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Middle Atlantic States Pennsylvania Mahanoy City

Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania

Mahanoy City was incorporated as a borough in 1863.

The Mahanoy City Water Company was incorporated on February 15, 1866, probably by E. S. Silliman, Sr., G. F. Wiggan and H. M. Parmley.

The water company was purchased by the new Inland Utilities, Inc. in 1929, which was merged into the Southeastern Gas and Electric Co. in 1931.

The Mahanoy Township Water Authority was incorporated on September 23, 1940 and bought the Mahanoy City Water Company in October, 1942.  The Borough of Mahanoy City was vehemently opposed to this action.

Water is provided by the Mahanoy Township Authority.


References
1882 Mahanoy City, from Engineering News, 9:58 (February 8, 1882)

1882 Mahanoy City from "The Water-Supply of Certain Cities and Towns of the United States," by Walter G. Elliot, C. E., Ph. D.

1888 "Mahanoy City," from Manual of American Water Works, Volume 1.

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

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

1892 "The Dam Burst - A Night of Terror and Destruction," The Tri-Weekly Record (Mahanoy City. Pennsylvania), June 18, 1892

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

1929 "Consolidate Eleven Utility Companies in the East," Chicago Tribune, June 22, 1929, Page 3.
Inland Utilities formed to own water gas and water companies, including Mahanoy City Water Company.

1933 History of Mahanoy City
The Mahanoy City Water Company was organized in February 1866 at 44 N. Main Street. The first owners of the Company were: E. S. Silliman, Sr., G. F. Wiggan and H. M. Parmley. In June 1929 the Company was sold by the descendants of the first owners to the Inland Utilities. At a later period, 1931, it was made a part of the Southeastern Gas and Water Company, the present owners.
The town has two sources of water supply, Gravity system and Pumping system. The Gravity system is situated two and one half miles north of town, and is made up of four reservoirs and two feeder basins with a total capacity of 83,,000,000 gallons.
# 1 Reservoir has a capacity of 10,599,991 gallons and is 1695 feet above sea level.
# 2 Reservoir has a capacity of 21,817,716 gallons and is 1687 feet above sea level.
# 3 Reservoir has a capacity of 4,987,230 gallons and is 1687 feet above sea level.
# 4 Reservoir has a capacity of 34,602,480 gallons and is 1710 feet above sea level.

1941 "Start Mandamus in Mahanoy Water Case," Pottsville Republican, May 10, 1941, Page 7.
Council would force Burgess to sign order.  Refuses to okay purchase of water works, after veto is overridden.

1941 "To Fight Water Co. Purchase," Pottsville Republican, June 21, 1941, Page 9.

1942 "Complete Water Company Sale," Pottsville Republican, October 23, 1942, Page 6.
The sale of the Mahanoy City Water Company to the Mahanoy Township Water Authority has been culminated, and the purchase made from the Southeastern Gas and Water Company for $780,000.




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