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FIRE AND WATER

Issue 5 and Volume 1895 16.

FIRE AND WATER A SERIOUS break in the large steel conduit of the East Jersey Water Company caused considerable inconvenience and loss of water this week. The break occurred where the conduit crosses the Passaic River at Little Falls upon a steel bridge supported by stone piers. At this place the pipe is forty-eight inches in diameter, and is laid upon the bridge in saddles and housed in with matched boards and packed in sawdust. The cause of the leak is said to be the cold weather, which contracted the pipe in the total length of the bridge, so much as to tear away one of the rivetred joints near the bank of river. Out of opening made in the conduit the twenty-four inches wide about one million gallons per day were discharged into the river. Before steel was adopted for the construction of this conduit, considerable discussion took place…

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