Our objective is to provide a solid source of objective information on water and energy issues facing Southern California and the West. Also, to preserve the regional history of Water and Electricity and show its role in the development and growth of the City of Los Angeles.



The best way to quickly see what we're up to is to visit our quarterly Newsletters page and check out the items of interest to you. The latest newsletter has its own link just below.





Click HERE to see the July 2015 Newsletter.




Historical Record Committee Update

An important part of the mission of the Water and Power Associates (Associates) is to provide information on the role that LADWP has played in the development of the City of Los Angeles and Southern California. Included in this is seeing that the Historic Record is preserved and that it is made more accessible to the public and scholars.

While there have been a number of excellent exhibits presented over the years, the Associates have been encouraging the development of a permanent exhibit where the LADWP’s story can be presented and the public encouraged to delve more deeply into the history.

Recently the El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument and LADWP have been investigating the expansion of the Museum’s existing Water exhibit (which is largely inaccessible due to ADA access issues). This will allow for a larger exhibit space, in which a more complete story of LADWP’s role in the establishment of Los Angeles can be presented within the context of the Monument’s mission of presenting the history of Los Angeles from its founding through 1931. The Zanja Madre runs underneath the exhibit space and would be visible to the visitors. There would also be space for rotating exhibits where more modern history and current water and energy issues facing Los Angeles and Southern California could be addressed.

The Associates is also encouraging space to be set aside so that visitors can have computer access to the Associates Virtual Museum and LADWP’s collection of historic documents as they become available in through the LADWP website in the next few years.
As the plans are further developed the Associates will also be looking at the opportunity to assist the effort through arranging for its members to volunteer as docents for the exhibit.

We look forward to seeing this valuable addition to the Museum and assisting in moving the project forward.


Gerald A. Gewe
Chair Historical Record Committee


Click HERE for more on the Historical Record Committee




What’s New!

We invite you to visit our newest Virtual Museum Section: Early Boylston Street Yard

Boylston Street Yard played a vital role in providing electrical power to the city of Los Angeles since 1896.

The following three historical sections were also recently added to our Virtual Museum:





Special Collections

In our Virtual Museum Section, we now offer links to special collections, papers and databases that provide unique and diverse perspectives into the history of the municipal water system in Los Angeles during the 20th century.

These collections, hosted by the CSUN Oviatt Digital Library and sponsored by Metabolic Studios, offer researchers insight into the unique history of urban development and the evolution of the municipal water system in Los Angeles. Records in the collections chronicle the roles played by politicians and local politics; private business and industry; civic organizations; and local, state, and federal governmental agencies invested in providing water to the city’s rapidly growing population.






Mystery History

Test your knowledge of Los Angeles History by visiting our Mystery History Section.


Click HERE to visit our Mystery History Section.





Featured Historical Interview

For an inisghtful perspective on the relationship between Owens Valley and the City of Los Angeles following the construction of the LA Aqueduct as well as the dynamics between early DWP management and City Officials, read the transcripts of a Steve Erie interview with Robert V. Phillips, Chief Engineer and General Manager of DWP, 1972-75 (Both Mr. Phillips and his father knew and worked with William Mulholland and H. A. Van Norman).


Robert Phillips Interview:     Part 1 --- Part 2 --- Part 3




Virtual Museum

Visit our Museum Section to see how Water and Electricity contributed to the development of the City of Los Angeles.


Click HERE to visit our Virtual Musem.




Have Something Historical To Share?  We Want To Know!

Do you have items to share? We would welcome photos of old buildings, early city views, correspondence, newspapers, early sports teams, and events that pertain to the History of Water and Electricity and/or the History of Los Angeles and Southern California in general. If you would like to retain the originals, we would be happy to scan the items and return them to you.

Take a look in your attics, and think of what you can help us collect for future generations to enjoy! If interested, please contact us at: webmaster@waterandpower.org.

Note: Water and Power Associates, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 organization, and donations are deductible to the extent permitted by law.