October 6, 1906: Houston Buys Water Works

Ground Subsidence in Houston Area

October 6, 1906The City of Houston bought the private Water Works Company for $901,700—the amount of debt owed by the company. With the sale, the City acquired the Water Works plant, 55 wells and 65 miles of mains. The newly organized Water Department rapidly drilled sixty-six new artesian wells to augment the recently acquired infrastructure.

Commentary:  Go to This Day in Water History for September 25, 1982to see the consequences of the rapid withdrawal of groundwater under Houston–subsidence!

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