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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The Beginnings of the Water Supply System in the Village of Pelham Manor

A brief report that appeared in The Manual of American Water-Works published in 1892 sheds some light on the origins of the municipal water delivery system in the Village of Pelham Manor. The Village of Pelham Manor was incorporated in 1891. On March 1, 1891, construction began on a municipal water system in conjunction with a "sewers and street improvements" project. The brief report describing these developments, followed by a citation to its source, appears immediately below.

"140. PELHAM MANOR, Westchester Co. (Pop. of town in '80, 2,540.) History. - Construction begun Mar. 1, '91, by Pelham Heights Co., in connection with sewers and street improvements; to be completed by Nov. 1, '92. Engrs., J. F. Fairchild and G. H. Eldridge. Contrs., Fogg & Scribner, Mt. Vernon. Supply. - New Rochelle Water Co.'s works. Distribution. - Mains, 8 to 4-in. c. i., about 6 miles; from R. D. Wood & Co., Philadelphia. Hydrants, 35 Financial. - Cap. stock: authorized, $350,000. Management. - Prest., Benj. Fairchild, Pelhamville. Secy. and Treas., Paul Gorham, 155 Broadway. Report by C. E. Fogg. July 31, '91."

Source: Baker, M. N., ed., Third Annual Issue. - The Manual of American Water-Works Compiled From Special Returns 1891, p. 86 (NY, NY: Engineering News Publishing Co. 1892).

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