Documentary History of American Water-works

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New England States Maine Orono

Orono, Maine

Orono was first settled in 1774.

The first aqueduct was built in Stillwater Village in the late 1830s by the Stillwater Aqueduct Corporation.

The Brewer Water Company was organized on April 27, 1883 and built a water system that served Brewer, Orono, and other communities.

The Public Service Company was incorporated March 19, 1891 and acquired the Brewer Water Company.

At some point the system was acquired by the Penobscot County Water Company, but the formation of this company and this particular transaction have not been found.

The Penobscot County Water Company was acquired by the Consumers Water Company in 1926.

The Orono-Veazie Water District was formed in 1969 and again in 1971 to take over the water system serving Orono and Veazie, but the legislation was flawed and was fixed in 1976, and the aquistion was accomplished in November of that year.

Water is provided by the Orono-Veazie Water District.

1837 Report on the Petition that he may be incorporated by the name of the Stillwater Aqueduct Corporation and remonstrance of William Colburn Jr. and others. 108-27

1841 Portland Weekly Advertiser, May 4, 1841, Page 3.
Collector's Notice - Stillwater Village Corporation.  Elijah Webster - The Aqueduct in Stillwater Village, Value $500.

1874 Centennial celebration, and dedication of town hall, Orono, Maine, March 3, 1874
Page 88:   Charles Thompson Haley, who projected and built the aqueduct by which a part of the village was supplied with water from Colburn's ridge. 

1889 An act to grant certain powers, and to make valid certain acts of the Brewer Water Company.  March 1, 1889.

1891 An act to ratify and confirm the organization of Public Works Company, an to give said company additional powers.  March 31, 1891.

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

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

1909 Public Supplies. Orono. "Underground Waters of Southern Maine," by Frederick G. Clapp, USGS Water Supply Paper 223, Page 191.

1941 An act authorizing Penobscot County Water Company to obtain and maintain a supply of water for its corporate purposes.  February 28, 1941.

1969 An act to create the Orono-Veazie Water District.  October 1, 1969.

1971 An act to create the Orono-Veazie Water District.  September 23, 1971.

1975 Orono-Veazie Water District. v. Penobscot County Water Company, 348 A.2d 249

1976 An act concerning the Charter of the Orono-Veazie Water District.  March 10, 1976.

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