Baltimore Water Service Increased Forty Million Gallons
According to Walter E. Lee, engineer of the Baltimore, Md., water works, the installation of a 40,000,000-gallon motordriven centrifugal pump at the filtration plant was necessary to maintain an adequate supply of treated water during the hot months, and would be ready for its test within a week. There are now four similar pumps in service. The five pumps, in connection with the filters, will provide the department with a total daily pumping capacity of 200,000,000 gallons of water. Mr. Lee stated that the maximum daily consumption was now 150,000,000 gallons, the heaviest demand being from 8 o’clock in the morning until 4 o’clock in the afternoon, which he designated as the “factory working hours.” To meet the demand during the “factory working hours” it is necessary, he explained, to speed up and overload the filters, the daily capacity of which, under ordinary conditions, is but 128,000,000 gallons. Mr. Lee stated that the stream flow was sufficient to prevent anything like a water famine in Baltimore, that the department could keep on overloading the filters, if necessary. He said he did not want to do it, however, because of the scarcity and high cost of chemicals. If it should come to a pinch, the department could turn in raw water, and keep the city well supplied with present facilities. Looking forward to the extension of the city limits under the annexation act of the last legislature, Mr. Lee has made plans for the enlargement of the department’s storage facilities and for laying additional mains. He said he would be ready to put these plans into effect as soon as the Court of Appeals upheld the validity of the act. which the municipal officials are expecting it to do next Tuesday. “We will have plenty of water for the new territory,” the engineer stated.