State Records Office of WA SROWA

Government of Western Australia, Department for Culture and the Arts.

AU WA A105 - METROPOLITAN WATER WORKS BOARD

Identity area

Type of entity

Corporate body

Legal Status Text

Statutory Authority

Authorized form of name

METROPOLITAN WATER WORKS BOARD

Other form(s) of name

Description identifier

AU WA A105

Description area

Dates of existence

1896-10-01 - 1909-04-01

History

Statute No. 19 of 1896 established the Metropolitan Water Works Board, comprising four persons. Three were appointed by the Governor and the fourth was the Mayor of Perth, Chairman Edward Keane. The Colonial Government purchased the water scheme from a private company, The City of Perth Water Works Company, 1891-1896. It was the Board's duty to pay to the Colonial Treasurer 220,000 pounds for the scheme.

In August 1898 a Parliamentary Select Committee was established to investigate the Board's activities. The Committee recommended two months later that control of the water works should be in the hands of a Government Department, the Engineer-in-Chief on the City of Perth, but not the present Board. The Board's members resigned. A new Board was appointed by the Premier under the chairmanship of William Traylen.

An amendment to the Waterworks Act in 1899 gave the Board power to cut off water for non-payment of rates. Following further controversey over the discovery of structural faults in the Mt. Eliza Reservoir, a second Parliamentary Select Committee of Inquiry was established. This Committee reported in 1902 that the Board's control of water works should not continue.

In 1904 the James Ministry introduced and enacted the Metropolitan Water and Sewerage Act. This legislation combined the activities of the three existing water supply schemes for Perth, Fremantle and Claremont under one Board. The latter was also to be responsible for sewerage disposal in those areas. The legislation was not proclaimed however, until April 1909.

In the period following the demise of the Traylen Board, and until April 1909, the Minister of Works was responsible for water supply and sewerage. This control was exercised through an amendment to the 1896 Act (No. 31 of 1904) passed towards the end of 1904 session. Ministerial control meant that the Public Works Department carried out the Board's functions after October 1904. It's main achievement was the first stage completion, (1906 to 1912) of a metropolitan sewerage scheme. Until the proclamation of the 1904 Act, work on this scheme continued under the construction provisions of the Public Works Act 1902.

Places

Functions, occupations and activities

Mandates/sources of authority

Creation: Metropolitan Water Works Act No. 19, 1896
Metropolitan Water Works Amendment Act No. 31, 1904
Public Works Act 1902

Internal structures/genealogy

General context

Relationships area

Related entity

AU WA A110 - METROPOLITAN WATER AUTHORITY (1982-07-01 - 1985-07-01)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A110

Category of the relationship

Succeeding

Dates of the relationship

1896-01-01 - 1909-01-01

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A8 - WATER AUTHORITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA (1985-07-01 - 1996-01-01)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A8

Category of the relationship

Succeeding

Dates of the relationship

1896-01-01 - 1909-01-01

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A1199 - WATER CORPORATION (1996-01-01 -)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A1199

Category of the relationship

Succeeding

Dates of the relationship

1896-01-01 - 1909-01-01

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A8 - WATER AUTHORITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA (1985-07-01 - 1996-01-01)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A8

Category of the relationship

Succeeding

Dates of the relationship

1985-01-01 - 1995-12-31

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A110 - METROPOLITAN WATER AUTHORITY (1982-07-01 - 1985-07-01)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A110

Category of the relationship

Succeeding

Dates of the relationship

1982-01-01 - 1985-01-01

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A109 - METROPOLITAN WATER SUPPLY SEWERAGE AND DRAINAGE BOARD (1964-07-01 - 1982-07-01)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A109

Category of the relationship

Succeeding

Dates of the relationship

1964-01-01 - 1982-01-01

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A108 - METROPOLITAN WATER SUPPLY, SEWERAGE AND DRAINAGE DEPARTMENT (1910-01-01 - 1964-07-01)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A108

Category of the relationship

Succeeding

Dates of the relationship

1910-01-01 - 1964-01-01

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A106 - METROPOLITAN BOARD OF WATER SUPPLY AND SEWERAGE (1909-04-01 - 1910-01-01)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A106

Category of the relationship

Succeeding

Dates of the relationship

1909-04-01 - 1910-01-01

Description of relationship

Related unit of description

Series S83 - FILES - GENERAL [1]

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1896-10-01 - 1909-04-01

Control area

Rules and/or conventions used

Status

Final

Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Sources

Archivist's notes

Administrative History Notes Refs: Building a State, J.S.H. Le Page. Water Authority of W.A. 1986. A History of Water Supply Sewerage and Drainage in Metropolitan Perth - S.J. Hunt (Unpublished typescript) Metropolitan Water Board 1979