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Water Utilities Records

 Collection
Identifier: MA 2019.003

Scope and Content

The records of the Water Utilities Department of the City of Denton consist of material accumulated since 1940. The materials include work orders, reports, financial documents, drawings, plans and photographs.

The collection has six series: Organizational Files, Drawings and Plans, Subject Files, Printed Materials, Maps, and Photographs. The first series, Organizational Files (1947-2012), contains four subseries: Work Orders, which include original work orders and maps for water and sewer lines; Reports, which include reports and studies on various water related projects; Financial Records, which contain bond budgets for sewer and water; and Construction Project Records, which include plans and contract documents for various water related projects. Series II, Drawings and Plans (1971-1975), consists of blueprints and shop drawings for waterlines and pumps. Series III, Subject Files (1988-2001) contains materials related to the Lake Ray Roberts Hydroelectric Plan Project which is restricted For Official Use Only (FOUO), the Ray Roberts water treatment plant, the Lake Lewisville pump station property, and the McKenna Park water tower. Series IV, Printed Materials (1940-1959) contains printed materials and publications related to water projects. Series V, Maps (1963) contains maps of water studies performed in Denton County. Series VI, Photographs (undated) contains photographs related to water projects.

Those interested in Water Utilities history and the scope of its projects will find these records to be particularly valuable.

Dates

  • 1940 - 2012
  • Majority of material found within 1947 - 1990

Creator

Access Restrictions

Some records within this collection are restriced For Official Use Only (FOUO).

Access can be requested in accordance with the Public Information Act by submitting a request through the Open Government portal on the City of Denton's website.

Literary Rights Statement

Permission to publish material from this collection in any form, current or future, must be obtained from the Special Collections Department of the Denton Public Library.

Historical Sketch

The Water Utilities Department, as it is known today, is an inter-related group of utilities and divisions administered by the General Manager of Utilities under whom the Directors of the Water Utility and Wastewater Utility operate. The department maintains the city’s storm water runoff to reduce pollutants in surface waters, manages the wastewater system and provides water services to the City of Denton.

The City of Denton did not have running water until 1892 when A.F. Evers’ Water, Light and Power Company provided water drawn from artesian wells, an underground waters source by which pressure allows water to flow to the surface naturally. In 1905 the Water, Light and Power Company was bought by the city.

The quality and capacity of Denton’s water supply was of such a good state that the city declined to purchase rights to water from Lake Dallas, now Lake Lewisville, in 1927. As the region grew, water shortages became a problem and the city eventually bought the rights to approximately 21,000 acre feet of water from Lake Dallas in 1951. By 1957 the water lines from the lake were completed and a water plant was built that was capable of operating at a capacity of four million gallons. Today the City of Denton draws its water from both Lake Lewisville and Lake Ray Roberts.

A typhoid epidemic in 1908 induced the city into creating a bond issue for the construction of nine miles of sewer mains and a septic tank, the first of which were completed in 1909. Typhoid is spread through food and water contaminated by infected waste. A vaccine was perfect by Frederick K. Russell in 1909.

Eventually the need for a sewage treatment plant was recognized and the first plant was built in 1924. Construction of a new plant on Pecan Creek was completed in 1948 and was expanded to the capacity of two million gallons per day in 1964, then 6 million gallons per day in 1970. Today the Pecan Creek Water Reclamation Plant treats approximately fifteen million gallons per day and services approximately 125,000 customers.
Source
Bates, Ed F. History and Reminiscences of Denton County. Denton: McNitzky Printing Co., 1918.
Source
Bridges, C.A. History of Denton, Texas From Its Beginning to 1960. Waco: Texian Press, 1978.
Source
Henry, Robert S. The Armed Forces Institute of Pathology: Its First Century 1862-1962. Washington D.C.: Office of Surgeon General, 1964.
Source
Stephens, Ray, Councilman. City Council Orientation: Utilities: Electric, Water/Sewer. Denton, 1979.
Source
Williams, Alec. Denton, Texas: History and Utlitites. Denton, 1983.

Extent

3.98 Linear Feet (Six manuscript boxes, four oversize folders (36.5x24.5), two oversize folders (25x19), one oversize folder (40x24.5), one oversize folder (48x36.5), one oversize folder (18x13), one oversize folder (32x24), one oversize folder (38x26).)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The Water Utilities Department, as it is known today, is an inter-related group of utilities and divisions with similar purpose. It is administered by the General Manager of Utilities under whom the Directors of the Water Utility and Wastewater Utility operate. The department maintains the city’s storm water runoff to reduce pollutants in surface waters, manages the wastewater system and provides water services to the City of Denton. This collection currently contains work orders, reports on different water-related services, drawings and plans of materiel and installations from 1940-2012. Further accretions are expected.

Series Description

The Water Utilities Records are arranged in six series:

Series I. Organizational Files 0.9 linear ft. (two manuscript boxes and one folder), 1947-2012.

Arranged in four subseries: 1. Work Orders, 2. Reports, 3. Financial Records, and 4. Construction Project Records

Subseries 1. Work Orders 0.65 linear ft. (one manuscript box and four folders), 1947-1957.

Arranged by work order number and thereunder chronologically.

Subseries 2. Reports 0.67 linear ft. (fourteen folders), 1950-2012.

Arranged alphabetically by title.

Subseries 3. Financial Records 0.1 linear ft. (one folder), 1983-1990.

Arranged chronologically.

Subseries 4. Construction Project Records 0.7 linear ft. (one manuscript box and seven folders)

Arranged alphabetically by title.

Series II. Drawings and Plans 0.1 linear ft. (five folders), 1971-1975.

Arranged alphabetically by title and thereunder chronologically.

Series III. Subject Files 0.56 linear ft. (twelve folders), 1950-2001.

Arranged alphabetically and thereunder chronologically.

Series IV. Printed Materials 0.1 linear ft. (four folders), 1940-1959.

Arranged alphabetically by title.

Series V. Maps 0.1 linear ft. (two folders), 1963.

Arranged alphabetically by title.

Series VI. Photographs 0.1 linear ft. (two folders), undated.

Arranged alphabetically by title.

Provenance Statement

The Water Utilities Records were transferred to the Denton Municipal Archives, Special Collections, Denton Public Library, by Jewel Gibson on 2019-01-31 and by other representatives of the Water Utilities Department during the library's Trash to Treasure Day in December of 2016. A second accretion of Water Utilities Records was transferred to the Denton Municipal Archives, Special Collections, Denton Public Library by Fran Preheim 2019-05-13.

Additional Sources

Prior to the the establishment of the Denton Municipal Archives, materials had previously been transferred to the library and catalogued as a part of the stacks in Special Collections. For more information on water utilities see the following call numbers in Special Collections: DTEX 333.914 BLA, DTEX 363.6 CIT, DTEX 363.6068 DEN, DTEX 628.3 CIT, DTEX 628.3 DEN, DTEX 628.3 FRE, DTEX 688.3 SPE, DTEX 976.4555 WIL.

Copyright

It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission from copyright holders of materials to which this institution does not own copyright.

Images in this collection may be identified by a unique number that provides information about format, record group, collection, series, box, folder and image numbers. If one exists please use this number when ordering reproductions of images for this collection.

Note to the Researcher

Many of the work orders have water damage and extreme fading, but are readable. Oversize items from each series have been separated out and placed in oversize boxes and drawers so as to be maintained flat to prevent further deterioration. Their original place within the collection is marked with a Document Removed form which details where the documents are housed. Materials from Boxes 3, 4, 5 and 6 as well as Folder 5 in Oversize Drawer 1 are restricted For Official Use Only (FOUO).

Processing Information

Bound reports had their bindings removed and discarded to conserve space. Some reports are split into multiple folders due to size, but their original order is maintained. Work orders were transferred in several groupings and seperated from the books that held them and thus original order could not be determined. Two sets of these work orders were accompanied by indexes which showed the work orders were organized roughly by ascending work order number. That order was imposed by the archivist across all sets of work orders.

The first accretion was received in no discernible order. Where these materials did not work into existing series, new series and subseries were created: Series I, Subseries 4. Construction Project Records; Series III. Subject Files, Lewsiville Lake Pump Station and McKenna Park Water Tower; Series IV. Printed Materials; Series V. Maps; Series IV. Photographs were all additions made to accommodate this accretion.

Creator

Title
Guide to the Water Utilities Records, 1940-2012
Status
Completed
Author
Matthew Davis, 18 April 2019. Arranged and processed by Matthew Davis; 1st accretion arranged and processed by Amy Bellotte, 2019-11-16.
Date
2019-04-23
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Edition statement
First revision by Matthew Davis. 2019-04-18 Second revision by Amy Bellotte. 2019-11-16

Revision Statements

  • 2019-04-18: First revision was a migration to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2019-11-16: Second revision was an accretion to the initial collection.

Repository Details

Part of the Denton Municipal Archives Repository

Contact:
Emily Fowler Central Library
502 Oakland St.
Denton TX 76201 USA
940-349-8782