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IMPROVEMENTS AT BUFFALO

Issue 26 and Volume 44.

IMPROVEMENTS AT BUFFALO Specially written for FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING. It was in 1879 that the waterworks system of Buffalo, N. Y., was installed by the Buffalo Waterworks company, which built a plant where the present pumping station of today stands. The water intake was at Bird’s Island river, and the waters of the Buffalo creek formed the source of supply. In 1867 the city bought the system; but it was not till 1894 that, in consequence of a severe outbreak of typhoid fever being traced to the polluted water of the Buffalo creek, the original intake was abandoned, and the water was taken from the intake-pier at the head of the river. In 19(12 and 1903 the fever broke out again, and again its source was the contaminated water of the river, which had become worse after the building of the north breakwater. That structure deflected the river water…

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