In appearance, the Pulgas Water Temple is a smaller scale of the Palace of the Arts, a structure which was built for the Worlds Fair Of 1915 in San Francisco. While it is smaller it is still an impressive view. The water system connected to the temple was approved of after the 1906 Earthquake when a realization begun that water to the city needed to be sourced from another location. The Pulgas Water Temple was built in 1938 after the nearby reservoir had been established.
Freshwater that reaches the Pulgas Water Temple reflection pool, and the nearby reservoir, comes from Hetch Hetchy, a body of water in Yosemite.
One can see the words inscribed on top of the Pulgas Water Temple, “I give waters in the wilderness and rivers in the desert to give drink to my people”.