Inadequate Pumping Capacity at Joliet.

Issue 24 and Volume 44.

Inadequate Pumping Capacity at Joliet. E. R. Townsend, an hydraulic engineer for the Illinois inspection bureau, has reported upon the waterworks system of Joliet. Ill., as follows: After outlying the congested district the report says “Pumping capacity meets 43 per cent. of requirements and distributing system, hydrants, valves, etc., meet 60 per cent. of requirements. Prominent deficiencies are the apparent inadequate supply of water, comparatively small pumping capacity and inefficient distributing system. On account of the inefficient condition of the present waterworks system and the inadequate water supply no recommendations are offered at this time, in asmttch as the probable cost to rehabilitate the same to meet satisfactory fire service would be almost as great as the cost qf the installation of an independent high-nressure system, which would provide for an efficient means of fighting fire.”

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