The material currently held gives a very fragmented picture of the work of the Authority. Files cover a diverse range of topics, and originate from a number of the different divisions and districts which have existed over time. They include papers of the Nottingham Water Supply Division Management Committee (1974-1975), files belonging to the Photographer of Lower Trent Division (1978-1981), a press file of newspaper cuttings relating to the Authority and general water issues (1975-1977), location maps and lists of water works of the Nottingham District (1974-1977). Of particular interest are research papers on the history of Stoke Bardolph Water Reclamation Works for its centenary (1978-1980), and a collection of tender documents and plans relating to the restoration of Wilford Suspension Bridge, Nottingham, in 1983-1984 (RWA/F).
There is a fairly comprehensive run of minutes, from 1974 to the early 1980s, of the Authority and its various committees, including the Land Drainage Committee, Policy and Resources Committee, Water Amenity Committee, Recreation and Fisheries Committee, Water Management Committee, and the Fisheries Advisory Committee. Very few annual reports are present. (RWA/G).
These is a large volume of photographic material (RWA/Ph), including an indexed Lower Trent Division collection of contact sheets and slides showing various works, aerial photographs of water works and flooding incidents, and staff portraits (some intended for use in 'Downstream', the newspaper for staff of the Lower Trent Division). Also present are assorted bundles of often un-labelled or undated photographs showing construction work at various pumping stations and water reclamation works in Nottinghamshire, some of which had been used for Nottingham District displays. There is a variety of material relating to Papplewick Pumping Station, Nottingham, including photographs of the interior and the disused underground reservoir.
The small collection of plans (RWA/P) of various dates are mostly Lower Trent Division drawings and sections of reservoir improvements, including Belle Vue Reservoir in Nottingham and Redhill Reservoir, Nottinghamshire, work on mains pipes, at Basford, Nottingham, and a series of Nottingham Water Supply Division plans (dating back to 1971) relating to easements for the Southern Area trunk main.
Printed material (RWA/Pr) includes a series of issues of the 'Stream' newspaper for the period 1978-1981, published by the Authority for all Severn Trent and East Worcestershire Waterworks Company employees, which provides useful information about the day to day work of the Authority, its technical developments, and staff members, etc. Also present are commemorative publications relating to Stoke Bardolph Water Reclamation Works, a thesis on river navigation, various technical reports, and a bundle of pamphlets and leaflets aimed at the general public or intended to communicate to children the issues around the treatment of water, water conservation, water safety, etc.