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 411 Fairfield CA












1866 412 Annapolis MD 1912
1866


1866








1866 405 Tremont PA 1974



1866




1866



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












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 Hollidaysburgh PA 1867



1867






1888

1867 419 Walla Walla WA












1867
Boscobel WI 1913
1867









1868 420 Truckee CA












1868 421
Granby CT 1945

1868


1868




1868 422 Springfield IL












1868 423 Great Barrington MA 1890



1868








1868 424 Webster MA 1893


1868

1868







1868 425 Auburn ME 1893


1868



1868
1874
1868 426 Minneapolis MN 1868


1868




1868




1868 427 Binghamton NY 1868
1868




1868

1875 1868
1868 428 Ogdensburgh NY 1868


1868




1868




1868 429 Carbondale PA Private












1868 430 Chester PA 1939












1868 431 Johnstown PA 1965












1868 432 Mahanoy City PA 1942












1868 433 Vancouver WA












1869 434 Colusa CA












1869 435 San Mateo CA












1869 436 Ansonia CT 2008



1869







1869
1869 xxx
Dixon IL 1956 1884 1869









1869 438 Morrison IL 1869
1874




1869






1869 451 Riverside IL 1894 1869



1869





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 1882
1869











1869 443 Carson City NV 1972



1869








1869 444 Hamilton NV












1869 445 Batavia NY 1869

1869




1869





1869 448 Doylestown PA 1869
1869


1869








1869 449 Lock Haven PA












1869 450 Oxford PA 1870












1870 451 Mission San Jose CA












1870 452 Vallejo CA












1870 453 Meriden CT 1870



1870







1870
1870 455 Connersville IN 1870
1880
1870



1870






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 1871
1870





1870





1870 462 Marquette MI 1870
1870





1870





1870 464 Lebanon NH 1870


1870









1870 466 New York Mills NY 1938












1870 468 Port Jervis NY 1929



1870






1870

1870 469 Warsaw NY 1895



1870






1870

1870 xxx Canton OH 1869 1873 1869



1869


1869
1870 471 Dayton OH 1870

1870





1870


1870

1870 472 Astoria OR












1870 474 Dunmore PA Private












1870 475 East Brady PA 1976












1870 476 Peckville PA Private












1870 477 Pottstown PA 1947












1870 478 Shenandoah PA 1941












1870 479 Tyrone PA 1932



1870






1879

1870 480 Corinne UT












1870 481
Randolph Center VT 1940











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 1871
1872



1871







1871
Dubuque IA 1900 1888
1871 1872 1889



1871

1871 490 Columbus IN 1871
1871





1871





1871
La Porte IN 1871 1871










1871 491 Indianapolis IN Private


1871




1871




1871 492 Blue Rapids KS












1871 493 Covington KY 1871
1871




1871



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 500
Port Byron NY 1871


1871

1871





1871

1871 502 Columbus OH












1871 503 Norwalk OH












1871 504 Salem OR












1871 505 Coatesville PA Private












1871 506 Emmaus PA 1871












1871 xxx Methoppen PA Private

1871








1871 510 West Pittston PA Private












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 1919
1872



1891







1872 516 Decatur IL 1872
1872





1872


1872


1872 518 Rock Island IL 1872
1872





1872


1872


1872
Evansville IN 1872 1872




1872




1872 519 Newport KY












1872 520 South Hadley MA 1872



1872








1872 521 Allegan MI 1872
1900
1872




1872





1872 522 Bay City MI 1872
1872





1872




1872
1872 523 Big Rapids MI 1872
1872





1872




1872
1872
Plainwell MI 1872
1872



1872



1885
1872 525 Sedalia MO












1872 526 Milford NH 1890

1889

1872

1889






1872 527 Passaic NJ 1930

1872
1872
1872
1872






1872
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
1872


1872







1872
1872 xxx Crestline OH 1872

1872







1872
1872 537 Ironton OH 1872
1872





1872





1872 538 Mansfield OH 1872
1872





1872





1872 539 Portsmouth OH 1872
1872





1872





1872 540 Youngstown OH 1872
1872





1872





1872 541 Blairsville PA 1872












1872 xxx Kittanning PA Private











1872 543 Lebanon PA 1872












1872 545 Parker PA 1936












1872 xxx Tidioute PA 1967











1873 547 Birmingham AL 1951

1873


1873







1873 548 Montgomery AL 1950

1873


1873







1873 549 Santa Rosa CA












1873 550 Woodland CA












1873 551 New Castle DE 1921

1873


1873







1873 553 Quincy IL 1916
1873











1873
Marseilles IL 1962

1873









1873 557 South Bend IN 1873
1880
1873


1873






1873
1873 558 Terre Haute IN Private
1873






1873




1873
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
Port Huron MI 1873 1873




1873

1873

1879
1873 571 Saginaw MI 1873
1873





1873




1873
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 578 Sidney OH 1873
1888
1873


1888

1873





1873 579 Toledo OH 1873
1873



1874







1873 580 Conshohocken PA Private

1873


1873







1873 581 Danville PA 1873
1873





1873





1873 582 Lansford PA 1951


1873









1873 xxx Phoenixville PA 1873 1873

1873







1873 xxx Saint Petersburg PA 1967











1873 xxx Sewickley PA 1873











1873 586 Titusville PA 1873
1873





1873





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 Prfivate
1874


1882


1874





1874
Hyde Park IL 1874 1874




1874




1874 596 Jacksonville IL 1874


1874









1874
Town of Lake IL 1874

1874


1874




1874 597 Litchfield IL 1936
1874





1874


1874


1874 598 Morgan Park IL 1882
1885?




1874





1874
1874 599 Waukegan IL 1874
1892




1874






1874
Mishawaka IN 1923
1874



1874




1874
Union City IN 1874 1874




1874



1874
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 NJ 1874

1874




1874





1874 606 Hackensack NJ Private

1874


1874







1874 607 Elko NV












1874 609 Flushing NY 1874

1874





1874


1874

1874 xxx Bellevue OH 1874 1874


1874





1874
1874 611 Downingtown PA 1895











1874 612 Hanover PA 1932


1874









1874 613 Meadville PA 1898


1874

1874





1874

1874 614 Chicora PA 1947?












1874 616 Petrolia PA 1891












1874 xx Renovo PA 1874

1874








1874 617 Susquehanna PA Private


1874









1874 619 Martinsburg WV 1874
1874





1874





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
1875





1875





1875 628 Anamosa IA 1910
1875


1875








1875 629 Cedar Rapids IA












1875 630 Clinton IA












1875 631 Marengo IA












1875
Alton IL Private 1875



1875





1875 632 Bloomington IL 1875
1875



1876







1875
Chebanse IL ? 1885?



1875





1875
Evanston IL 1875 1875




1875




1875
Galesburg IL 1891 1875


1883
1891




1875
Joliet IL 1888 1881


1881
1890




1875 633 Rockford IL 1875
1875





1875





1875 634 Brazil IN 1875
1875





1875





1875 635 Michigan City IN 1921
1875




1875






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
1875





1875





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 651 Archbald PA Private


1875









1875 652 Beaver Falls PA 1940

1875
1875






1875 xxx South Bethlehem PA 1920 1875
1875








1875 653 Bristol PA 1912

1875



1875






1875 654 Clarion PA Private












1875 xxx Mount Joy PA 1875 1875 1875
1875




1875

1875 656 Austin TX












1875 657 Danville VA 1876
1875











1875
Racine WI 1919 1887


1887




1875
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












1876 670 Charleston IL 1876
1876





1876





1876 672 Lake View IL 1876
1876





1876