Municipal Archives

​Dallas Water Heater Hearing Proceedings and Report, 1939

​Collection 1991-054


Office of the City Secretary
Dallas Municipal Archives
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South
Dallas, Texas 75201​
CreatorCity of Dallas
TitleDallas Water Heater Hearing Proceedings and Report 
Quantity0.21 linear feet
AbstractOne bound volume of typescript proceedings and one bound typescript report supplemented by graphs and charts. 
LanguageRecords are in English
Scope and Content

Collection documents a public hearing held March 9, 1939, before the Dallas City Council to investigate complaints about water heaters being damaged by water delivered by the City of Dallas.  Mr. S. Austin Weir, attorney, represented a group of petitioners who felt that Dallas water was not chemically treated sufficiently to prevent accelerated rusting of water heaters.  Two experts in the chemistry field, Dr. Eugene P. Schoch of the University of Texas at Austin, and Dr. Arthur H. Hartsook of Rice University, were asked for their professional opinions on water treatment and metal pipe corrosion.  According to the summary and conclusions of the City's report, "none of the major allegations...was sustained either in whole or in part by factual evidence or scientific testimony at the hearing...much of the testimony of the complainants' own scientist representative, Dr. Hartsook, tended to refute other testimony..." 

Collection consists of one bound set of the public hearing transcripts and the summary report and conclusions reached following the hearing.  These copies are the set that was placed in the City Secretary's Office. 


The collection is arranged by subject.


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Index Terms

Dallas -- Texas -- History
Dallas (Tex.). Water Utilities Dept.
Texas -- History
Water treatment plants --Texas -- Dallas

Container List

BoxFolder​​Title, Date
11Water Heater Hearing, March 9, 1939, City Hall, Dallas Texas
​2Report on Water Heaters in Dallas, Texas, 1939