- Seattle (Wash.) Water Dept.
- Seattle Water Department Conservation Office Records
- 1978-1989 (inclusive)19781989
- .6 cubic foot, (2 boxes)
- Collection Number
- Records of an office that promoted water conservation.
- Seattle Municipal Archives
Seattle Municipal Archives
Office of the City Clerk
City of Seattle
PO Box 94728
- Access Restrictions
Records are open to the public.
- 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
Records of an office that promoted water conservation by residential customers and large consumers through public education, distribution of conservation kits and other means. Records include correspondence, brochures, conservation kit, and subject files.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
[Item and date], Seattle Water Department Conservation Office Records , Record Series 8206-01. 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.
8206-01: Water Department Conservation Office Records , 1978-1989Return to Top
4th Annual Central Washington Irrigation Conference
Conservation Kit Distribution
Coordination With Local Utilities
Coordination With Staff
Flow Metering Project (Residential)
Freeze (Water Pipes)
Home Water Checkup
King Country Correctional Facility
King County Water
Large User Call Back
Lawn Gauge Promotion
Ordinances - Drought
Public Education Specialist
Stream Flow Statistics
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Water utilities--Washington (State)--Seattle
- Water conservation--Washington (State)--Seattle
- Seattle (Wash.) Water Dept.
- Seattle (Wash.)