|Introduction||Historical Background||Chronology||Geography||Biography||Technology||Ownership and Financing||General Bibliography|
Financing of American Water Works
||Consumers Water Company.
The Consumers Water Company was incorporated on February 18, 1926 by George F. and Vernon F. West, partners in George F. West & Son, a well-known and highly successful water utility construction and management firm; Herbert Payson and Harold C. Payson, partners in H.M. Payson & Company, the largest and most influential underwriter of utility firms in America at that time; William B. Skelton, a lawyer who previously served as chairman of the Maine Public Utilities Commission; Philip Burgess, one of the principals from an engineering firm that designed water utility pumping stations and other facilities for the water utilities industry; and James W. Coburn, a businessman with extensive experience in accounting.
By 1930 the new company has acquired 12 water companies, many of which were already owned or controlled by H.M. Payson & Company or George F. West & Son. No further water companies were acquired until 1959.
The Philadelphia Suburban Corporation acquired Consumers Water Company on March 10, 1999. Philadelphia Suburban was renamed Aqua America in 2004.
The following table shows companies that were bought and sold by the Consumers Water Company:
|Kankakee||IL||Kankakee Water Company||1926|
|Orono||ME||Penobscot County Water Company||1926||Sold to Orono-Veazie Water District in November 1976|
|Sharon||PA||Shenango Valley Water Company||1926|
|Masury||OH||Masury Water Co||1926|
|Beaver Falls||PA||Beaver Valley Water Company||1926|
|Delaware||OH||Delaware Water Co||1927||Sold to city of Delaware on October 29, 1936|
|Girardville||PA||Consumers Water Company of Girardville||1927|
|York Shore||ME||York Shore Water Co||1927||Sold to York Water District in 1929|
|Plattsmouth||NE||Plattsmouth Water Corp.||1928||Sold to city of Plattsmouth in 1943|
|Hudson||NH||Hudson Water Co.||1930||Sold to town of Hudson in 1998|
|Waterport||ME||Winterport Water Co.||1930||Sold to Winterport Water District in 1969|
|Freeport||ME||Freeport Water Co.||1930||Sold to Connecticut Water Service, Inc. in January, 2012.|
|Roanoke||VA||Roanoke Water Works Co||1930||Sold to the city of Roanoke on April 30, 1938|
|Springfield||MO||Springfield City Water Company||1930||Sold to the city of Springfield on December 30, 1957|
|Camden & Rockland||ME||Camden & Rockland Water Co||1959||Sold to Connecticut Water Service, Inc. in January, 2012.|
|Newport||ME||Newport Water Company||1963||Sold to Newport Water District in 1980.
|Wilton||ME||Wilton Water Company||1964||Sold to Wilton Water District in 1983.
|Wiscasset||ME||Wiscasset Water Company||1964||Sold to Connecticut Water Service, Inc. in January, 2012.|
|Damariscotta||ME||Damariscotta Water Co.||1964||October 30, 1994|
|Hamilton Square||NJ||Hamilton Square||1965|
|Wanakah||NY||Wanakah Water Co||1965|
|Oakland||ME||Oakland Water Co.||1968||Sold to Connecticut Water Service, Inc. in January, 2012.|
|Sayre||PA||Pennsylvania Water Co||1968|
|Phillipsburg||PA||People's Water Co of Phillipsburg||1968
|Kezar Falls||ME||Kezar Falls||1971||Sold to Connecticut Water Service, Inc.
in January, 2012.
|Massillon and others||OH||Ohio Water Service Co||1973|
|University Park||IL||University Park Division||1984|
|Shamokin||PA||Roaring Creek Water Company||1985|
|Danville||IL||Inter-State Water Company||1986|
|Woodhaven||IL||Woodhaven Utilities Company||1987|
|Califon||NJ||Califon Water Company||1987|
|Candlewick Lane Association||IL||Candlewick water system||1988|
|Hartland||ME||Hartland Water Co||1996||Sold to Connecticut Water Service, Inc. in January, 2012.|
|Bucksport||ME||Bucksport Water Co.||1996||Sold to Connecticut Water Service, Inc. in January, 2012.|
|Merger||PA||Mercer Water Co||1996|
||NJ||Lakeland Hospital water system||1995|
|Rapho Township||PA||Rapho Township water system||1994|
1979 Consumers Water Company Annual Report
1983 "A Brief History of Consumers Water Company," by Brian M. Mullany, Water: Voice of the National Association of Water Companies 24(4):28-31 (Winter, 1983)
1984 Eighteen Years of Progress: The History of Consumers Water Company Under the Direction of John W.L. White
1986 Consumers Water Company Annual Report
1988 Consumers Water Company Annual Report
1988 Consumers Water Company: Not Just Another Utility, John Van C. Parker
1994 SEC Form 10-K for Consumers Water Company, December 31, 1994
1996 SEC Form 10-K for Consumers Water Company, December 31, 1996
Water Company History
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