Filtration at Reading

Issue 9 and Volume 53.

Filtration at Reading It seems likely that the entire water supply of Reading, Pa., will be filtered before the end of the present year when the Maiden creek filtration plant is completed, as it will be very soon. Ten years ago Reading began the work of filtration, sand filtration being the method adopted. The first plant installed was the Egelman, which consists of two open beds of sand each 40 by 45 feet, and each with a capacity of 250,000 gallons per day. This plant was put into service on June 11, 1903. On May 11, 1905, the Antietam filters were installed. These consist of three open sand beds, each 108 by 144 feet, their daily capacity being 1,750,000 gallons apiece. The Bernhart filters followed. This plant consists of six covered slow-sand beds, each with a daily capacity of 750,000 gallons and each measuring 71 by 138 feet. These beds…

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