Documentary History of American Water-works

Introduction Historical Background Chronology Geography Biography Technology Ownership and Financing General Bibliography

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 418 Fairfield CA












1866 419 Middletown CT 1866

1866








1866 420 Annapolis MD 1912
1866


1866








1866 421 Tremont PA 1974



1866




1866



1866 422 Olympia WA












1867 423 Berkeley CA












1867 424 Oakland CA 1923











1867 425 Santa Clara CA












1867 426 West Hartford CT 1867



1867








1867 427 Chelsea MA 1867










1875
1867
1867 428 Columbus MS 1867












1867 429 Gouverneur NY 1891
1891 1867

1891
1867 1867
1867 1867
1867 430 Middletown NY












1867 431 Mount Morris NY 1914


1867







1867 432 Oswego NY 1902
1904 1867
1867






1867 433 Centralia PA












1867 434 Hollidaysburgh PA 1867



1867






1888

1867 435 Walla Walla WA












1867 436
Boscobel WI 1913
1867









1868 437 Truckee CA












1868 438
Granby CT 1945

1868


1868




1868 439 Springfield IL 1868
1868


1868








1868 440 Great Barrington MA 1890



1868








1868 441 Webster MA 1893


1868

1868







1868 442 Auburn ME 1893


1868



1868
1874
1868 443 Minneapolis MN 1868


1868




1868




1868 444 Binghamton NY 1868
1868




1868

1875 1868
1868 445 Ogdensburgh NY 1868


1868




1868




1868 446 Carbondale PA Private












1868 447 Chester PA 1939












1868 448 Johnstown PA 1965












1868 449 Mahanoy City PA 1942












1868 450 Vancouver WA












1869 451 Colusa CA












1869 452 San Mateo CA












1869 453 Ansonia CT 2008



1869







1869
1869 454
Dixon IL 1956 1884 1869









1869 455 Morrison IL 1869
1874




1869






1869 456 Riverside IL 1894 1869



1869





1869 457 Bowling Green KY 1869

1869


1869





1869

1869 458 Lynn MA 1869



1869








1869 459 Norway ME 1941



1869








1869 460 St. Paul MN 1882
1869











1869 461 Carson City NV 1972



1869








1869 462 Hamilton NV












1869 463 Batavia NY 1869

1869




1869





1869 464 Lee Center NY 1970











1869 465 Doylestown PA 1869
1869


1869








1869 466 Lock Haven PA












1869 467 Oxford PA 1870












1870 468 Mission San Jose CA












1870 469 Vallejo CA












1870 470 Meriden CT 1870



1870







1870
1870 471 Connersville IN 1870
1880
1870



1870






1870 472 Ashburnham MA 1897



1870








1870 473 Brockton MA 1870

1870

1881
1870






1870
1870 474 Malden MA 1870



1870







1870
1870 475 Melrose MA 1870



1870







1870
1870 476 Jackson MI 1871
1870





1870





1870 477 Marquette MI 1870
1870





1870





1870 478 Lebanon NH 1870


1870









1870 479 New York Mills NY 1938












1870 480 Port Jervis NY 1929



1870






1870

1870 481 Warsaw NY 1895



1870






1870

1870 482 Canton OH 1869 1873 1869



1869


1869
1870 483 Dayton OH 1870

1870





1870


1870

1870 484 Astoria OR












1870 485 Dunmore PA Private












1870 486 East Brady PA 1976












1870 487 Peckville PA Private












1870 488 Pottstown PA 1947












1870 489 Shenandoah PA 1941












1870 490 Tyrone PA 1932



1870






1879

1870 491 Corinne UT












1870 492
Randolph Center VT 1940











1870 493 Laramie WY 1877












1871 494 Pasadena CA












1871 495 Petaluma CA












1871 496 San Rafael CA












1871 497 Stamford CT Private



1871







1871
1871 498 Rome GA 1871
1872



1871







1871 499
Dubuque IA 1900 1888
1871 1872 1889



1871

1871 500 Columbus IN 1871
1871





1871





1871 501 Indianapolis IN Private

1871








1871 502
La Porte IN 1871 1871










1871 503 Covington KY 1871
1871




1871



1871 504 Everett MA 1871



1871








1871 505 Cumberland MD 1871

1871





1871


1871

1871 506 Farmington NH 1871

1871


1871






1871
1871 507 Rahway NJ 1871
1871








1871
1871 508 Eureka NV












1871 509
Port Byron NY 1871


1871

1871





1871

1871 510 Columbus OH












1871 511 Norwalk OH












1871 512 Salem OR












1871 513 Coatesville PA Private












1871 514 Emmaus PA 1871












1871 515 Methoppen PA Private

1871








1871 516 West Pittston PA Private












1871 517
East Wallingford VT None











1872 518 Gilroy CA












1872 519 Denver CO 1918

1872

1886
1880


1872




1872 520 Norwalk CT 1872



1872







1872
1872 521 Des Moines IA 1919
1872



1891







1872 522 Decatur IL 1872
1872





1872


1872


1872 523 Rock Island IL 1872
1872





1872


1872


1872 524
Evansville IN 1872 1872




1872




1872 525 South Hadley MA 1872



1872








1872 526 Allegan MI 1872
1900
1872




1872





1872 527 Bay City MI 1872
1872





1872




1872
1872 528 Big Rapids MI 1872
1872





1872




1872
1872 529
Plainwell MI 1872
1872



1872



1885
1872 530 Sedalia MO 1872
1872





1872





1872 531 Milford NH 1890

1889

1872

1889






1872 532 Passaic NJ 1930

1872
1872
1872
1872






1872
1872 533 Corning NY 1872











1872 534 Delhi NY 1897



1872






1872

1872 535
Dunkirk NY 1872
1872




1872

1872
1872 536 Ellenville NY 1872



1872






1872

1872 537 Glens Falls NY 1872



1872







1872
1872 538
Goshen NY 1872


1872






1872
1872 539 Rome NY 1872


1872

1872






1872
1872 540 Warwick NY 1872



1872







1872
1872 541 Bellaire OH 1872
1872


1872







1872
1872 542 Crestline OH 1872

1872







1872
1872 543 Ironton OH 1872
1872





1872





1872 544 Mansfield OH 1872
1872





1872





1872 545 Portsmouth OH 1872
1872





1872





1872 546 Youngstown OH 1872
1872





1872





1872 547 Blairsville PA 1872












1872 548 Kittanning PA Private











1872 549 Lebanon PA 1872












1872 550 Parker PA 1936












1872 551 Tidioute PA 1967











1873 552 Birmingham AL 1951

1873


1873







1873 553 Montgomery AL 1950

1873


1873







1873 554 Santa Rosa CA












1873 555 Woodland CA












1873 556 Central City CO 1889











1873 556 New Castle DE 1921

1873


1873







1873 557 Marseilles IL 1962











1873 558 Quincy IL 1916
1873











1873 559 South Bend IN 1873
1880
1873


1873






1873
1873 560 Terre Haute IN Private
1873






1873




1873 561 Blue Rapids KS 1873





1873




1873 562
Newport KY 1873 1873

1873







1873 563 Adams MA 1873



1873








1873 564 Attleborough MA 1873

1873




1873




1873
1873 565 Easthampton MA 1873


1873

1873







1873 566 Leominster MA 1873



1873







1873
1873 567 Turners Falls MA 1886
1886
1873 1886






1873 568 Waltham MA 1873

1873


1873






1873
1873 569 Winchester MA 1873



1873







1873
1873 570 Woburn MA 1873

1873


1873






1873
1873 571 Augusta ME 1904

1886

1873
1886





1886

1873 572
Biddeford ME Private

1873
1873






1873 573 East Saginaw MI 1873
1873





1873





1873 574
Port Huron MI 1873 1873




1873

1873

1879
1873 575 Saginaw MI 1873
1873





1873




1873
1873 576 Gorham NH 1960



1872




1872

1883

1873 577 Pioche NV












1873 578 Reno NV












1873 579
Dansville NY 1897


1873





1897 1873
1873 580
Hillburn NY 1939


1873






1873
1873 581 Jamestown NY 1903

1882
1873




1882


1882

1873 582 Nyack NY 1896

1882

1873
1873





1873

1873 583 Sidney OH 1873
1888
1873


1888

1873





1873 584 Toledo OH 1873
1873



1874







1873 585 Conshohocken PA Private

1873


1873







1873 586 Danville PA 1873
1873





1873





1873 587 Lansford PA 1951


1873









1873 588 Phoenixville PA 1873 1873

1873







1873 589 Saint Petersburg PA 1967











1873 590 Sewickley PA 1873











1873 591 Titusville PA 1873
1873





1873





1873 592 Memphis TN 1939
1873





1873





1873 593 Norfolk VA 1873

1873








1873
1873
1874 594 San Luis Obispo CA












1874 595 Georgetown CO 1891


1891









1874 596 Pueblo CO 1874
1874





1874





1874 597 New Milford CT Private



1874






1874

1874 598 Clinton IA Private 1874




1874




1874 599 Davenport IA Prfivate
1874


1882


1874





1874 600
Hyde Park IL 1874 1874




1874




1874 601 Jacksonville IL 1874


1874









1874 602
Town of Lake IL 1874

1874


1874




1874 603 Litchfield IL 1936
1874





1874


1874


1874 604 Morgan Park IL 1882
1885?




1874





1874
1874 605 Waukegan IL 1874
1892




1874






1874 606
Mishawaka IN 1923
1874



1874




1874 607
Union City IN 1874 1874




1874



1874
1874 608 Concord MA 1874



1874







1874
1874 609 Fall River MA 1874

1874



1874
1886



1874

1874 610 Natick MA 1874

1874


1874






1874
1874 611 Westfield MA 1874



1874






1874

1874 612
Bar Harbor ME 2001


1874







1874 613 Cape May NJ 1874

1874




1874





1874 614 Hackensack NJ Private

1874


1874







1874 615 Elko NV












1874 616 Flushing NY 1874

1874





1874


1874

1874 617 Bellevue OH 1874 1874


1874





1874
1874 618 Chicora PA 1947











1874 619 Downingtown PA 1895











1874 620 Hanover PA 1932


1874









1874 621 Meadville PA 1898


1874

1874





1874

1874 622 Petrolia PA 1891












1874 623 Renovo PA 1874

1874








1874 624 Susquehanna PA Private


1874









1874 625 Martinsburg WV 1874
1874





1874





1875 626 Alameda CA












1875 627 Chico CA












1875 628 Rio Vista CA












1875 629 Salinas CA












1875 630 West Berkeley CA












1875 631 Boulder CO 1875


1875









1875 632 South Norwalk CT 1875



1875






1875

1875 633 Atlanta GA 1875
1875





1875





1875 634 Anamosa IA 1910
1875


1875








1875 635 Lyons IA Private
1875


1875








1875 636 Marengo IA












1875 637 Alton IL Private 1875



1875





1875 638 Bloomington IL 1875
1875



1876







1875 639 Chebanse IL ? 1885?



1875





1875 640 Evanston IL 1875 1875




1875




1875 641 Galesburg IL 1891 1875


1883
1891




1875 642 Joliet IL 1888 1881


1881
1890




1875 643 Rockford IL 1875
1875





1875





1875 644 Brazil IN 1875
1875





1875





1875 645 Michigan City IN 1921
1875




1875






1875 646 Brookline MA 1875

1875


1875

1875



1875
1875
1875 647 Cheshire MA 1970



1875






1875

1875 649 Lenox MA 1947



1875








1875 649 Lincoln MA 1875

1875


1875






1875
1875 650 West Springfield MA 1892



1875







1875
1875 651 Muskegon MI 1875
1875





1875





1875 652 Kansas City MO 1895












1875 653 College Point NY 1875

1875





1875


1875

1875 654 Le Roy NY 1897

1897
1875


1897




1875

1875 655 Long Island City NY 1875

1875





1875




1875 656 Peekskill NY 1875


1875

1875





1875

1875 657 Ticonderoga NY 1892











1875 658 Middletown OH 1875


1875




1867




1875 659 Archbald PA Private


1875









1875 660 Beaver Falls PA 1940

1875
1875






1875 661 Bristol PA 1912
1875
1875







1875 662 Clarion PA Private











1875 663 Mount Joy PA 1875 1875 1875
1875







1875 664 South Bethlehem PA 1920 1875
1875








1875 665 Danville VA 1876
1875











1875 666 Racine WI 1919 1887


1887




1875
1875 667 Green River WY 1988












1876 668 Antioch CA












1876 669 Fresno CA












1876 670 Hollister CA












1876 671 Livermore Falls CA












1876 672 Modesto CA












1876 673 Santa Cruz CA












1876 674 Cedar Rapids IA 1903 1876




1876




1876 675 Marshalltown IA 1876
1876





1876





1876 676 Muscatine IA 1900
1876


1876








1876 677 Charleston IL 1876
1876





1876





1876 678 Lake View IL 1876
1876





1876





1876 679
Lockport IL 1896 1896 1876
1876







1876 680 Sycamore IL 1876
1876



1888







1876 681 Lafayette IN 1876
1876


1876
1876







1876 682 Logansport IN 1876
1876
1876




1876





1876 683 Henderson KY 1876












1876 684 Athol MA 1905



1876






1876

1876 685 Danvers MA 1876

1876


1876






1876
1876 686 Methuen MA 1876

1894


1894






1894
1876 687 Newton MA 1876

1876


1876





1876

1876 688 Taunton MA 1876

1876





1876


1876

1876 689 Springvale ME 1929



1876








1876 690 Ionia MI 1876
1876





1876




1883
1876 691 Winona MN 1876












1876 692 Andes NY 1971



1876






1876

1876 693 Garden City NY 1923

1876





1876


1876

1876 694
Suspension Bridge NY 1876

1876



1876

1876
1876 695 Yonkers NY 1876
1884

1876

1884







1876 696
Piqua OH 1876
1876



1876




1876 697 Sandusky OH 1876
1876



1877







1876 698 Ebensburg PA 1876

1876








1876 699 Plymouth PA Private


1876









1876 700 Stroudsburg PA 1956


1876









1876 701 Westerly RI 1897
1886
1876
1886





1876 702 Austin TX 1902












1876 703 Salem VA 1876
1876


1876








1876 704 Prairie du Chien WI 1902












1877 705 Redwood City CA












1877 706 Visalia CA












1877 707 Lansing IA 1903












1877 708 State Center IA 1877











1877 709 Moline IL 1886 1877




1877




1877 710 Rochelle IL 1877 1877




1877




1877 711 Wilmington IL 1877

1877




1877





1877 712 Marion IN 1877
1877





1877





1877 713 Agawam MA 1905



1877







1877
1877 714 Tecumseh MI 1877
1892



1892
1877





1877
1877 715 Long Branch NJ Private












1877 716 Silver City NV 1877










1877

1877 717 Tuscarora NV












1877 718 Winnemucca NV












1877 719
Gloversville NY 1877


1877





1877
1877 720 Niagara Falls NY 1912












1877 721
Watervliet NY 1918
1904 1877
1884



1877

1877 722 Lancaster OH 1877
1877



1879







1877 723 Ashland PA 1877



1877






1877

1877 724 Bradford PA 1882
1877

1883


1877






1877 725 Canton PA 1952

1877








1877 726 Foxburg PA 1963


1877









1877 727 Summit Hill PA 1953

1877








1877 728 Dallas TX 1881











1878 729 Little Rock AR 1959












1878 730 Anaheim CA












1878 731 Oroville CA












1878 732 St. Helena CA












1878 733 Watsonville CA












1878
Caribou CO None

1878








1878
Colorado Springs CO 1878

1878








1878 734 Bethel CT 1878



1878






1878

1878 735 Mount Carmel CT 1980



1878








1878 736 Torrington CT Private












1878 737 Fort Gaines GA 1878





1878






1878 738 Burlington IA 1943






1878





1878 739 Keokuk IA 1938
1878





1878





1878 740 Blue Island IL 1878 1881



1878





1878 741 DeKalb IL 1878 1878



1878





1878 742 Oregon IL 1878
1878


1878








1878 743 Cochituate MA 1878


1878
1878






1878

1878 744 Nantucket MA 1988

1880




1880





1878 745 Lewiston ME 1878

1878
1878




1878
1878 746 Cadillac MI 1946
1878





1878




1878
1878 747 Constantine MI 1878

1878




1878




1878
1878 748 Belvidere NJ Private

1878



1878






1878 749 Bridgeton NJ 1877
1877


1877








1878 750 Lambertville NJ 1878



1878








1878 751
Green Island NY 1949
1904 1878








1878 752
Lyons NY 1916
1887


1887



1887
1878 753 Olean NY 1883

1878










1878 754 Urbana OH 1878
1878





1878





1878 755 West Cleveland OH 1878












1878 756 Butler PA Private
1878


1878








1878 757 Emlenton PA Private
1878

1878
1878








1878 758 South Pittsburg TN 1939?












1878 759 Waco TX 1904












1878 760 Randolph VT 1878



1878








1878 761 La Crosse WI 1878












1879 762 Eureka CA












1879 764 Golden CO 1879






1879





1879 765 Leadville CO 1963












1879 766 Trinidad CO 1897












1879 767 Canaan CT Private



1879






1879

1879 768 Monticello IA 1879 1879

1879







1879 769 Ottumwa IA 1910
1879









1879 770
Geneseo IL 1879 1879




1879




1879 771 Paris IL 1879
1879


1895


1879





1879 772 New Carlisle IN 1879
1879




1879





1879
1879 773 Peru IN 1879
1879


1879








1879 774 Owensboro KY 1906
1879





1879





1879 775
Westborough MA 1879


1879





1879
1879 776 Alpena MI 1905
1879
1879




1879


1905

1879
1879 777
Evart MI 1879 1879




1879



1879
1879 778 Holly MI 1879
1879





1879




1879
1879 779 Lyons MI 1879

1879




1879




1879
1879 780 Niles MI 1895


1879









1879 781 Portland MI 1879
1879



1890

1879


1890

1879
1879 782 Mankato MN 1879












1879 783 Bethlehem NH 1903












1879 784 Littleton NH 1903












1879 785 Attica NY 1918



1879








1879 786 Owego NY Private

1881

1879








1879 787 Phoenix NY 1917


1879









1879 788 Richfield Springs NY 1879

1885

1879
1885







1879 789 Saint Johnsville NY 1879



1879








1879 790 Walton NY 1963



1879








1879 791 Westfield NY 1890



1879








1879 792 East Liverpool OH 1879












1879 793 Elyria OH 1898
1879




1879






1879 794 Tiffin OH Private
1879
1879




1879





1879 795 Junction City OR












1879 796 Eldred PA 1987



1879








1879 797 Ephrata PA 1906


1879









1879 798 New Brighton PA 1940
1879
1879

1879








1879 799 Tacony PA 1924
1879











1879 800 Deadwood SD












1879 801 Clarksville TN 1893












1879 802 Houston TX 1906












1879 803 Brandon VT 1879












1879 804 Island Pond VT 1905



1879








1879 805 Waterbury VT 1896



1879








1879 806 Kenosha WI 1895
1895

1879



1895





1880 807 Tombstone AZ












1880 808 Benicia CA












1880 809 Cañon City CO 1884












1880 810 Greenwich CT Private



1880






1880

1880 811 Thomaston CT Private



1880






1880

1880 812 Jacksonville FL 1880












1880 813 Oskaloosa IA 1922












1880 814 Fort Wayne IN 1880
1880


1880


1880





1880 815 Atchison KS 1977












1880 816 Emporia KS 1880











1880 817 Maysville KY 1963












1880 818
Amherst MA 1941


1880






1880
1880 819 Hingham MA Private



1880







1880
1880 820 Uxbridge MA 1890



1880






1880

1880 821 Saint Louis MI 1882
1882
1882




1882




1882
1880 822 Stillwater MN 1910












1880 823 Hannibal MO












1880 824 St. Joseph MO












1880 825 Fargo ND 1890

1880





1880


1880

1880 826 Short Hills NJ Private












1880 827 Chateaugay NY 1966



1880







1880
1880 828 Gravesend NY 1895

1880



1880






1880 829 Jordan NY 1926


1880









1880 830 Waverly NY 1912



1880








1880 831 Albany OR












1880 832 Bloomsburg PA Private
1880


1880








1880 833 Duke Center PA None












1880 834 Knox PA 1882












1880 835 Towanda PA 1950


1880





1880
1880 836 Troy PA 1903












1880 837 East Providence RI 1928

1893



1893






1880 838 Charleston SC 1917
1880

1880 1880



1880
1880 839 Logan UT












1880 840 Park City UT












1880 841 Fair Haven VT 1880



1880








1880 842 Cheyenne WY 1882













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