Seattle contracts to sell Renton water on February 7, 1905.

  • By Alan J. Stein
  • Posted 1/01/2000
  • Essay 2102

On February 7, 1905, the City of Seattle enters into contract to sell the Town of Renton water drawn from Seattle's Cedar River Water System. The pipelines from the Cedar River system, Seattle's new water supply, pass beneath Renton on their way to Seattle.

In 1931, Seattle consolidated the pipelines into a new franchise in order to replace the 42-inch pipes with 66-inch pipes. Seattle paid Renton $30,000 in cash for allowing it to tear up Renton streets in order to replace the waterways.


Mary McWilliams, Seattle Water Department History 1854-1954 (City of Seattle: Dogwood Press, 1955), 16-18.

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