Leadership

The Boston High Pressure System

Issue 21 and Volume 60.

The Boston High Pressure System The high water pressure system of Boston, Mass., is. it is said, in such condition that no one can predict what might happen if it were called into play in case of a conflagraation. Not one section of the entire system, according to J. A. Rourke, engineer in charge of the high pressure system, comes up to the specifications as to leakage. He said: “In the first place there are many dead ends where there should be none. In the second place the hydrant valves are not properly tied to the mains, with the result that they are in a weak state. I have been obliged to order 19 openings in the streets to date, at times making holes in newly permanently paved streets, while the contractors have made many openings, and the end is not vet. It appears that in some instances the con…

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