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WATER SUPPLY BY COMPRESSED AIR FOR LOS ANGELES.

Issue 15 and Volume 37.

WATER SUPPLY BY COMPRESSED AIR FOR LOS ANGELES. The water supply of Los Angeles, California, has in the past been received by gravity, only a few higher parts of the city being supplied by pumping into the mains. The growth of the city, however, has made an additional supply necessary, and a pumping plant is to be installed in the southwestern part of the city near Slauson Junction, where wells have been bored to water-bearing strata lying sixty to 200 feet below the surface. As these wells are too deep to permit of their operation by pumping engines located on the surface, and as it would be commercially impracticable to pump them by deep-well pumps, with long plunger rods, and, again, very costly to excavate pumping stations underground near the water level, it has been decided to operate them with compressed air, which offers the further advantages of aerating and…

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