Documentary History of American Water-works

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

Santa Rosa, California

Santa Rosa was incorporated as a city in 1868.

The first water works were built in 1873 by the Santa Rosa Water Company, which was also known as the McDonald Water Company after its owner, Mark McDonald.

The city built a competing water system in 1896.

The two systems coexisted uneasily until the city bought the company in 1947 for $290,000.

Water is provided by the City of Santa Rosa.


References
1883 Santa Rosa, Engineering News, 10:257  (June 2, 1883)

1888 "Santa Rosa," from Manual of American Water Works, Volume 1.

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

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

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

2002 Ample and pure water for Santa Rosa: 1867-1926, by John Cummings, January 2002, prepared for the Department of Utilities, City of Santa Rosa.


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