Municipal Archives

Dallas Water Utilities Sewage Treatment and Disposal and Water Purification, 1912-1938

Collection 1991-066


Repository​Dallas Municipal Archives
Office of the City Secretary
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South
Dallas, Texas 75201
CreatorDallas Water Utilities
TitleDallas Water Utilities Sewage Treatment & Disposal and Water Purification, 1912-938 
QuantityTwo linear inches 
AbstractFinal Report on Sanitary Sewage and Sewage Disposal, 1912-1938 .
Language​​Records are in English

Scope and Contents 

Collection consists of typescript reports on proposed sewage disposal, water purification, sewage treatment plant facilities, plant specifications, and correspondence from consulting engineering firms, city employees, and city attorneys documenting Dallas Water Utilities facilities construction projects.

Dallas Water Utilities (DWU) is 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 six reservoirs – Lakes Lewisville, Grapevine, Ray Hubbard, Tawakoni, Ray Roberts, and Fork. 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]).


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Dallas Water Utilities Sewage Treatment and Disposal and Water Purification, 1912-1938 (Box <x>, Folder <y>), Dallas Municipal Archives

Related Material

Collection 1991-060—Dallas Water Utilities Records, 1882-Current
Collection 1997-022Sewer Contracts with C. W. Olcott, 1909-1916

Index Terms

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

​Container List

Title, Date
11Final Report on Sanitary Sewage and Sewage Disposal, 1930
2Bachman Water Purification Plant report, 1936
3Report on type of sewage plant, 1937
4Sewage treatment proposals and reports, 1936-1938
5Contracts on intercepting sewers and sewage disposal works, 1914
6Proposal and contract for water purification plant, 1912