Scope and Content
Title: William J. O'Connell Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1952-1966
Collection number: MS 80/4
O'Connell, William J., 1903-1966
Extent: 65 linear feet (56 cartons, 554 items)
Water Resources Collections and Archives
Shelf location: This collection is stored off-campus at NRLF. Please contact the Water Resources Collections and Archives staff for access
to the materials.
Collection is open for research.
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[Identification of item], William J. O'Connell Papers, MS 80/4, Water Resources Collections and Archives, University of California,
Scope and Content
Papers include correspondence, news clippings, memoranda, office files, legal documents, drafts of legislation, and transcripts
of hearings. Principal topics include area planning, flood control and drainage, garbage and refuse collection and disposal,
sewerage and industrial wastes, water quality management, water resources development (both state and federal), and water
supply and distribution.
California State Water Project
California. Legislature. Assembly. Fact-Finding Committee on Water
California. Legislature. Senate. Fact-Finding Committee on Water
Water resources development -- Law and legislation -- California
Water-supply -- Law and legislation -- California
Water quality management -- Law and legislation -- California
Water-supply -- California -- Contra Costa County
Regional planning -- California
Flood control -- California
Drainage -- California
Sewerage -- California
Sewage disposal -- California
Refuse and refuse disposal -- California
Solid waste -- California
The following "qualification" material was presented as an EXHIBIT in a case where William O'Connell testified in his capacity
as consultant for the Contra Costa County Water Agency. It is included here for the biographical detail.
W. J. O'Connell & Associates
1214 Burlingame Avenue
CAPACITY IN WHICH APPEARING:
Consultant to Contra Costa County Water Agency
Graduate work in bio-chemical and chemical engineering, Rutgers University, 1927.
Bachelor of Science degree, University of California, 1925, in engineering.
Undergraduate work in civil and sanitary engineering, University of California.
Lick-Wilmerding High School, San Francisco.
Civil and Professional Engineers Certificate No. CH 1866, State of California.
Related Advisory Responsibilities
- State Senate Interim Committee on Proposed Water Projects (past).
- Contra Costa County Department of Public Works (present).
- Contra Costa County Planning Commission (present).
- Southwest Contra Costa County Water District (present).
- East Bay Municipal Utility District (past).
- City of Hayward (past).
- Standard Oil Company of California (present).
- Office of Rubber Reserve, U.S. Reconstruction Finance Corporation (past).
- Oakley County Water District (past).
- California Fish Canners Association (present).
- Canners League of California (present).
- Hickmott Canning Company (present).
- Tri-Valley Packing Company (present).
- Advisory Council, University of California Water Resources Center (present).
- Engineering Advisory Committee to State Department of Water Resources on South Bay Aqueduct (present).
- Technical Advisory Group on Repayment Contracts, Counties of Contra Costa, Alameda and Santa Clara (present).
- Task Group A4.D1 (Industrial Water Use), American Water Works Association (past).
- Advisory committees of the University of California and California Institute of Technology on sanitary engineering research
projects for the State Water Pollution Control Board (past).
- Chairman, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce special projects committee studying water pollution control and San Francisco
Bay salt-water barrier proposals (past).
Related Association Memberships:
- American Water Works Association.
- American Public Works Association.
- American Public Health Association.
- American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
- American Chemical Society.
- Contra Costa County Development Association.
Thirty years professional and industrial engineering experience.
Worked with A.D. Edmonston, Division of Engineering and Irrigation, California Department of Public Works, 1925-26, on
State Water Plan.
With Wallace & Tiernan Sales Corporation, 1928-41, providing technical services on problems of municipal and industrial water
supply and waste disposal throughout the United States, including water supply problems of numbers of large central generating
Since 1942, has operated own consulting offices to advise on industrial process problems encountered in food, solar salt,
chemical and heavy industrial operations and on the use of manufactured products or utility services in wet processes. Wide
experience in developing suitable water supplies and providing for waste disposal and air pollution control in a variety of
industries. Industries advised on the effects on their long-range expansion plans of the attitudes of local, county and state
governmental agencies toward provision and regulation of the use of water supply and waste disposal facilities needed by industry
and the extent of public financing of the construction and operation of such facilities. Works with lawyers on technical data
to be used in legal proceedings.
Comprehensive studies made of California's water resources development proposals with particular attention to ultimate use
by state and county agencies and industry.
Technical information and advisory services provided for cities, counties, and public districts concerning water resources
development, waste disposal, air pollution, recreational use of water, fisheries resources, water rights, water quality control,
saline water conversion and flood control.
Illustrations of Work Performed:
Directs detailed staff study of State water planning, including analysis of historic flows of rivers tributary to the delta,
extent of diversions, historic and projected effects of planned state works on chlorinity encroachment, historic and existing
water rights, projected water needs in the Delta and effects of upstream drainage and seepage on the Delta, and related problems.
Directs preparation of reports for presentation to state agencies, illustrated by Graphic
Portrayal in Color and Symbol of the Effects of Salinity Encroachment in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Based Upon the Assumed
Construction and Operating Schedules of the Biemond Cross-Delta Transfer Plan. Provides technical analysis of legislative
proposals relating to the California Water resources development program and its effects upon Contra Costa County.
Confers with legislative committees, the State Department of Water Resources, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and other agencies.
Assembled technical information for the 1959 report,
Contra Costa County's Water Requirements: A Report to the Citizens from the Board of Supervisors Concerning (1) The Threat
of Deterioration of Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Water Supplies (2) The Program Required to Protect County Water Needs (3)
The County's Ultimate Water Needs.
Confers with representatives of other counties on technical aspects of formulating repayment contract terms for purchase of
California Water Resources Development System water from projected South Bay Aqueduct.
Contra Costa County Department of Public Works
Consultant on problems of water supply, water pollution, sewerage, refuse and garbage disposal, and air pollution, since 1954.
Advises on preparation for and appearances before legislative committees and administrative agencies. Consults on the recreational
uses of impounded water. Confers on possible location of U.S. saline water conversion plant at Antioch. Arranged and conducted
air-and-boat tour to familiarize leaders of Feather River Project Association with Delta problems and
Delta Concept in State water planning.
Southwest Contra Costa County Water District
Responsible for planning development of supplementary industrial water supply for Richmond area, including use of reclaimed
State Senate Interim Committee on Proposed Water Projects
Acting staff director, 1958-59, advised committee on all phases of state water planning and problems, arranged hearings, conferred
with the Department of water Resources and other agencies, and analyzed and reported to the committee on testimony, exhibits
and prior studies. Prepared questionnaire addressed to each county as to its water resources and needs, now and in the future,
and as to the effects and sufficiency of state proposals. In addition, directed an intensive study of Delta water problems
and possible effects of proposed cross-transfer works. Prepared committee's progress report to the Senate,
Study of Sufficiency of Proposals and Some Effects of the California Water Development Program, May 14, 1959.
East Bay Municipal Utility District.
Technical information and advisory services on effects upon salmon
fisheries of proposed Mokelumne River diversions and storage; preservation of the fisheries; and participation in negotiations
with interested agencies.
Standard Oil Company of California
Consultant on water supply, waste recovery, and disposal, and process problems since 1947.
Reconstruction Finance Corporation, Office of Rubber Reserve
Consultant on water supply and waste disposal needs at all California synthetic rubber plants of the RFC during world War
City of Hayward
Technical information and advisory services on solution of well water supply problems.
Canners League of California
Consultant, since 1950, on water supply and waste disposal problems. Advises on effects of water supply and sewerage service
California Sardine Products Institute and California Fish Canners
Analyzed water supply and waste disposal problems of the industry, recommending basis for water quality control program and
design of treatment facilities to meet water pollution control requirements.
Oakley County Water District
Technical information and advisory services on general plan for flood control.
Western Fruit and Vegetable Canners Association
Analyzed the magnitude of the California fruit and vegetable canning industry's contribution to pollution of waters of the
state and appraised how that responsibility is to be met in the future. Prepared
Report on Problem of Disposal of Processing Waste and Presentation of Facts Relating to the California Fruit and Vegetable
Tri-Valley Packing Company
Original design for canner waste disposal works to meet water pollution requirements at Stockton plant.