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New Jersey Harrison

Harrison, New Jersey

Harrison was incorporated as a township in 1840 and as a town in 1869.

The Harrison Aqueduct Company was incorporated in 1864 with Josiah Conley, Hiram W. Davis, Hiram Gilbert, George McLaughlin, Theodore F. Randolph, Abraham W. Duryee, James Lynch, John Van Vorst, John B. Drayton, Garret D. Van Reipen, Joshua I. Benson, John Bates and Stephen K. Joralemon appointed as commissioners to sell stock "to bring and convey into the town of Harrison and its vicinity, by means of pipes, conduits, forcing-pumps or other machinery, water from the Passaic river, or from some spring or springs."  No evidence has been found that this company built anything.

The town of Harrison built a system in 1886 that purchases water from Jersey City.  The town purchased water from other companies in later years, and was buying water from the Passaic Valley Water Company in 1940 when it was acquired by the Passaic Valley Water Commission.

Water is distributed by the Town of Harrison, and supplied by the Passaic Valley Water Commission.


References
1864 An act to incorporate the Harrison Aqueduct Company.  April 14, 1864.

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

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

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







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