A LEAKY TWENTY-INCH PIPE.
The 20-in. pipe laid in Rock valley, when the waterworks system of Holyoke, Mass., was installed. being unable to stand the pressure from the new reservoir, burst in at least four places and has caused the service from the high-pressure pipes to be cast off till another pipe can be laid. It was found that to deal with some previous leaks it was found necessary to shut off the highpressure reservoir at once. The water from the high-pressure reservoir comes to the city in the old 20-in. pipe line laid at the bottom of the canal fotn the Ashley and Wright ponds reservoirs, which had been laid for over thirty years. The commissioners thought the pipes would stand the extra pressure until the projected new pipe line could he laid, and the water was turned in. The pipe being so old, however, leaks developed at once, and later, so large a leak developed that the reservoir was shut off. The pipe-line had been laid at the bottom of the canal, and, as the boiler used was not powerful enough to pump the water away, delay was caused till another boiler could he purchased. When the water had been pumped out, it was found that the pipe, unable to stand the strain, had burst. It was removed and another substituted, with the same result. This has shown that the old 20-in. line must be relaid. Meanwhile the water must he cut off for six months or possibly till late in the spring of 1907. About 6,000 feet of new pipe will be laid of sufficient size to accommodate the growing wants of the city. The cost will not be loss than $25,000.