Council Bluffs’ Water Works a Source of Profit

Issue 25 and Volume 53.

Council Bluffs’ Water Works a Source of Profit Two years ago Council Bluffs, Ia., made the experiment of municipal ownership, so far as concerned its water works system. It has found it to be a paying proposition. The plant was badly run down and much of it needed rebuilding. Before long it will have thoroughly rebuilt and greatly extended, especially in the direction of the Hill district. During the past two years there have been laid close upon 15 miles of new main and a new 8,000,000-gallon settling basin has been added to the system. The mains were nearly all too small to furnish proper fire protection and extensions were called for. The machinery was old fashioned and inefficient, causing a needless expenditure of money to operate it. New fireproof buildings have been erected at the river station, a new boilerhouse at the Broadway pumping plant, and new pumping machinery…

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