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Guide to the Metropolitan Waste Water Reclamation Project Collection
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Historical Note:
  • Access Terms
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Contents

  • 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

    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.