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How to Prevent Electrolysis.

Issue 24 and Volume 1893 14.

How to Prevent Electrolysis. At the recent meeting of the American Water works Association the subject of electroiitic action upon water pipes, due to the proximity of street railway return currents, was discussed, and the same subject has been treated by O. M. Rau, electric engineer of the Milwaukee Street Railway Company. Mr. Rau set forth his views in a paper read Monday evening before the Wisconsin Electric Club. In one case, which he does not consider an extreme one, Mr. Rau calculated that the amount of current carried by an iron water pipe in one of the streets of Milwaukee was five amperes, and he says that the electroiitic action of this amount of current in a favorable soil is considerable. If there were a leakage from the rail to the pipe throughout its entire length, Mr. Rau says, there would be no trouble for a long time to…

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