On February 23, 1816, the York Water Company was incorporated. In 1896, York was a booming industrial community. The increasing industrial discharge of waste into the West Branch of the Codorus was polluting the water to such an extent that it was becoming unfit to drink. The only solution at the time was to find a purer source and in 1896 the Company constructed a larger pumping station at Brillhart Station. This ideal location was upstream of the confluence of the West and South Branches and was located along a railroad track that was capable of providing coal for the steam-operated pumps.

In 1954, due to the need to store more water for the post-war industrial community of York, an expanded supply was needed. Four-foot tall bascule gates were ordered from the York factory of S. Morgan Smith (now Voith Siemens). These gates increased the capacity of Lake Williams from 600 million gallons to 800 million gallons.

In 2004, due to the continued growth of the community, an additional supply was developed that took advantage of the greatest source of water in the eastern United States: The Susquehanna River. The pump station and 15-mile pipeline can deliver up to 12 million gallons of water per day.

Currently, the company operates entirely within its franchised territory, which covers 51 municipalities within York, Adams, and Franklin Counties, Pennsylvania. The Company is regulated by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, or PPUC, in the areas of billing, payment procedures, dispute processing, terminations, service territory, and rate setting.

Water service is supplied through the Company’s own distribution system. The Company obtains its water supply from the south branch and east branch of the Codorus Creek, which drains an area of approximately 117 square miles. The Company has two reservoirs, Lake Williams and Lake Redman, which together hold up to 2.23 billion gallons of water. The Company’s present average daily consumption is nearly 20 million gallons, and its present average daily availability is approximately 35 million gallons.

According to en.Wikipedia; yorkwater.com. Source of photo: internet