ARTESIAN WELLS FOR KANSAS CITY.
H. A. Brower, proprietor of the Kansas City, Mo., Cooperage company, believes that the solution whereby a pure and adequate quantity of water can be obtained in Kansas City is in the drilling of wells. He says that other cities of the country are relying upon wells, and that they are working out with success everywhere. It could be the case in Kansas City, also, he insists. Two years ago he drilled a well 187 feet deep at the plant, and it is furnishing water right along. There was a four-inch hole left after the well was cased. He put a seventy-five-horsepower boiler to work pumping on the well, and, after keeping that up for twenty-four hours, the water was lowered about twenty feet. It had already come up within a short distance of the top of the drill hole. The water comes clear and cold —a fine drinking quality of water. He uses sixty barrels a day in the boilers of his plant and he has never yet been obliged to remove a tablespoonful of scale. If he was using river water or other surface water, he would have to stop often and clean the boilers. He adds: “There seems to be a great sheet of water underneath us here. It is not on the same level as the Missouri river, and it is of almost absolute purity. I believe Kansas City at a relatively slight cost could sink as many wells as were desired and secure a neverfailing supply of water as ‘soft’ and pure as that to be found anywhere. It could be pumped from these wells to reservoirs or some of the surroundinf hills and distributed over the city from there as desired.’’
As a mark of appreciation for the good work done at a fire in a new department house, owned by Israel Weinberg, of New Haven, Conn., Chief Rufus handler received a check for $25 for the Firemen’s Benefit association.