Municipal Archives


Dallas Water Utilities Records, 1890-1993

​Collection 1991-060

Overview

Repository
Office of the City Secretary
Dallas Municipal Archives
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South
Dallas, Texas 75201
CreatorDallas Water Utilities
TitleDallas Water Utilities Records
Dates1890-1993, 1882-1990 [Addition], 1886-1999 [Addition]
Quantity2.3 linear feet, 20.43 linear feet [1882-1990 Addition], 33.5 linear feet [1886-1999 Addition]
AbstractMaterials documenting the history of Dallas Water Utilities.
Identification1991-060
LanguageRecords are in English


Scope and Content

Collection consists of reports and studies, correspondence and memoranda, statistical data, maps and plans, ephemera, newspaper clippings, negatives, photographs, and printed materials from the City of Dallas Water Works (now Dallas Water Utilities).

Collection documents the history, development, and operations of Dallas Water Utilities (DWU), the self-financed City of Dallas department responsible for water collection and distribution.   DWU serves a population of approximately 1,211,000 customers in Dallas, 862,457 in wholesale custo mers cities (treated water), and 129,993 in wholesale customer cities (untreated water) in a service area of approximately 699 square miles. Dallas’ surface water supply comes from five reservoirs – Lakes Lewisville, Grapevine, Ray Hubbard, Tawakoni, and Ray Roberts. Water purification is conducted at three plants, East Side, Elm Fork, and Bachman, treating around 855 million gallons a day.  Water is distributed by means of 23 pump stations and stored in 21 storage tanks (nine elevated, twelve ground) and conveyed through  4,639 miles of water main. Wastewater is treated at two plants, Central and Southside, at 260 million gallons a day.
 
Dallas Water Utilities began as the City of Dallas Waterworks in 1881 when the City purchased a privately-owned water company that had been providing Dallas with water since the 1870s.  When Browder Springs proved an inadequate water source, The City turned to surface water sources such as the Trinity River and manmade lakes (Bachman [1903]; White Rock [1913]; Lakes Lewisville [1929]; Lake Grapevine [1952]; Lake Tawakoni [1963]; Lake Ray Hubbard [1970]; Lake Ray Roberts [1980]; Lake Fork [2009]; and Lake Palestine [2015]). 

1882-1990 [Addition]

The collection contains gelatin silver prints, negatives, positive transparencies (including 2x2 slides), photographic albums, and moving image material in a number of different formats. Within the physical arrangement items were organized into broad subjects such as water sources, facilities, distribution and construction activities, and personnel. Original order was maintained wherever found, though approximately 80% of the Water Utilities materials have an imposed arrangement.  

The bulk of the collection documents the construction and operations of DWU facilities, water distribution,  construction  and  replacement,  water  apparatus,  and  DWU  employees.  Especially significant materials in the collection include views of the Dallas floods of 1908 and 1935, a 1924-25 survey documenting pollution in the Trinity River, and many incidental city views. Virtually all of the collection relates to Dallas Water Utilities, though a few images depict water treatment and delivery systems in Houston, Irving, facilities outside of Texas, and outside the United States.  

1886-1999 [Addition]

Unpublished reports and studies, correspondence and memoranda, statistical data, maps and plans, ephemera, newspaper clippings, and printed materials.

Collection documents the history, development, and operations of Dallas Water Utilities (DWU), the self-financed City of Dallas department responsible for water collection and distribution. DWU serves a population of approximately 1,211,000 customers in Dallas, 862,457 in wholesale customers cities (treated water), and 129,993 in wholesale customer cities (untreated water) in a service area of approximately 699 square miles. Dallas’ surface water supply comes from five reservoirs – Lakes Lewisville, Grapevine, Ray Hubbard, Tawakoni, and Ray Roberts. Water purification is conducted at three plants, East Side, Elm Fork, and Bachman, treating around 855 million gallons a day. Water is distributed by means of 23 pump stations and stored in 21 storage tanks (nine elevated, twelve ground) and conveyed through 4,639 miles of water main. Wastewater is treated at two plants, Central and Southside, at 260 million gallons a day.

Dallas Water Utilities began as the City of Dallas Waterworks in 1881 when the City purchased a privately-owned water company that had been providing Dallas with water since the 1870s. When Browder Springs proved an inadequate water source, The City turned to surface water sources such as the Trinity River and manmade lakes (Bachman [1903]; White Rock [1913]; Lakes Lewisville [1929]; Lake Grapevine [1952]; Lake Tawakoni [1963]; Lake Ray Hubbard [1970]; Lake Ray Roberts [1980]; Lake Fork [2009]; and Lake Palestine [2015]).

The bulk of the collection is original documents, though approximately 30% of the collection is photocopied material. Original order was maintained in series judged to be intact, but parts of the collection required an imposed arrangement.

Organization

The original collection is arranged chronologically.  

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The 1882-1990 [Addition] is arranged first by the following subjects and second by date:
Prints:  Groundwater sources
Prints:  Dams
Prints: Wastewater Treatment Plants
Water Purification Plants
Pump Stations
Wells, Elevated Tanks, Vehicles, and Equipment
Construction and replacement
Wastewater collection
Dallas Water Utilities offices, service buildings, and divisions
Property Documentation
Non-Dallas Facilities

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The 1886-1999 [Addition] is arranged first by the following subjects and second by date:
Water and Wastewater Operations
Facilities
Distribution and Collection
Capital Improvement Operations
Reports and Studies
Legal Materials
Dallas City Council Water-Related Records
Historical Data
Annual Reports
Vouchers and Accounting 
Payroll and Time Reporting Records
Administrative Correspondence and Personnel Records
Published Materials
Oversized Scrapbooks [press clippings] 

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Access

Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use by any and all other current or future developed methods or procedures must be obtained in writing from the Dallas Municipal Archives. All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards.

Citation

Dallas Water Utilities Records (Box <x>, Folder <y>), Dallas Municipal Archives

Related Materials

None

Index Terms

Dallas -- Texas – History
Dallas (Tex.). Water Utilities Dept. -- History
Water Supply -- Dallas (Tex.) – History

Container List [Original collection 1890-1993]

BoxFolderTitle, Date
11Report presented by the Water Commissioner concerning Chattanooga Foundry and Pipe Company,  May 31, 1890
 2Chattanooga Foundry and Pipe Works, pipe orders, 1890
 3Receipts for pipe purchases, Chattanooga Foundry for Houston Texas & Central Railway, April 10, 1890
 4Letter and receipt of note for payment, Chattanooga Foundry and Pipe Works June 20, 1890
 5Annual Report of the Chairman of Water Commissioner, April 30, 1904
21Water Supply Report by R. T. Hill, 1923 (bound volume)
 2Water Supply Committee Report, 1920
 3Committee of Engineers on Water Supply, April 28, 1923
 4Water Supply Report by R. T. Hill, Part II, 1923
 5Report of Special Committee by W. J. Powell, recommending construction of White Rock Reservoir, 1909
 6W. J. Powell file, 1922-23
 7Additional water supply from Dallas Elm Fork, Denton Creek, and Clear Creek by W J. Powell, 1921
 8Mountain Creek Reservoir, 1923
 9Report on Dallas Water Supply, T. U. Taylor, 1921
 10Report on Dallas Water Supply, W. J. Powe11, 1921
 11Report on Investigation for an additional water supply by J. C. Nagle and R. A. Thompson, January 17, 1924
3 Hill Report Charts and Mechanical Analysis, c. 1923
41Accounts Receivable in Suspense and In Profit and Loss to be abated, 1930-1938
 2Items in Suspense to be abated, 1930-1931
 3Items in Suspense to be abated, 1932-September 30, 1934
 4Items in Suspense to be abated, October 1, 1934-December 31, 1935
 5Items in Suspense to be abated, 1936
51Design Manual for Storm Drainage Facilities, Public Works, n. d. possibly, 1964
 2Report on Project Management for Dallas Water Utilities, 1979
 3Dallas Water Utilities Water Treatment Study for Dallas, 1982
61Brochures, flyers
 2Bachman Water Treatment Plant, 1988
 3"Bench Marks" - Survey and Mapping, 1985
 4Wildflowers Planting Guide
 5News & Views, four issues, July 1987-June 1988
 6News & Views, three issues, December 1991-February 1992
 7Natural Beautification - A guide to native, adopted and drought tolerant plants
 8Dallas Water Utilities, Annual Report 1987
71Clean Water, c. 1985-1986
 2Central Wastewater Treatment Plant and Adjoining Areas - Flood Protection Study, June 1991
 3Water Purification Division Annual Report, 1981-1982
 4Dallas Water Utilities Annual Report, 1984
 5Dallas Water Utilities Annual Report, 1985
 6Research Program Annual Report, 1985
 7Dallas Water Utilities Annual Report, 1986
 8Dallas Water Utilities Annual Report, 1986
 9Dallas Water Utilities Annual Report, 1987
 10Dallas Water Utilities Annual Report, 1988
 11Dallas Water Utilities Annual Report, 1993

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Container List [1882-1990 [Addition]

BoxFolderTitle, Date
  Prints:  Groundwater sources
11Trinity River [including Elm Fork]
 2Trinity River flood, 1908
 3Trinity River flood, 1908
 4Trinity River flood, 1935
 5Trinity River – Elm Fork flood, 1935
 6Trinity River – Pollution, 1938
 7Trinity River – Elm Fork salt water problem, 1940
 8Lake Lewisville [Lake Dallas], 1925-1950 and undated
 9Lake Lewisville – Fishtrap Road construction, 1935
 10Lake Lewisville – Lake Dallas school toilets, undated
 11Lake Lewisville – flood, 1935
 12Lake Lewisville – Texas Transient Bureau [Labor], Ca. 1934
 13Lake Ray Hubbard, 1964, 1975-1979 and undated
 14Lake Ray Hubbard – highway relocations, undated
22Lake Worth, undated
 3White Rock Lake – dredging, undated
 4White Rock Lake – flood, Greenville Avenue and Interstate highway, April 1966
 5Willow Lake – infrared hydraulic analysis, undated
 6Browder Springs, 1914
 7Bachman Creek, November 1977
 8Grapevine Creek, November 1977
 9Joe's Creek, November 1977
 10Turtle Creek, 1981 and undated
 11Williamson Creek, 1956
 12Jim Miller Reservoir, 1981
 13Sunset Reservoir, 1950-1951
 14Tawakoni Balancing Reservoir (Interim), 1963 and undated
 15Walcrest Reservoir, 1952-1972 and undated
  Prints: Dams
31Bachman Lake forebay dam, 1940, 1974
 2California Crossing Dam, 1907-1977
 3Carrollton Dam, 1916-1978 and undated
 4Forney Dam, 1963-1975 and undated
 5Forney Dam – site pre-construction, 1968
 6Frazier Dam, 1929, 1977-1978 and undated
 7Frazier Dam – flood, 12/14/1971
 8Garza Dam (Lake Lewisville) construction, 1924
 9Iron Bridge Dam and Spillway (Lake Tawakoni), 1954-1963 and undated
 10Lake Fork Dam, undated
 11Lewisville Dam, 1954 and undated
 12Record Crossing Dam, 1912
 13White Rock Lake Dam and Spillway, 1930-1935 and undated
 14White Rock Lake Dam and Spillway – flood, 1962
  Prints: Wastewater Treatment Plants
41Central Wastewater Treatment Plant construction, 1915
 2Central Wastewater Treatment Plant Imhoff tanks, 1915-1916
 3Central Wastewater Treatment Plant extension progress photos, 1936
 4Central Wastewater Treatment Plant addition, 1963-1964
 5Central Wastewater Treatment Plant, 1973
 6Central Wastewater Treatment Plant, 1974
 7Central Wastewater Treatment Plant, 1975
 8Central Wastewater Treatment Plant, 1947-1982 and undated
 9Central Wastewater Treatment Plant sludge digester, ca. 1975
 10Central Wastewater Treatment Plant incinerator, ca. 1925 and undated
 11Central Wastewater Treatment Plant White Rock Plant, 1951-1954
 12Central Wastewater Treatment Plant White Rock Plant, 1955-1974 and undated
 13Central Wastewater Treatment Plant defect documentation of contractor's work, Lake Dallas and White Rock Plants, 1963
51Central Wastewater Treatment Plant Demonstration Plant dedication, 1969
 2Central Wastewater Treatment Plant Demonstration Plant and laboratories, 1973-78
 3Central Wastewater Treatment Plant Demonstration Plant, 1969-1972 and undated
 4Central Wastewater Treatment Plant Demonstration Plant, 1969-1973 and undated
 5Southside Wastewater Treatment Plant, 1967-1975 and undated
 6Pleasant Grove Wastewater Treatment Plant, 1949-1951
  Water Purification Plants
61Bachman Water Purification Plant construction, 1929-1930 [annotated exhibits A-Q]
 2Bachman Water Purification Plant construction, 1929-1930
 3Bachman Water Purification Plant construction, 1929-1930
 4Bachman Water Purification Plant, 1929-1976
 5Bachman Water Purification Plant extensions, 1948-1949
 6Bachman Water Purification Plant, 1950-1953
 7Bachman Water Purification Plant, 1935-1968
 8Bachman Water Purification Plant Bachman Intake, 1929, 1967-1972
 9Bachman Water Purification Plant, December 1990
 10Bachman Water Purification Plant, undated
 11Carrollton Water Purification Plant [Pilot Plant], 1972, 1977
71Eastside Water Purification Plant, 1955-1968
 2Eastside Water Purification Plant, 1963-1968
 3Eastside Water Purification Plant Chemical Building tour 7/18/1963
 4Eastside Water Purification Plant dedication, 7/31/1964
 5Eastside Water Purification Plant tree planting, 3/17/1966
 6Eastside Water Purification Plant, 1970-1972
 7Eastside Water Purification Plant, 1976-1979
 8Eastside Water Purification Plant, 1979-1983
 9Eastside Water Purification Plant goat project, 1986
 10Eastside Water Purification Plant, undated
 11Eastside Water Purification Plant, undated
81Elm Fork Water Purification Plant construction, 1951-1952
 2Elm Fork Water Purification Plant, 1952-1959
 3Elm Fork Water Purification Plant, 1960-1969
 4Elm Fork Water Purification Plant, 1970-1980
 5Elm Fork Water Purification Plant basin under construction, 1966
 6Elm Fork Water Purification Plant Elm Fork intake, 1965, 1990
 7Elm Fork Water Purification Plant basement, 1983
 8Elm Fork Water Purification Plant, undated
 9Turtle Creek Water Purification Plant, 1913, 1931
 10White Rock Lake Water Purification Plant loose album pages, 1926
 11White Rock Lake Water Purification Plant, 1952 and undated
  Pump Stations
91Alta Mesa Pump Station, undated
 2Bachman Pump Station, 1910-1977 and undated
 3Bachman Pump Station number 2LL pump, 12/21/1984
 4Bachman Pump Station number 3LL pump, 12/24/1984
 5Beltwood Pump Station, 1963-1965 and undated
 6Burning Tree Pump Station, 1980
 7Cadiz Street Pump Station, 1916-1965
 8Casa View Pump Station, 1965 and undated
 9Cosa Crest Pump Station, 1979 and undated
 10Dixon Branch Pump Station, 1954-1980
 11East Dallas Waterworks (first pumping facility), undated
 12Elm Fork Pump Station, 1951-1970
 13Fair Park Pump Station, undated
 14Forney Pump Station, 1963-1979 and undated
 15Greenville Avenue Pump Station, 1952-1978 and undated
 16Hillcrest Pump Station, undated
 17Iron Bridge Pump Station, 1960-1963 and undated
 18Jim Miller Pump Station, 1979-1981 and undated
 19Lake June Pump Station, 1960-1977 and undated
101Lancaster Street Pump Station, 1912 and undated
 2Record Crossing Pump Station, 1912 and undated
 3Red River Pump Station (including runoff), 1953-1955 and undated
 4South Cliff Pump Station, 1958-1964 and undated
 5Sunset Pump Station, 1952 and undated
 6Turtle Creek Pump Station, 1907-1953 and undated
 7Walnut Hill Pump Station, 1976
 8White Rock Lake Pump Station, 1922-1981 and undated
 9[multiple stations] Valve controls – Polaroids circa 1980
  Wells, Elevated Tanks, Vehicles and Equipment
111Well 13 [Paluxy Well, Oak Cliff], 1907 and undated
 2Well 33 [Oak Cliff], 1929-1932 and undated
 3Well 34 [Dealey Street at Plowman], 1924 and undated
 4Well 35 [Opera Street at Ewing], 1951-1953 and undated
 5Well 36 [Ravinia Street at Jefferson], undated
 6Well 38 [Stevens Park], 1932 and undated
 7Well 39 [Vermont Street at Fernwood], 1939
 8Artesian Well [unidentified location], undated
 9Lake June Well, 1958
 10Unidentified well [Oak Cliff], 1937
 11Elevated tanks, 1951-1979 and undated
 12Elevated tanks, 1951-1979 and undated
 13Forest Lane Storage Tank, 1976
 14Vehicles and equipment, 1956–1979 and undated
 15Vehicles and equipment, 1956–1979 and undated
 16Vehicles and equipment – valves, undated
 17Vehicles and equipment, dock pump [Bachman #16], 1976
 18Vehicles and equipment – combinatory, 1964
 19Water transmission and distribution lines, 1915-1970 and undated
 20Water transmission and distribution lines, 1915-1970 and undated
 21Water transmission and distribution lines – corrugated pipeline, undated
  Construction and replacement
121Construction and replacement, 1909-1979 and undated
 2Construction and replacement, 1909-1979 and undated
 3Construction and replacement – 40-inch force main, Trinity River bottom, 1929
 4Construction and replacement – Commerce Street underpass, 1935
 5Construction and replacement – Commerce Street tunnel, 1947
 6Construction and replacement – water main repair, 1951-1953 and undated
 7Construction and replacement – main breaks, 1938-1964 and undated
 8Construction and replacement – Sanitary Sewer Division, 1953-1966
 9Construction and replacement – 13071 Gwyneth Lane (fatality site), 1965
 10Construction and replacement – sewer line installation, 1950-1960
 11Construction and replacement – Five Mile Creek sewer, undated
131Construction and replacement – Lemmon Avenue project, 1955
 2Construction and replacement – Prairie Creek outfall, 1963
 3Construction and replacement – Elm Street cave-in (Elm at Field), 1967
 4Construction and replacement – transmission lines to DFW Airport area, 1972
 5Construction and replacement – contract 72-97-R installation, 1972
 6
Construction and replacement – unidentified project, 1972
Construction and replacement – loose prints from album, 1929 and undated
  Wastewater collection
 7Wastewater collection, 1915 – circa 1938 and undated
 8Wastewater collection – line to Cadiz Street Station, 1929 and undated
  Dallas Water Utilities offices, service buildings, and divisions
 9Dallas Water Utilities offices and service buildings, 1915-1978 and undated
 10DeSoto meter vault, undated
 11Forney Road chlorination station, circa 1940
 12Polymer feed station, 1970
 13Stormwater plant (Harry Hines Boulevard), built 1971
 14Central Maintenance Division, undated
 15Accounting Division, circa 1915-1940
 16Cityscapes, 1932-1981 and undated
 17Water testing and research, 1950–1976 and undated
 18Meters and meter reading, 1916-1965 and undated
 19Large meter tests, undated
  Property Documentation
141K. E. Bruton property, parcels 1 & 2, 1953
 2K. E. Bruton property, parcel 3, 1953
 3Eugene Honzen property, 1953
 4Dallas Water Utilities property at Lake Dallas and Mingo areas, undated
 5McCone property, 1953
 6George W. Ware estate, parcels 3 & 6, 1953
  Non-Dallas Facilities
 7Dallas County, Texas - Levee Pump Station B, undated
 8City of Garland, Texas - Duck Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, 1979
 9City of Grapevine, Texas water system, 1976-1977 and undated

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Container List 1886-1999 [Addition]

BoxFolderTitle, Date
  Water and Wastewater Operations
1 Reservoirs, 1899-1987
2 Dams, 1909-1981
3 Garza Dam construction correspondence, 1923-1927
4 Wells and water supplies, 1909-1970
  Facilities
5 Pump stations, 1925-1983
6 Pump stations, 1923-1984
7 Pump stations-Bachman, 1929-1969
8 Water purification plants-Bachman, 1931-1972
9 Water purification plants (East Side, Demonstration Plant), 1957-1980
10 Water purification plants-Elm Fork, 1951-1989
11 Wastewater treatment plants (South Dallas, White Rock, South Side), 1954-1973
  Distribution and collection
12 General facilities history, 1973 and undated
13 Sewers and wastewater collection, 1937-1981
14 Equipment documentation and manuals, 1920s-1950s
15 Equipment documentation and manuals, 1970s-1980s and undated
16 Procedures, standards, and manuals, 1930-1980
17 Plans and engineering drawings [photocopies], 1923-1974
18 Water and process testing, 1944-1984
  Capital Improvement Operations
19 Dallas Water Utilities bond programs and improvements, 1905-1990
  Reports and studies
20 Master plans and long-range water supply plans, 1900-1934, 1955-1959
21 Bartholomew Plan, 1943-1945
22 Reports and studies on water distribution and collection, 1887-1938
23 Reports and studies on water distribution and collection, 1938-1955
24 Reports and studies on water distribution and collection, 1956-1969
25 Reports and studies on water distribution and collection, 1970-1977
26 Reports and studies on water distribution and collection, 1980-1988
27 Reports and studies on water distribution and collection, mixed dates and undated
  Legal Materials
28 Dallas Water Utilities legal cases and subjects, 1914-1981
  Dallas City Council Water-Related Records
29 Water-related Dallas City Council minutes and ordinances, 1873-1978
  Historical Data
30 Dallas Water Utilities historical data-general, 1914-1981
31 Dallas Water Utilities historical data-general, 1936-1977
32 Dallas Water Utilities historic pumpage data, 1893-1989
33 Newspaper clippings on Dallas Water Utilities facilities and history, 1929-1976
34 Newspaper clippings on Dallas Water Utilities facilities and history, 1977 and undated
  Annual Reports
35 Dallas Water Utilities facilities reports, 1928-1946
  Dallas Water Utilities annual reports and division reports, 1892-1940
  Dallas Water Utilities facilities budgets, 1899-1965, 1990
  City of Dallas annual reports, 1889-1905
  Vouchers and Accounting Records
36 Vouchers and accounting books [Bassett Books], 1886-1906
37 Vouchers and accounting books [Bassett Books], 1910-1923
38 Vouchers and accounting books, construction accounts, emergency requisitions, and gas use logs, 1925-1931, 1954-1981
  Payroll and Time Reporting Records
39 Payroll and time reporting records, 1913-1974
  Administrative Correspondence and Personnel Records
40 Karl F. Hoefle administrative correspondence, 1924-1966
  Edgar Whedbee administrative correspondence, 1950-1960
41 Henry Graeser administrative correspondence, 1950-1960
  Dallas Water Utilities staff records [Billings, Grimes, Stringer, Driskall], 1939-1979
42 M.E. Bolding correspondence, 1942-1984; DWU personnel data and regulations, 1942-1984
43 DWU personnel data and regulations, 1942-1984
  Published Materials
44 Dallas Water Utilities official publications, mixed dates
  Municipal News and Views newsletter, 1964-1984
  Ephemera, 1933-1986 and undated
45 Ephemera, 1959-1983 and undated
46 Non-Dallas publications, 1939-1949, 1962-1977
  Oversized Scrapbooks [press clippings]
47 Dallas Water Utilities history, 1951-1954
48 Dallas Water Utilities history, 1951-1956
49 Dallas Water Utilities history, 1952-1958
50 Dallas Water Utilities history, 1962-1966
51 Dallas Water Utilities history, 1963-1965
52 Dallas Water Utilities history, 1967
53 Dallas Water Utilities history, 1969-1979
​​​​​Oversized flatfile material
Experimental Sprinkling Filter Beds.  4 sheets ink-on-linen, 2 pencil-on-trace.  Karl F. Hoefle, 1928