO












1879 753 Golden CO












1879 754 Leadville CO












1879 755 Trinidad CO












1879 756 Canaan CT












1879 757 State Centre IA












1879 758 Paris IL












1879 759 New Carlisle IN












1879 760 Peru IN












1879 761 Owensboro KY












1879 762 Amherst MA












1879 763 Lewiston ME












1879 764 Alpena MI












1879 765 Holly Springs MI












1879 766 Lyons MI












1879 767 Niles MI












1879 768 Portland MI












1879 769 Mankato MN












1879 770 Attica NY












1879 771 Owego NY












1879 772 Phoenix NY












1879 773 Richfield Springs NY












1879 774 Saint Johnsville NY












1879 775 Walton NY












1879 776 Westfield NY












1879 777 East Liverpool OH












1879 778 Elyria OH












1879 779 Tiffin OH












1879 780 Junction City OR












1879 781 Eldred PA












1879 782 Euphrata PA












1879 783 New Brighton PA












1879 784 Tacony PA












1879 785 Deadwood SD












1879 786 Clarksville TN












1879 787 Houston TX












1879 788 Brandon VT 1879












1879 789 Island Pond VT












1879 790 Waterbury VT












1879 791 Kenosha WI












1880 792 Tombstone AZ












1880 793 Benicia CA












1880 794 Cañon City CO












1880 795 Greenwich CT












1880 796 Thomaston CT












1880 797 Jacksonville FL












1880 798 Oskaloosa IA












1880 799 Fort Wayne IN












1880 800 Atchison KS












1880 801 Maysville KY












1880 802 Hingham MA












1880 803 Uxbridge MA












1880 804 Biddeford ME












1880 805 Evart MI












1880 806 Grand Haven MI












1880 807 Saint Louis MI












1880 808 Stillwater MN












1880 809 Hannibal MO












1880 810 Joplin MO












1880 811 St. Joseph MO












1880 812 Fargo NC












1880 813 Short Hills NJ












1880 814 Chateaugay NY












1880 815 Coney Island NY












1880 816 Jordan NY












1880 817 Waverly NY












1880 818 Wadsworth OH












1880 819 Albany OR












1880 820 Bloomsburgh PA












1880 821 Canton PA












1880 822 Duke Center PA












1880 823 Edenburgh PA












1880 824 Towanda PA 1950

1880





1880

1880 825 Troy PA












1880 826 East Providence RI












1880 827 Lincoln RI












1880 828 Charleston SC 1917 1880

1880 1880



1880

1880 829 Logan UT












1880 830 Park City UT












1880 831 Fairhaven VT












1880 832 Cheyenne WY













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