Documentary History of American Water-works

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Pacific States
Hawaii Honolulu

Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu was incorporated in 1907.

The first waterworks were proposed in 1838 and were in operation by 1847 to supply water for shipping.  The Territory of Hawaii expanded the system, and sold the works to the City and County of Honolulu on June 30, 1914 for $1,141,031 with payments to be made over 30 years beginning in 1916..

Water is supplied by the City and County of Honolulu.  Their web site has a water system history.

1850 "American Water Pipes," Scientific American 5:372 (July 12, 1851)
It is stated in the latest intelligence received from the Sandwich Islands, that one hundred tons of water pipes, cement and other appliances for conducting pure water from the valley into the city of Honolulu, have been received by a recent arrival from Boston.

1909 An act to provide for the maintenance, extension and improvement and payment of the cost of the Honolulu Water and Sewer Works.  April 21, 1909.

1909 An act to amend section 553 of the revised laws relating to the Honolulu Water Works.  April 23, 1909.

1913 An act relating to the Honolulu Water and Sewer Works and repealing former laws relating thereto.  April 29, 1913.

1913 An act to amend Section 8 of an act entitled, "An act relating to the Honolulu Water and Sewer Works and repealing former laws relating thereto," passed by the legislature of 1913.  April 29, 1913.

1913 "History of the Honolulu Water Works from its inception in 1847 to December 31, 1913," from Report of the Superintendent of Public Works to the Governor of the Territory of Hawaii for the year ending June 30, 1913.

1915 "Honolulu's Water Supply" presented by Arthur C. Alexander before the Social Service Association on May 10, 1915;

1929 "History of the Water Works," Appendix D in Honolulu Sewer and Water Commission Report for 1929 

1948 The conservation, development, and protection of the water resources of the Honolulu urban area : A staff report, by the Honolulu Board of Water Supply

1951 An Early History of Honolulu's Water System, by George F. Neilist.

1962 "Honolulu," from Public Water Supplies of the 100 Largest Cities in the United States, 1962, US Geological Survey Water Supply Paper 1812, by Charles Norman Durfor and Edith Becker

Constitution and Statutes of the Hawaiian Kingdom, includes about 25 statutes relating to the Honolulu water works.

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