Economic Water System Alterations

Issue 27 and Volume 78.

Economic Water System Alterations How the City of Philadelphia Took Advantage of Subway Construction, Thus Avoiding Expense of Excavations—Some Problems Involved THE following paper outlines some of the problems met by the Bureau of Water, Philadelphia, in connection with the building of the subway in that city, and also shows how the bureau took advantage of the work to relocate and alter old mains and pipes which had been laid for some years: To visualize the water distribution system and its relation to Broad Street where the present work on subway construction is active, it is in order to digress from the main subject and outline briefly a history covering location and water lines involved. History of Philadelphia’s Water Supply System An early means of furnishing water to Philadelphia was through a pumping station located and built during the year 1799 on the Schuylkill River at Chestnut Street. Here an…

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