Break in Main at Youngstown, O.

Break in Main at Youngstown, O.

A break in 16-inch main, connecting the city pumping station at Youngstown, Ohio, with the South Side standpipe, necessitated the closing of all South Side mains to remove the pressure from the one in which the break occurred and an auto fire engine from the central station was used to clear the main of water after the valves had been closed and to pump the water from the trench so that the repair squad could work. The first intimation that a break had occurred came about 7 o’clock in the morning, when ⅛ employee of the pumping station noticed a great flow of water coming from an open trench in which the new line under the river is to be laid. He immediately telephoned to the filter plant that there was a break on that side of the river and investigation showed that it had occurred directly in front of the filter station. To give the South Side water while repairs were in progress, water was pumped to north hill standpipe, and that when a sufficient head of water was secured there it would run by gravity through the Brier Hill mains and thence to the South Side pipe, so that towards evening the South Side got water. The photograph reproduced herewith is by courtesy of the Youngstown “Vindicator.”

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