Seattle Water Department Reports and Writings, 1903-1948  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Seattle (Wash.) Water Dept.
Title
Seattle Water Department Reports and Writings
Dates
1903-1948 (inclusive)
Quantity
.2 cubic foot, (1 box)
Collection Number
8200-16
Summary
Reports and writings regarding Seattle's Water Department.
Repository
Seattle Municipal Archives
Seattle Municipal Archives
Office of the City Clerk
City of Seattle
PO Box 94728
98124-4728
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-233-7807
Fax: 206-386-9025
archives@seattle.gov
Access Restrictions

Records are open to the public.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for processing this record series was provided through a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

A public waterworks was created by City Charter amendment in 1875. However, Seattle was served primarily by small private water companies for the next decade-and-a-half. Following the Great Fire of 1889, citizens voted to fund creation of a municipally owned water system. The City purchased the private systems and began development of the Cedar River Watershed, and since 1891, has owned and operated a municipal water system. The system was administered by the Superintendent of Water under the auspices of the Board of Public Works. In 1905 the Department of Lighting and Water Works was created. Five years later, the Water Department became a separate entity. Most of the water used by the Seattle Water Department came from the Cedar River Watershed property, which also provided income for the department through the selling of logging rights. Several timber companies including Weyerhaeuser Company, Scott Paper Company and Pacific States Lumber Company, all had contracts with the Water Department. In the 1950s, Seattle voters chose to add fluoride to the city's water supply and charged the Water Department with the task of fluoridating. The election was a close one, however, and debate over the policy lasted into the '70s. In 1997 the Water Department was consolidated with the utilities of the Engineering Department to form Seattle Public Utilities.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Miscellaneous reports, writings and statistics regarding the Water Department’s history, water system, system safeguards, Cedar River watershed and finances. Also included is a list of lots to be sluiced for the 2nd avenue and Pine street regrade.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item and date], Seattle Water Department Reports and Writings , Record Series 8200-16. Box [number], Folder [number]. Seattle Municipal Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

8200-16:  Water Department Reports and Writings , 1903-1948Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Financial Records
1903-1912
1/2
Reports - Cedar River Watershed
1932-1940
1/3
Reports and Writings - Water Department History
1913-1939
1/4
Reports - Water System
1925-1927
1/5
Municipal Water Safeguards in the City of Seattle
1931
1/6
Safeguarding Seattle's Water Supply
1930-1948
1/7
Statement of the Condition of the Municipal Lighting and Power Plant
1909
1/8
Water Works Statistics
1904-1911
1/9
Luther B. Youngs Biography and Obituary
1909-1923
1/10
Regrade List, 2nd Ave and Pine St
undated
1/11
Board of Public Works Proceedings List
1926

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Cedar River Watershed (King County, Wash.)
  • Municipal water supply--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Water utilities--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Corporate Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.) Water Dept.
  • Seattle (Wash.). Dept. of Lighting and Water Works
  • Geographical Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.)