“Blue Monday” Causes Heavy Consumption
According to Phil. Carlin, the veteran superintendent of the Sioux City, Ia., water department, the family wash day causes relatively heavier consumption of water than does an occasional hot spell. He estimated that the average extra amount of water used in washing on Mondays amounts to 1,500,000 gallons. Of course long continued dry and hot weather will call for greater consumption of water, and the dry spells can be traced on the records kept by the water department. The greatest consumption on any single day this summer in Sioux City was June 22, when 8,465,000 gallons were used. This mark was neared on two other days, June 15, with 8,361,000 gallons, and again on July 15, with 8,180,000 gallons. The most used on any day this month was 6,635,000 on August 1, which is an average demand.
The record held for water consumption is 9,175,000 gallons on August 21, 1919, and for a period during that month the consumption was around 8,000,000 a day. This was at the time, however, Mr. Carlin said, when the packing houses were using more city water than at present.
A Pitometer survey of the water department of Sandusky, Ohio, is now being conducted and is well under way.