A New Source of Water Waste
A recent dispatch appearing in the daily papers from Paris, France, suggests a new worry for the much vexed water superintendents, or, at any rate, those who are at the head of departments whose services are not metered. This item describes a newly invented miniature water turbine that can be affixed to the kitchen faucet and which will by the ordinary city water pressure develop sufficient power to drive a dynamo and to supply enough electricity to furnish a household with electric light and to do ordinary family cooking by electricity. The occasion of this announcement from the French city was a meeting at the French Academy of Sciences and the individual who suggested this instrument of modern utility was no less than the well-known savant E. Colardeau. While the general use of such a turbine would, no doubt, be a great blessing to the householder, in view of the added cost of electricity and fuel,, it opens up a problem for the water works man that, should the device become general in its application, would have to be faced in the added consumption of water in each household its use would entail. A turbine of this description running several hours per day in each household would consume many millions of gallons per diem, assuming of course, that its use became general. Naturally all of this is supposititious, but it is easily within the range of possibility, especially in view of the added cost of such necessaries of life as fuel and light.