Documentary History of American Water-works

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Middle Atlantic States Pennsylvania Pottstown

Pottstown, Pennsylvania

Pottstown was incorporated as a borough in 1815.

The Pottstown Gas and Water Company was incorporated in 1869 and built a system in 1870 that pumped water from the Schuylkill River into a reservoir with a steam engine.

The borough began an effort to buy the water company in 1939, and finally took over the system on September 18, 1947 for $1,345,000.

The Pottstown Borough Authority was incorporated on January 4, 1950.  The borough's water works were transferred to the authority on July 21, 1963.

Water is provided by the Pottstown Borough Authority, which is apparently operated by the Borough of Pottstown.

1869 An act to incorporate the Pottstown Gas and Water Company.  April 2, 1869.

1871 A Supplement to an act relative to the Pottstown Gas and Water Company, approved April second, one thousand eight hundred and sixty-nine.  May 16, 1871.

1882 Pottstown, from Engineering News, 9:91 (March 18, 1882)

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

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

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

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

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

1947 "Transfer of Water Company Stock Ordered by Court Injunction' Deal is set for today," The Mercury (Pottstown, Pennsylvania), September 18, 1947, Page 1.
Transferred to the borough for $1,345,000.

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