Leadership

Small Water Works and Fire Prevention

Issue 24 and Volume 75.

Small Water Works and Fire Prevention The designing of the small town water works distribution system presents comparatively as hard a problem as does that of the larger city. This may not appear at first sight to be true. Naturally, more complex questions, such as varying pressures, more exacting demands on account of higher buildings and greater extent of territory arise in the larger cities. But the equally serious problem of finance is the big crux in the smaller municipalities. This is particularly true in the matter of fire protection. The designer of the small town distribution system naturally cuts his pattern according to his cloth. This means that, especially in the thinly settled sections, mains will be laid of as small diameter as will be consistent with a fair water supply to the few houses whose services draw on the mains. The consequence will be that probably 4-inch mains…

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