Oasis In The Valley: The Story of Water in Tempe
Mark E. Pry’s Oasis In The Valley: The Story of Water in Tempe details the importance of water in the growth and sustainability of Tempe and the surrounding area. With the implementation of the city’s first municipal water system in 1902, much of the water was used for irrigation. Today most is used for residential consumption, schools, offices, factories, and parks.
Also includes chapters on pioneer irrigators, taming the Salt River, from wells to water taps, the postwar boom, and more.
This booklet, from Mark E. Pry, talks about the concern for water in Tempe since the area was first settled in the late 1860s. Central to the town’s development, in 1902, Tempe built its first municipal water system, with much of the water being used for farm irrigation. Today almost all of the water is for home consuption, apartments, schools, offices, factories, and parks.
Also included are chapters on pioneer irrigators, watering the fields of Tempe, the village by the river, from wells to water taps, taming the Salt River, fueling the postwar boom, and many more.
Published by Buckingham Books.