Correspondence, reports, documents, news clippings, and photographs, concerning water
supply sources for San Francisco, Calif., other California regions and municipalities,
the Tuolumne River, and the Hetch Hetchy Project.
Max J. Bartell was born in 1879. In July 1908 he was appointed Assistant Engineer with
the City Engineer of San Francisco. His early accomplishments included runoff
investigations and reinforced concrete sewer design. He designed the Beale St. steel
bridge and began stream flow measurements on the Hetch Hetchy Project, a plan to deliver
water to the City of San Francisco from the Tuolumne River. He worked with Percy V. Long,
City Attorney, John R. Freeman, consulting engineer, and M.M. O'Shaughnessy, City
Engineer, in conjunction with the project. He also investigated alternate water supplies
for the city from the Mokelumne River, the Stanislaus River, the McCloud River, and the
San Joaquin River. In 1914 he was made Chief Hydraulic Engineer for the city and
investigated the total available water supply from the Alameda Creek system for the
Spring Valley Water Company. He also reported on the underground water supplies of the
Livermore Valley, the Niles Cone of Alameda Creek, and the City of San Francisco. He
analyzed the Raker Act and its effects upon the water rights of the City and County of
San Francisco and served as an expert witness for the City Attorney in water rates cases
regarding water productivity and value of water productivity for rate making purposes. In
his 41-year career he was responsible for many other projects and reports on San
Francisco's water development. He retired from city service in 1949 and died in April
1968 in San Francisco.
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