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 404 Fairfield CA












1866 404 Annapolis MD












1866 405 Tremont PA












1866 406 Olympia WA












1867 407 Berkeley CA












1867 408 Oakland CA 1923











1867 409 Santa Clara CA












1867 410 West Hartford CT 1867


1867









1867 411 Chelsea MA 1867









1875
1867

1867 412 Columbus MS












1867 413 Gouverneur NY 1891 1891 1867

1891
1867 1867
1867 1867
1867 414 Middletown NY












1867 415 Mount Morris NY 1914

1867








1867 416 Oswego NY 1902 1904 1867
1867







1867 417 Centralia PA












1867 418 Chester PA












1867 419 Hollidaysburgh PA 1867


1867






1888

1867
1867 420 Walla Walla WA












1868 421 Truckee CA












1868 422
Granby CA 1945
1868


1868





1868 423 Springfield IL












1868 424 Great Barrington MA 1890


1868









1868 425 Webster MA 1893

1868

1868








1868 426 Auburn ME 1893

1868



1868
1874

1868 427 Minneapolis MN 1868

1868




1868





1868 428 Binghamton NY 1868 1868




1868

1875 1868
1868 429 Ogdensburgh NY 1868

1868




1868





1868 430 Carbondale PA












1868 431 Johnstown PA












1868 432 Mahonoy City PA












1868 433 Vancouver WA












1869 434 Colusa CA












1869 435 San Mateo CA












1869 436 Ansonia CT 2008


1869







1869

1869 437 Aurora IL












1869 438 Morrison IL












1869 439 Bowling Green KY 1869
1869


1869





1869


1869 440 Lynn MA 1869


1869









1869 441 Norway ME 1941


1869









1869 442 St. Paul MN












1869 443 Carson City NV 1972


1869









1869 444 Hamilton NV












1869 445 Batavia NY 1869
1869




1869






1869 446 Canton OH












1869 447 Wooster OH












1869 448 Doylestown PA












1869 449 Lock Haven PA












1869 450 Oxford PA












1870 451 Mission San Jose CA












1870 452 Vallejo CA












1870 453 Meriden CT 1870


1870







1870

1870 454 Dubuque IA












1870 455 Connersville IN












1870 456 La Porte IN












1870 457 Ashburnham MA 1897


1870









1870 458 Brockton MA 1870
1870

1881
1870






1870

1870 459 Malden MA 1870


1870







1870

1870 460 Melrose MA 1870


1870







1870

1870 461 Jackson MI












1870 462 Marquette MI












1870 463 Plainwell MI












1870 464 Lebanon NH 1870

1870










1870 465 Little Falls NJ












1870 466 New York Mills NY 1938












1870 468 Port Jervis NY 1929


1870






1870

1870 469 Warsaw NY 1895


1870






1870


1870 470 Crestline OH












1870 471 Dayton OH 1870
1870





1870


1870


1870 472 Astoria OR












1870 473 Downington PA












1870 474 Dunmore PA












1870 475 East Brady PA












1870 476 Peckville PA












1870 477 Pottstown PA












1870 478 Shenandoah PA












1870 479 Tyrone PA 1932


1870






1879

1870
1870 480 Corinne UT












1870 481
Randolph Center VT 1940











1870 482 Boscobel WI












1870 483 Racine WI












1870 484 Laramie WY












1871 485 Pasadena CA












1871 486 Petaluma CA












1871 487 San Rafael CA












1871 488 Stamford CT Private


1871







1871

1871 489 Rome GA 1872

1872

1872






1872

1871 490 Columbus IN












1871 491 Indianapolis IN Private

1871




1871





1871 492 Blue Rapids KS












1871 493 Covington KY 1871 1871




1871




1871 494 Edgewood KY












1871 495 Everett MA 1871


1871









1871 496 Cumberland MD 1871
1871





1871


1871


1871 497 Farmington NH 1871
1871


1871






1871

1871 498 Rahway NJ 1871 1871








1871
1871 499 Eureka NV












1871
Port Byron NY 1871

1871

1871





1871


1871 502 Columbus OH












1871 503 Norwalk OH












1871 504 Salem OR












1871 505 Coatesville PA












1871 506 Emaus PA












1871 507 Kittaning PA












1871 508 Sewickley PA












1871 509 Tidioute PA












1871 510 West Pittston PA












1871 511
East Wallingford VT None











1872 512 Gilroy CA












1872 513 Denver CO 1918
1872

1886
1880


1872





1872 514 Norwalk CT 1872


1872







1872

1872 515 Des Moines IA












1872 516 Decatur IL












1872 517 Dixon IL












1872 518 Rock Island IL












1872 519 Newport KY












1872 520 South Hadley MA 1872


1872









1872 521 Allegan MI












1872 522 Bay City MI












1872 523 Big Rapids MI












1872 524 Port Huron MI












1872 525 Sedalia MO












1872 526 Milford NH 1890
1889

1872

1890







1872 527 Passaic NJ












1872 528 Corning NY 1872











1872 529 Delhi NY 1897


1872






1872


1872
Dunkirk NY 1872 1872




1872

1872

1872 530 Ellenville NY 1872


1872






1872


1872 531 Glens Falls NY 1872


1872







1872

1872
Goshen NY 1872

1872






1872
1872 534 Rome NY 1872

1872

1872






1872

1872 535 Warwick NY 1872


1872







1872

1872 536 Bellaire OH












1872 537 Ironton OH












1872 538 Mansfield OH












1872 539 Portsmouth OH












1872 540 Youngstown OH












1872 541 Blairsville PA












1872 542 Lansdale PA












1872 543 Lebanon PA












1872 544 Oil City PA












1872 545 Parkers Landing PA












1872 546 Phoenixville PA












1873 547 Birmingham AL












1873 548 Montgomery AL












1873 549 Santa Rosa CA












1873 550 Woodland CA












1873 551 New Castle DE 1921
1873


1873








1873 552 Moline IL












1873 553 Quincy IL












1873 554 Rochelle IL












1873 555 Evansville IN












1873 556 Mishawaka IN












1873 557 South Bend IN












1873 558 Terre Haute IN












1873 559 Union City IN












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
1873 569
Biddeford ME Private
1873
1873







1873 570 East Saginaw MI












1873 571 Saginaw MI












1873 572 Gorham NH 1960


1872




1872

1883


1873 573 Pioche NV












1873 574 Reno NV












1873
Dansville NY 1897

1873





1897
1873
1873
Hillburn NY 1939

1873







1873
1873 575 Jamestown NY 1903
1882
1873




1882


1882


1873 576 Nyack NY 1896
1882

1873
1873





1873


1873 577 Bellevue OH












1873 578 Sidney OH












1873 579 Toledo OH












1873 580 Conshohocken PA












1873 581 Danville PA












1873 582 Lansford PA












1873 583 Meshoppen PA












1873 584 Renovo PA












1873 585 Shamokin PA












1873 586 Titusville PA












1873 587 Memphis TN












1873 588 Norfolk VA 1873
1873








1873

1873
1874 589 San Luis Obispo CA












1874 590 Georgetown CO












1874 591 Pueblo CO












1874 592 New Milford CT Private


1874






1874


1874 593 Davenport IA












1874 594 DeKalb IL












1874 595 Evanston IL












1874 596 Jacksonville IL












1874 597 Litchfield IL












1874 598 Morgan Park IL












1874 599 Waukegan IL












1874 600 Concord MA 1874


1874







1874

1874 601 Fall River MA 1874
1874



1874
1886



1874


1874 602 Natick MA 1874
1874


1874






1874

1874 603 Westfield MA 1874


1874






1874


1874 604
Bar Harbor ME 2001

1874








1874 605 Cape May City NJ












1874 606 Hackensack NJ












1874 607 Elko NV












1874 609 Flushing NY 1874
1874





1874


1874


1874 610 Middletown OH












1874 611 Ebensburgh PA












1874 612 Hanover PA












1874 613 Meadville PA 1898

1874

1874





1874


1874 614 Millerstown PA












1874 615 Mount Joy PA












1874 616 Patrolia PA












1874 617 Susquehanna PA












1874 618 Tioga PA












1874 619 Martinsburg WV












1875 620 Alameda CA












1875 621 Chico CA












1875 622 Rio Vista CA












1875 623 Salinas CA












1875 624 West Berkeley CA












1875 625 Boulder CO












1875 626 South Norwalk CT 1875


1875






1875


1875 627 Atlanta GA












1875 628 Anamosa IA












1875 629 Cedar Rapids IA












1875 630 Clinton IA












1875 631 Marengo IA












1875 632 Bloomington IL












1875 633 Rockford IL












1875 634 Brazil IN












1875 635 Michigan City IN












1875 636 Brookline MA 1875
1875


1875

1875



1875
1875

1875 637 Cheshire MA 1970


1875






1875


1875 638 Lenox MA 1947


1875









1875 639 Lincoln MA 1875
1875


1875






1875

1875 640 West Springfield MA 1892


1875







1875

1875 641 Muskegon MI












1875 642 Kansas City MO












1875 643 College Point NY 1875
1875





1875


1875


1875 644 Le Roy NY 1897
1897
1875


1897




1875


1875 645 Long Island City NY 1875
1875





1875





1875 646 Peekskill NY 1875

1875

1875





1875


1875 649 Middletown OH 1875

1875




1867





1875 650 Piqua OH












1875 651 Archbald PA












1875 652 Beaver Falls PA 1940
1875
1875







1875 653 Bristol PA Private
1875



1875







1875 654 Clarion PA












1875 655 Saint Petersburgh PA












1875 656 Austin TX












1875 657 Danville VA












1875 658 Green River WY












1876 659 Antioch CA












1876 660 Fresno CA












1876 661 Hollister CA












1876 662 Livermore Falls CA












1876 663 Modesto CA












1876 664 Santa Cruz CA












1876 665 Lyons IA












1876 666 Marshalltown IA












1876 667 Muscatine IA












1875 668 Alton IL












1876 669 Blue Island IL












1876 670 Charlestown IL












1876 671 Chebanse IL












1876 672 Lake View IL












1876 673 Sycamore IL












1876 674 Town of Lake IL












1876 675 Lafayette IN












1876 676 Logansport IN












1876 677 Henderson KY












1876 678 Athol MA 1905


1876






1876


1876 679 Danvers MA 1876
1876


1876






1876

1876 680 Methuen MA 1876
1894


1894






1894

1876 681 Newton MA 1876
1876


1876





1876


1876 682 Taunton MA 1876
1876





1876


1876


1876 683 Springvale ME 1929


1876









1876 684 Ionia MI












1876 685 Winona MN












1876 686 Andes NY 1971


1876






1876


1876 687 Garden City NY 1923
1876





1876


1876


1876
Suspension Bridge NY 1876
1876



1876

1876

1876 688 West Troy NY












1876 689 Yonkers NY












1876 690 Sandusky OH












1876 691 Plymouth PA












1876 692 Stroudsburg PA












1876 693 Summit Hill PA












1876 694 Westerly RI 1897 1886
1876
1886






1876 695 Dallas TX












1876 696 Salem VA












1876 697 Prairie du Chien WI












1877 698 Redwood City CA












1877 699 Visalia CA












1877 700 Lansing IA












1877 701 Lockport IL












1877 702 Wilmington IL












1877 703 Marion IN












1877 704 Agawam MA 1905


1877







1877

1877 705 Tecumseh MI












1877 706 Long Branch NJ












1877 707 Silver City NV 1877









1877


1877 708 Tuscarora NV












1877 709 Winnemucca NV












1877 711 Niagara Falls NY 1912












1877
Watervliet NY 1918 1904 1877
1877



1877


1877 712 Lancaster OH












1877 713 Ashland PA 1877


1877






1877


1877 714 Bradford PA












1877 715 Foxburgh PA












1878 716 Little Rock AR












1878 717 Anaheim CA












1878 718 Oroville CA












1878 719 St. Helena CA












1878 720 Watsonville CA












1878 721 Bethel CT 1878


1878






1878


1878 722 Mount Carmel CT 1980


1878









1878 723 Torrington CT












1878 724 Fort Gaines GA












1878 725 Burlington IA












1878 726 Keokuk IA












1878 727 Monticello IA












1878 728 Ottumwa IA












1878 729 Oregon IL












1878 730 Cochituate MA 1878

1878
1878






1878


1878 731 Nantucket MA 1988
1880




1880






1878 732 Lewiston ME 1878
1878
1878




1878

1878 733 Cadillac MI












1878 734 Constantine MI












1878 735 Belvidere NJ












1878 736 Bridgeton NJ












1878 737 Lambertville NJ












1878 738 Gloversville NY












1878
Green Island NY 1949 1904 1878









1878
Lyons NY 1916 1887


1887



1887

1878 739 Newark NY












1878 740 Olean NY












1878 741 Urbana OH












1878 742 West Cleveland OH












1878 743 Butler PA












1878 744 Emlenton PA












1878 745 Franklin PA












1878 746 South Pittsburg TN












1878 747 Waco TX












1878 748 Randolph VT 1878


1878









1878 749 La Crosse WI












1879 750 Eureka CA












1879 751 Colorado Springs CO












1879 752 Golden CO












1879 753 Leadville CO












1879 754 Trinidad CO












1879 755 Canaan CT Private


1879






1879


1879 756 State Centre IA












1879 757 Paris IL












1879 758 New Carlisle IN












1879 759 Peru IN












1879 760 Owensboro KY












1879 761
Westborough MA 1879

1879





1879

1879 762 Alpena MI












1879 763 Holly Springs MI












1879 764 Lyons MI












1879 765 Niles MI












1879 766 Portland MI












1879 767 Mankato MN












1879 768 Attica NY












1879 769 Owego NY












1879 770 Phoenix NY












1879 771 Richfield Springs NY












1879 772 Saint Johnsville NY












1879 773 Walton NY












1879 774 Westfield NY












1879 775 East Liverpool OH












1879 776 Elyria OH












1879 777 Tiffin OH












1879 778 Junction City OR












1879 779 Eldred PA












1879 780 Euphrata PA












1879 781 New Brighton PA












1879 782 Tacony PA












1879 783 Deadwood SD












1879 784 Clarksville TN












1879 785 Houston TX












1879 786 Brandon VT 1879












1879 787 Island Pond VT 1905


1879









1879 788 Waterbury VT 1896


1879









1879 789 Kenosha WI












1880 790 Tombstone AZ












1880 791 Benicia CA












1880 792 Cañon City CO












1880 793 Greenwich CT Private


1880






1880


1880 794 Thomaston CT Private


1880






1880


1880 795 Jacksonville FL












1880 796 Oskaloosa IA












1880 797 Fort Wayne IN












1880 798 Atchison KS












1880 799 Maysville KY












1880 800
Amherst MA 1941

1880






1880
1880 801 Hingham MA Private


1880







1880

1880 802 Uxbridge MA 1890


1880






1880


1880 803 Evart MI












1880 804 Grand Haven MI












1880 805 Saint Louis MI












1880 806 Stillwater MN












1880 807 Hannibal MO












1880 808 Joplin MO












1880 809 St. Joseph MO












1880 810 Fargo ND 1890
1880





1880


1880


1880 811 Short Hills NJ












1880 812 Chateaugay NY












1880 813 Coney Island NY












1880 814 Jordan NY












1880 815 Waverly NY












1880 816 Wadsworth OH












1880 817 Albany OR












1880 818 Bloomsburgh PA












1880 819 Canton PA












1880 820 Duke Center PA












1880 821 Edenburgh PA












1880 822 Towanda PA 1950

1880





1880

1880 823 Troy PA












1880 824 East Providence RI 1928
1893



1893







1880 825 Charleston SC 1917 1880

1880 1880



1880

1880 826 Logan UT












1880 827 Park City UT












1880 828 Fair Haven VT 1880


1880









1880 829 Cheyenne WY













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