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HISTORY OF THE WATER PLANT AT WACO UNDER A WATER COMMISSION

Issue 20 and Volume 59.

HISTORY OF THE WATER PLANT AT WACO UNDER A WATER COMMISSION Prior to 1878 Waco, Tex., then having a population of near 10,000, was without a water supply for domestic purposes or fire protection except of the most primitive character. In that year C. W. White obtained permission to use the streets for laying water mains and organized the Waco Water Company, which constructed a water works system, and in October, 1878, the city and the company entered into a twenty-year contract fixing the rates for private consumers, the city agreeing to pay $80 per hydrant for seventy hydrants for fire protection. The source of supply at that time was a large surface well, located six or seven blocks from the business part of the city. As the town grew the surface well proved inadequate, particularly in seasons of drought, and from time to time recourse was had to river…

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