Water For Fire Extinguishing.

Issue 2 and Volume 1893 14.

Water For Fire Extinguishing. San Francisco has a “one-sided” contract with a water company, says The Coast Review. The advantage is chiefly on the side of the water company. The city pays for hydrants and for “placing” them, and pays also $30 a year for each hydrant. The amount of water consumed has nothing to do with the amount paid. Some hydrants are seldom or never used. If there are four hydrants on a block instead of two, no more water is used, but the city is required to pay twice as much. There would be no more water used in case of fire, though there were a dozen hydrants where there is now one. Firemen use only enough water to extinguish fire. Probably with more hydrants to the block there would be less water used. The firemen would be able to extinguish a fire sooner. This contract with the…

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