Guide to the Metropolitan Waste Water Reclamation Project Collection

Finding Aid Authors: Jennifer Hollander.
© Copyright 2008 Special Collections & University Archives. All rights reserved.
2008-09-25
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
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Email: scref@rohan.sdsu.edu
Phone: 619-594-6791

Guide to the Metropolitan Waste Water Reclamation Project Collection 1952/1967

Special Collections & University Archives

Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Metropolitan Waste Water Reclamation Project Collection
Dates: 1952-1967
Identification: MS-0161
Creator: Metropolitan Waste Water Reclamation Project
Physical Description: 2.50 linear ft
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
URL: http://library.sdsu.edu/scua
Email: scref@rohan.sdsu.edu
Phone: 619-594-6791

Historical Note:

In 1958 the city of San Diego conducted a study to determine a better way to dispose of sewage. Prior to this study, the city's sewage was disposed of in the San Diego bay, after receiving varying degrees of treatment. The city contracted with the firm of Holmes & Navar-Montgomery to find an alternative to dumping waste in the bay to eliminate potential health and environmental risks.
Holmes & Navar-Montgomery proposed five alternative plans, but after the city completed the initial cost appraisal, it determined that disposing of city waste into the ocean was still the most cost-efficient method of waste management. Another plan provided for a system of interceptor sewers and pumping stations that would end at a new treatment plant in Fort Rosecrans. From this new plant, waste would travel through a multiple port diffuser located about 220 miles under water, and would then be dumped into the ocean approximately 13,000 miles off shore. The estimated cost of this plan was $41,136,000.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Family Name:

Holmes & Navar-Montgomery -- History -- 20th century -- Sources

Genre/Form of Material:

Organizational Records
Publications

Geographic Name:

San Diego Bay (Calif.)

Topical Term:

Metropolitan Waste Water Reclamation Project -- Archives
Sewage -- Environmental aspects -- California -- San Diego -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
Sewage disposal -- California -- San Diego -- History -- 20th century -- Sources
Sewage disposal in the ocean -- California -- San Diego -- History -- 20th century -- Sources

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Use:

The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation:

Identification of item, folder title, box number, Metropolitan Waste Water Reclamation Project Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Scope and Contents

The Metropolitan Waste Water Reclamation Project Collection dates from 1952-1967. It consists solely of paper records, and documents the city's process of determining the best method of waste disposal for San Diego.  Included in the collection is the original proposal booklet submitted by Holmes & Navar-Montgomery.  This booklet contains the 1958 plan for the treatment and disposal of city sewage into San Diego Bay. Also included are editorials, letters to the editor, and newspaper clippings for and against the city's proposal to dispose of waste water into the ocean off the Point Loma coast.

Detailed List of Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

City of San Diego- Water Reclamation Study for Balboa Park and Mission Bay March 1963

Box 1, Folder 2

Sewerage Survey- North Coastal San Diego County June 1960

Box 1, Folder 3

City of San Digo- Oceanographic Conditions Prior to Discharge of Wases from Proposed Disposal System- Final Report 1958-59

Box 1, Folder 4

Holmes and Narver- Montgomery- Basic Plan for the Collection, Treatment and Disposal of Sewage, for the Metropolitan Area San Diego, California

Box 1, Folder 5

Sewerage Survey- Report on the Collection, Treatment and Disposal of the Sewage of Sn Diego County, California September 1952

Box 1, Folder 6

County of Los Angeles- Future Availability of Water for Irrigation in Southern California ca. 1961

Box 1, Folder 7

Santee County Water District- Report on the Santee Water Reclamation Project September 1961

Box 1, Folder 8

State of California- Reclamation of Water Sewage and Industrial Wastes ca. 1954

Box 1, Folder 9

Sterling Drug, Inc.- Waste is for Burning..Without Flame ca. 1961

Box 1, Folder 10

Citizens Committee- Resolution regarding Pt. Loma facility

Box 1, Folder 11

San Diego City Council- Reporter's transcript of proceedings ca. 1961

Box 1, Folder 12

Water Reclamation Commission- Minutes ca. 1962

Box 1, Folder 13

Los Angeles County- A Report uponthe Potential Reclamation of Sewage Now Wasting to the Ocean in Los Angeles County

Box 1, Folder 14

Water Reclamation Commission- Documents, Minutes ca. 1963

Box 1, Folder 15

United States Senate- Water Resources Activities in the United States ca. 1960

Box 1, Folder 16

Water Reclamation Commission- Manual of operations and related materials ca. 1961

Box 1, Folder 17

City of San Diego- Correspondence with Ralph Stone and Co. ca. 1962

Box 1, Folder 18

Citizens Committee for Water Reclamation- Notes, correspondence, membership list

Box 1, Folder 19

City of San Diego- Court proceedings, notes re. sewage project

Box 1, Folder 20

Holmes and Narver- Montgomery- Basic Plan for the Collection, Treatment and Disposal of Sewage, for the Metropolitan Area San Diego, California

Box 1, Folder 21

City-Wide Committee Against Point Loma Sewer Outfall- Correspondence and Notes

Box 1, Folder 22

City-Wide Committee Against Point Loma Sewer Outfall- Questions to the City Council

Box 1, Folder 23

City-Wide Committee Against Point Loma Sewer Outfall- Coronado Information and Correspondence

Box 1, Folder 24

City of San Diego- Tide tables, sewer facts, program report

Box 1, Folder 25

City of San Diego- City Managers reports, general literature

Box 1, Folder 26

City of San Diego- Notes and press releases

Box 2, Folder 1

Water Reclamation Commission- Meeting notices, certificates, notes ca. 1961

Box 2, Folder 2

Water Reclamation Commission- Notes regarding project and correspondence

Box 2, Folder 3

Water Reclamation Commission- Minutes, notes, correspondence ca 1961

Box 2, Folder 4

Dr. R.E. Worthington- 1967 Petty Cash and Receipts

Box 2, Folder 5

Dr. R.E. Worthington- 1961 Petty Cash and Receipts

Box 2, Folder 6

Dr. R.E. Worthington- 1963 Petty Cash and Receipts

Box 2, Folder 7

Dr. R.E. Worthington- 1965 Petty Cash and Receipts

Box 2, Folder 8

Dr. R.E. Worthington- 1960 Petty Cash and Receipts

Box 2, Folder 9

City-Wide Committee Against Point Loma Sewer Outfall- Various Financial Materials ca. 1962