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 ; White Rock ; Lakes Lewisville ; Lake Grapevine ; Lake Tawakoni ; Lake Ray Hubbard ; Lake Ray Roberts ; Lake Fork ; and Lake Palestine ).
The collection is arranged by subject.
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Dallas Water Utilities Sewage Treatment and Disposal and Water Purification, 1912-1938 (Box <x>, Folder <y>), Dallas Municipal Archives
Collection 1991-060—Dallas Water Utilities Records, 1882-Current
Collection 1997-022—Sewer Contracts with C. W. Olcott, 1909-1916
Dallas -- Texas -- History
Dallas (Tex.). Water Utilities Dept. -- History
Water Supply -- Dallas (Tex.) -- History
|1||1||Final Report on Sanitary Sewage and Sewage Disposal, 1930|
|2||Bachman Water Purification Plant report, 1936|
|3||Report on type of sewage plant, 1937|
|4||Sewage treatment proposals and reports, 1936-1938|
|5||Contracts on intercepting sewers and sewage disposal works, 1914|
|6||Proposal and contract for water purification plant, 1912|