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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administration Information
  • History
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Collections

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Dominguez Water Corporation Collection
    Dates: 1910-1986
    Collection Number: Consult repository.
    Creator: Dominguez Water Corporation
    Extent: 8 boxes (4.5 linear feet)
    Repository: California State University, Dominguez Hills Archives and Special Collections
    Archives amp; Special Collection
    University Library, Room G-145
    1000 E. Victoria Street
    Carson, California 90747
    Phone: (310) 243-3013
    URL: http://archives.csudh.edu/
    Abstract: This collection includes legal documents, correspondence, monthly and yearly financial reports, receipts, photographs, and an artifact. Subjects include payroll, budgets, construction, and residential and industrial water supply.
    Language: Collection material is in English

    Administration Information


    There are no access restrictions on this collection.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Title of item], Dominguez Water Corporation Collection, Courtesy of the Department of Archives and Special Collections. University Library. California State University, Dominguez Hills

    Acquisition Information

    The collection was received in the late 1980s with the help of Professor Judson Grenier. It was likely transferred from the original pumphouse on Alameda Street in Compton. Additions to the collection have been made by archival staff members

    Project Information

    This finding aid was created as part of the Early Los Angeles/Rancho San Pedro Manuscript Cataloging Project, a CSU Dominguez Hills Library project funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The project started in 2005. Project Director was Greg Williams. Project Archivists were Thomas Philo and Jennifer Allan Goldman.


    The Dominguez Water Company was founded in 1911 in an effort to provide a reliable source of water to the Rancho San Pedro lands. The first board included Henry O’Melveny, Kaspare Cohn, and representatives from the Watson, Carson, and Del Amo families. Even with a growing consumer base, the cost of maintenance and operations kept the company from earning a profit. In 1914, the winter flooding damaged pipes, wells, and equipment. The earthquake of 1933 also damaged the pumping plant and equipment. By 1936, the company was heavily in debt to the Dominguez Estate Company and the County Superior Court ordered the Water Company to sell its assets to the Estate Company. The following year, it was incorporated as the Dominguez Water Corporation, a subsidiary of the Dominguez Estate Company.
    In 1940, the Water Corporation was granted public utility status, which allowed it to expand its service area to locations outside of Los Angeles, including the Antelope Valley and Kern County. In the 2000-2001 fiscal year, the Water Corporation was purchased by the California Water Services Group and ceased operations as a stand-alone utility. Major figures in the Corporation included Superintendent Egbert P. Tallon, his son Thomas Tallon, and Resident Engineer George Hand.
    The collection was received in the late 1980s with the help of Professor Judson Grenier. It was likely transferred from the original pumphouse on Alameda Street in Compton. Additions to the collection have been made by archival staff members.

    Scope and Content

    This collection consists of documents from the business operations of the Water Company. The bulk of the documents are financial in nature, including yearly and monthly reports, receipts, and other records. Major figures in this collection include Water Company Superintendent Thomas V. Tallon and Resident Engineer George Hand. The collection has been organized into six series.


    Arranged in seven series:
    • Series I. Financial Documents (1921-1986)
    • Series II. Legal Documents (1910-1961)
    • Series III. Correspondence (1911-1975)
    • Series IV. Reports (1950-1960)
    • Series V. Pamphlets (circa 1986)
    • Series VI. Photographs (1985)
    • Series VII. Artifact (1972)

    Indexing Terms


    Public utilities—Earthquake effects—Los Angeles County
    Public utilities—Public relations
    Public utilities—Rates
    Torrance (Calif.)—History
    Water conservation—Los Angeles County
    Water distribution—Pipes
    Water engineering and management
    Water resources
    Water rights–California–Los Angeles—history
    Water utilities–California—Los Angeles County
    Water utilities—Employees

    Personal Names

    Hand, George H.
    Kohn, Kaspare
    O’Melveny, Henry
    Tallon, Thomas V.

    Corporate Names

    Dominguez Water Company
    California Public Utilities Comission
    Watson Land Company
    Dominguez Estate Company

    Related Collections

    Rancho San Pedro Collection
    Rancho San Pedro Reference Collection