Municipal Archives

Dallas Water Utilities Project Documentation, 1960-1991

Collection 2002-003​


Repository​Office of the City Secretary
Dallas Municipal Archives
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South
Dallas, Texas 7​​5201
Creator​Dallas Water Utilities
Title​Dallas Water Utilities Project Documentation
Quantity​1.25 linear feet
Abstract​Photographic prints and negatives, printed reports, photocopied articles, graphs and design blueprints, memoranda, and printed materials.
Language​Records are in English​

​Scope and Content

Collection documents the planning, design, and construction of Dallas Water Utilities (DWU) capital projects. Capital projects include water and wastewater mains, modification of facilities to meet changes in State and Federal regulatory requirements (Environmental Protection Agency Administrative Orders, Safe Drinking Water Act treatment parameters, and Clean Water Act discharge limitations), and the rehabilitation and replacement of deteriorated or obsolete facilities.

DWU is the self-financed City of Dallas department responsible for water and wastewater services. Dallas Water Utilities is one of the largest metropolitan water systems in the United States and serves a population of approximately 1,211,000 customers in Dallas, 862,457 in wholesale customer 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 900 million gallons a day. Water is distributed by means of 23 pump stations and stored in 21 storage tanks (nine elevated, twelve ground level) and conveyed through 4,639 miles of water main.  Wastewater is treated at two plants, Central and Southside, at 260 million gallons a day.

DWU began as the City of Dallas Waterworks in 1881 when the City purchased a privately-owned water company that had provided Dallas with water since the 1870s. When Browder Springs, the first water supply, proved inadequate, the City turned to surface water sources such as the Trinity River and manmade lakes (Bachman [created 1903]; White Rock [1913]; Lewisville [1929]; Grapevine [1954]; Tawakoni [1963]; Ray Hubbard [1970]; Palestine [1972]; Ray Roberts [1977]; and Lake Fork [1980]).

The collection contains a mix of photographic documentation of the construction process, including gelatin silver prints and negatives, and printed reports, photocopied articles, graphs and design blueprints, memoranda, and printed materials. The collection was assembled and maintained by Meredith Taylor, P.E., and represents projects he designed or participated in.


The collection is arranged by subject.  


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.


Dallas Water Utilities Project Documentation, 1960-1991 (Box <x>, Folder <y>), Dallas Municipal Archives

Related Materials​

Index Terms

Dallas -- Texas -- History
Dallas Water Utilities
Water-supply -- TEXAS -- DALLAS​

Container List 

​BoxFolderTitle, Date
11​Photographic documentation of White Rock Lake and marina design (color prints and negatives), 1991; Lake Ray Hubbard Marina plot plan survey, July 18, 1991; survey graph, Lake Ray Hubbard. August, 1979 - March, 1981; survey Graphs, Dallas reservoirs, 1980; photocopied information on dock systems, undated; planning graphs, undated
 2Memo proposing design and construction of City Boat Dock for Lake Ray Hubbard, February 5, 1991; Meeco Marinas brochures, 1989; memo request to run Lake Ray Hubbard survey with attached plans, July 18, 1991; graph lake levels, June 6, 1979 and January 17, 1979
 3Design Criteria and Guidelines for Facilities Construction, Dallas Water Utilities, May 1984
 4Study of Hydraulic Requirements of the Dallas Trunk Sewer System, J. F. Reynolds, September 1961
 5Chlorine: Can We Reduce Our Use? report of Dallas Water Utilities Department by J. F. Reynolds, 1974 [photocopy]
 6Water and Sanitary Sewer Adjustments, Haskell Street to Industrial Boulevard, Interstate Highway 20, Forrest and Cotton, Inc. Consulting Engineers, September 1961
 7Sanitary Sewer Service to East Mountain Creek Area, Forrest and Cotton, Inc., consulting Engineers, April 1964
 8Mechanical equipment notebook, [inventory at various filter plants, pump stations and sewer stations], October 1960
21Feasibility Study Report: Raw Water Supply from Lake Lewisville, Elm Fork Water Treatment Plant, Camp Dresser & McKee Inc., Consulting Engineers, October 1988
 2Dallas Water Utilities 1989 hydrologic data, Dannenbaum Engineering Corporation, October 1989 (2 copies)
 3Lake Palestine: Dallas Water Utilities Utilization and Pipeline Alignment Study Volume 1, Dannenbaum Engineering Corporation, June 1989.
 4Lake Palestine: Dallas Water Utilities utilization and pipeline alignment study, Volume 2, Dannenbaum Engineering Corporation, June 1989
31Report on Pilot Plant Study, Volume 1, Elm Fork Water Treatment Plant, Camp Dresser & McKee, Inc., Consulting Engineers, August 1989
 2Report on Pilot Plant Study, Volume 2—Appendices, Elm Fork Water Treatment Plant, Camp Dresser & McKee, Inc., Consulting Engineers, August 1989
 3Dallas Water Utilities Construction Project photographic documentation (color prints and negatives), 1982-1985
 4White Rock North Water Transmission Line briefing and finish file, 1984-1987