AU WA A107 - WATER SUPPLY, SEWERAGE AND DRAINAGE DEPARTMENT

Identity area

Type of entity

Corporate body

Legal Status Text

Department

Authorized form of name

WATER SUPPLY, SEWERAGE AND DRAINAGE DEPARTMENT

Other form(s) of name

Description identifier

AU WA A107

Description area

Dates of existence

1912-01-01 - 1921-01-01

History

Following the election of a Labor government to office in October 1911, legislation was introduced to amalgamate the various water supplies throughout the State. The new Department assumed responsibilities for the following activities on 1 August 1912:


  • the Goldfields Water Supply undertaking;
  • the Metropolitan Water Supply, Sewerage and Drainage undertaking;
  • Agricultural and Country Town water supplies, Irrigation and drainage, artesian boring;
  • water supplies, stock routes in Mining Districts.

(North West water supplies continued to be managed by the Engineer for the North West in the Public Works Department)

The Under-Secretary of the Department was H.C. Trethowan and the two joint engineering heads were Hugh Oldham for Metropolitan and Agricultural areas and P.V. O'Brien for Goldfields and Northern Areas.

During the life of the Department, projects of major importance included the overhaul of the Coolgardie water supply pipeline and the beginning of the irrigation scheme at Harvey.

In 1914 the Metropolitan region was expanded to include Armadale, Guildford and Midland. During that year Perth, Fremantle and Claremont were consolidated into a central district. During 1916 and 1917 local councillors and Liberal politicians pressured the Government to reinstate Board control for the Metropolitan concerns. Between April and June 1918, the latter's functions were split administratively from the rest of the Department. Both organisations remained part of the same Department until 1921. In that year the MWSS & DD was established and the Public Works Department assumed formal control of the country operations.

Places

Functions, occupations and activities

Mandates/sources of authority

Creation: Water Supply, Sewerage & Drainage Act 1912

Internal structures/genealogy

General context

Relationships area

Related entity

AU WA A393 - DERBY WATER BOARD (1919-01-01 - 1956-01-01)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A393

Category of the relationship

Succeeding

Dates of the relationship

1919-01-01 - 1921-01-01

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A16 - DEPARTMENT OF MINES (1894-01-01 - 1992-07-01)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A16

Category of the relationship

Preceding

Dates of the relationship

1894-01-01 - 1912-01-01

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A7 - PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT (1901-01-01 - 1985-01-01)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A7

Category of the relationship

Preceding

Dates of the relationship

1829-01-01 - 1912-01-01

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 A1526 - KATANNING WATER BOARD (1918-01-01 -)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A1526

Category of the relationship

Superior

Dates of the relationship

1918-01-01 - 1920-12-30

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A653 - MEEKATHARRA WATER BOARD (1912-10-04 - 1957-12-31)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A653

Category of the relationship

Superior

Dates of the relationship

1912-10-04 - 1921-01-01

Description of relationship

Related entity

AU WA A1523 - WAGIN WATER BOARD (1912-01-01 -)

Identifier of the related entity

AU WA A1523

Category of the relationship

Superior

Dates of the relationship

1912-01-01 - 1920-12-31

Description of relationship

Related unit of description

Series S406 - FILES - GENERAL [2]

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1912-01-01 - 1921-01-01

Related unit of description

Series S474 - GOLDFIELDS WATER SUPPLY - RATE BOOK

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1915-01-01 - 1916-12-31

Related unit of description

Series S4128 - FILES - PERSONAL

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1910-01-01 -

Related unit of description

Series S84 - SURVEYORS FIELD BOOKS AND LEVEL BOOKS [METROPOLITAN PERTH]

Role

Creation

Description of relationship

Dates of relationship

1912-01-01 - 1921-01-01

Control area

Rules and/or conventions used

Status

Final

Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Sources

Archivist's notes

Administrative History Note Sources: "Building a State", J.S.H. Le Page, Water Authority of W.A., 1986, "A History of Water Supply Sewerage & Drainage in Metroplitan Perth", Su Jane Hunt (unpublished typescript), 1979.