|Introduction||Historical Background||Chronology||Geography||Biography||Technology||Ownership and Financing||General Bibliography|
Most early water works were owned by private companies, but over time cities bought these systems or built their own. The following systems were owned by a public entity, which was usually a village, city, or town. This list does not includes many small systems used for fire protection, or those that purchased water from another entity, either public or private.
|2||1802||Beaver Borough||PA||Costs paid by general taxes, no charge for water.
|9||1823||New Orleans||LA||City bought uncompleted Latrobe system in 1821 and operated it
from 1823 until the Commercial Bank started up a new system in 1836.
|12||1829||Lynchburg||VA||Town built new system to replace inadequate private works.
|16||1833||Murfreesboro||TN||First system used a horse to draw barrels of water to an elevated reservoir, which was abandoned after a short time.|
|19||1835||Columbia||SC||The City bought the system that Abram Blanding had built, but
apparently never paid him for it.
|20||1835||St. Louis||MO||The City bought the system built by John C. Wilson and Abraham Fox|
|22||1836||Frederick||MD||City bought Frederick Water Company at a Sheriff's Auction.
|23||1836||Detroit||MI||City purchased the Detroit Hydraulic Company.|
|26||1839||Cincinnati||OH||City purchased the Cincinnati Water Company.|
|30||1842||New York City||NY||Built Croton Aqueduct to supply the city, did not buy the existing
Manhattan Company System.
|33||1844||Northern Liberties||PA||Spring Garden and Northern Liberties built
their own water works in 1844 to avoid paying the high costs offered
by Philadelphia. This system was consolidated into the City of
Philadelphia in 1854.
|38||1848||Boston||MA||City built Cochituate Aqueduct to supply the city and bought the
|39||1848||Worcester||MA||City purchased the Worcester Aqueduct Company.|
|41||1850||Albany||NY||Bought the Albany Water Works Company.
|42||1851||Kensington||PA||Kensington built its own water works in 1851 as the supply from
Spring Garden was inadequate. To Philadelphia in 1854.
|45||1852||Madison||IN||City purchased the Madison and Clifton Water Works.|
|50||1854||Chicago||IL||Built new system, bought the existing Chicago Hydraulic Company works.|
|51||1854||Baltimore||MD||City bought the Baltimore Water Company.
|54||1855||Plymouth||MA||Town purchased the Plymouth Aqueduct.|
|55||1856||Pittsfield||MA||The Pittsfield Fire District built a system which was acquired by
the city in 1892. This was the first system built by a special
|58||1857||Rutland||VT||The Rutland Water Company was leased by the Village of Rutland for
one thousand years.
|59||1857||Petersburg||VA||The city built a new system; did not buy the Petersburg Aqueduct Corporation.|
|60||1857||Cohoes||NY||The city built new works and bought the
works of the Cohoes Company.
|62||1858||Huntsville||AL||The city bought the system built by Hunter Peel and expanded by
Dr. Thomas Fearn.
|64||1858||Brooklyn||NY||City acquired the Nassau Water Company, which was building works.
|65||1859||Georgetown||DC||City distributed water from the Washington Aqueduct|
|66||1859||Washington||DC||City distributed water from the Washington Aqueduct.
|67||1859||Trenton||NJ||City bought the Trenton Water Works Company.|
|68||1860||Newark||NJ||City purchased the property of the Newark Aqueduct Company.|
|71||1862||Winchester||CT||Merged with the town of Winsted in 1915.
|73||1865||Cambridge||MA||City bought the Cambridge Water Works Company.
|74||1865||Reading||PA||City bought the Reading Water Company.|
|75||1865||Chattanooga||TN||Built by the Union Army in 1865, sold to a private company around
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