Leadership

WATER SUPPLY OF SAN FRANCISCO.

Issue 11 and Volume 23.

WATER SUPPLY OF SAN FRANCISCO. MORE than one-third of a century ago,Hermann F. A Schussler, chief engineer of the Spring Valley water works, San Francisco, Cal., became associated with that company as first assistant chief, from which office he was appointed to his present position in 1855. As chief engineer,he has had charge of all the work, particularly the new construction, and also, for the last nine years, of the maintenance. The works were built in 1856-59 by the Spring Valley Water Works Company. In 1857 the San Francisco Water Works Company was organized and its plant put in operation after the above company. In 1865 the two companies consolidated and began to supply San Mateo in 1871. The company is not exempt from local taxes; but the city pays for public service at regular rates. Mr. Schussler’s aims in constructing the water works were (1) abundance of water for…

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