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  First Waterworks Created
Category:  Planning and Development
Brief Description:  Two entrepreneurs, J.C. Wilson and Abraham Fox, used a subsidy from the City to buy the small water station at Ashley and Collins Streets in 1831. They intended to use the site as a reservoir and pumping station. Service began the following year. Even with subsidies from the city, Wilson and Fox could not turn a profit, so they sold their share of the waterworks to the City. Water supply never came close to demand until the city finally upgraded its system in 1843. Even then, demand quickly increased, so capacity had to increase as well, leading to completion of another reservoir in 1855.
Year:  1831
Decade:  1830 - 1839
Beginning Date:    1831
Ending Date:     Jan. 01, 1849



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