Leadership

THE CHICAGO WATERWORKS SYSTEM

Issue 3 and Volume 47.

THE CHICAGO WATERWORKS SYSTEM The greatest problem in its waterworks system that Chicago has to solve is its present water waste through leakage, imperfect plumbing and reckless household usage. To overcome this waste a survey division of the water department was organized two years ago and the result of its work has been to locate a great number of defective service pipes, faucets and concerns using excessive water. During the past year the water survey division has been conducting a systematic investigation and has surveyed approximately to square miles of the older and central portion of the city. This work consisted in laying out the city in districts ranging from 75 to 300 acres, analyzing the water consumption in each, and eliminating the waste and leakage as far as possible, making a total of 25 districts surveyed in this manner. The results of these surveys show that the rate of…

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