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​W. W. Horner Stormwater Outlet Sewers and Drainage Report, 1931-1936

​Collection 1992-010

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Repository
Office of the City Secretary
Dallas Municipal Archives
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South
Dallas, Texas 75201​
CreatorDallas Water Utilities
TitleW. W. Horner Stormwater Outlet Sewers and Drainage Report
Dates1931-1936
Quantity1 linear foot
AbstractImprovements made in storm water outlet sewerage for portions of East and West Dallas.
Identification1992-010
LanguageRecords are in English
Scope and Content

Collection documents improvements made in storm water outlet sewerage for portions of East and West Dallas. In 1931, Consulting Engineer W.W. Horner presented a report to the Dallas City Council on the storm water outlet sewers for the Dallas Branch, Peak's Branch, and Mill Creek water sheds.  The report recommended the city create a storm drainage policy to implement and maintain a consistent method of routing wastewater and to avoid flooding issues that resulted from poor or nonexistent planning.  The report was accepted by the Council by Resolution in 1931.

Collection consists of the original typescript report and supporting maps and documentation as presented to the Dallas City Council, as well as documents associated with the implementation of the project's various stages.  Some stage documentation files contain typescript correspondence, blueprints and maps, engineering schedules, and a few black and white photographs.

The 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]).

Organization

The collection is arranged chronologically.

Access​

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Citation

W. W. Horner Stormwater Outlet Sewers and Drainage Report, 1931-1936 (Box <x>, Folder <y>), Dallas Municipal Archives​

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Index Terms

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

Container List

BoxFolderTitle, Date
11Report to the Honorable City Council of the City of Dallas, Texas, in the Matter of Storm Water Outlet Sewers for the Dallas Branch and Mill Creek Watersheds, 1931
 2Report to the Honorable City Council of the City of Dallas, Texas, in the Matter of Storm Water Outlet Sewers for the Dallas Branch and Mill Creek Watersheds, 1931 [photocopy]
 3Stage 1-A support materials for W. W. Horner Report, 1931
 4Stage 2-A support materials for W. W. Horner Report, 1931
 5Original blueprints, support materials for W. W. Horner Report, 1931
 6Original blueprints, support materials for W. W. Horner Report, 1931
21Contract and specifications for Mill Creek, 1932
 2Contract and specifications for removing old bridges and filling on Cedar Creek and Mill Creek, 1932-1933
 3Contract and specifications for Dallas Branch, 1932
 4Contract and specifications for Peak's Branch, 1932
 5Contract and specifications for Peak's Branch, 1934
 6Contract and specifications for Peak's Branch, 1932-1934