Documentary History of American Water-works

Introduction Historical Background Chronology Geography Biography Technology Ownership and Financing General Bibliography
Pacific States
California Berkeley

Berkeley, California

Berkeley was incorporated as a town in 1878.

The first water works were built in 1867 by the College Water Company

The nineteen water companies in the area were consolidated into the Peoples Water Company in 1907, which became the East Bay Water Company in 1917.

"Bubbles" magazine of the East Bay Water Company
Volume 1 1917-1918 Volume 2 1918-1919 Volume 3 1919-1920
Volume 4 1920-1921 Volume 5 1921-1922 Volume 7 1923-1924
Volume 8 1924-1925 Volume 9 1926 Volume 10 1927

The East Bay Municipal Water District was organized on May 22, 1923 and bought the East Bay Water Company in 1928.

Water is provided by the East Bay Municipal Utilities District, which has a history page.


References
1882 "The College of California Water Plan," The Californian and Overland Monthly 6(34):302-307 (October 1882)

1890 "Berkeley," from Manual of American Water Works, Volume 2.

1891 "Berkeley," from Manual of American Water Works, Volume 3.

1897 "Berkeley," from Manual of American Water Works, Volume 4.

1917 East Bay Water Company,  A brief history of the water companies which have supplied with water the cities and towns on the east shore of San Francisco Bay (and which are now consolidated into the East Bay Water Company) for the years 1866-1917.

1922 "The Pumping System of the East Bay Water Company," by Harry Rainhardt, Bubbles, 5(7):8-12 (October, 1922)

1932 The story of water : a brief history of the East Bay Municipal Utility District, and a description of the source, transmission, treatment and distribution of the water supply to the cities within its boundaries 

1983 "Water, Water Everywhere, or Was There? The History of Private Water Companies in Berkeley," by Ruth Kondor

Its Name Was MUD, The story of water and the East Bay Municipal Utility District from the mid-1800's through 1998.


2020 Morris A. Pierce