Documentary History of American Water-works

Introduction Historical Background Chronology Geography Biography Technology Ownership and Financing General Bibliography
Pacific States
California Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California

Santa Cruz was incorporated as a town in 1866 and as a city in 1876.

The first water works were built in 1859 by Elihu Anthony.

The Santa Cruz Water Company built another water system in 1876, which was merged into the first system.

The city of Santa Cruz bought the water system in 1891.

Water is provided by the City of Santa Cruz.

1864 "Santa Cruz Water-Works!" Santa Cruz Weekly Sentinel, October 15, 1864, Page 2.

1865 An Act to authorize Elihu Anthony and F.A. Hihn and others to lay down and maintain Water Pipes in the streets of the Town of Santa Cruz.  December 27, 1865.

1882 Santa Cruz, Engineering News, 10:52  (February 3, 1883)

1888 "Santa Cruz," from Manual of American Water Works, Volume 1.

1890 "Santa Cruz," from Manual of American Water Works, Volume 2.

1891 "Santa Cruz," from Manual of American Water Works, Volume 3.

1892 History of Santa Cruz County, California, by Edward Sanford Harrison
Pages 216-217:  Santa Cruz City Water System
Page 228:  Elihu Anthony first water works

1897 "Santa Cruz," from Manual of American Water Works, Volume 4.

1937 "Elihu Anthony, Pioneer of 1847 was God Fearing Man and Santa Cruz' First Progressive Business Leader," Santa Cruz News, January 2, 1937, Page 9.
Water Pipes were Logs.  On Saturday, December 24 - this was in 1859, the water was turned into the new system.  Out of a three-quarter inch nozzle it threw a stream thirty feet into the air.
System Served Until 1876.  Early water rates.

1999 "Santa Cruz water works controversy spouts in 1885," Santa Cruz Sentinel, January 17, 1999, Page 2.

Santa Cruz Water System Timeline

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