BRIEF WATERWORKS PARAGRAPHS OF THE WEEK
The profits from the municipal water plant, of Denison, Tex., for the fiscal year ending March 1, according to a report just filed with the city commission, were $10,252.57. A total of $13,467.14 was spent for improvements and extensions.
After many months of investigation during which the water supply question for Minneapolis has been considered exhaustively experts employed by the city recommend as the best possible plan, the use of Mississippi water, purified by a rapid filter system.
To inact the requirements of fire underwriters and to secure a reduction in the insurance rate, the city of Galveston, Tex. is planning to place its pumping plant in a separate building instead of running it in conjunction with the lighting plant as is now done.
A hill was introduced in the state legislature at Albany, N. Y., authorizing the construction of a dam at Conklingville, N. Y., 1,200 feet long, with a capacity of 29,000,000.000 cubic feet of water with a maximum supply of 36,900 cubic feet per second throughout the year.
In opposing the $20,000,000 bond issue favored by Governor Dencen, of Illinois, for water way purposes. Speaker ShurtlefF, of the state assembly, expresses the opinion that the sum authorized would only commence the work and in the end it would cost, probably, $50,000,000 or even $75,000,000.
The Springfield Consolidated Water Company, of Clifton Heights, Pa., which recently increased its minimum rate for water from $10 to $18 per annum, will have a strong competitor in Oakview, a small town in Upper Darby township, which will form a co-operative company composed of the property owners of the town.
Strong opposition has been aroused in Wenatchee, Wash., by the proposal to sell the municipal water plant to a private corporation. It is pointed out that a private company could furnish water to the city and to towns along the route, while a municipal corporation is prohibited from doing so.
The Baton Rouge Water Company, of Baton Rouge, La., in conformity with its argecment with the city has taken steps to have the receivership for the company appointed by the Federal Court in New Orleans dismissed, and the property of the water company returned to its copartners, so that a new corporation can he formed.
As a result of the investigation by the committee on waterworks and hoard of public works of the amount of water consumed in the schools and other public buildings of Ishpeming, Mich., the council decided hereafter to charge the hoards of education and the parochial school management for all water used at the regular rates.
The following figures will give an idea of the increased rate of consumption of water in Youngstown. O. during the past five years. In 1905, when o. filter plant was built, the
daily supply averaged 4,500,000 gallons, in 1906, 55,000,000 gallons; in 1907, 61,000,000 gallons; in 1908. 66,000.000 gallons; m 1909. 74,000.000 gallons.
Whether Plainfield, N. J., shall go ahead with plans to acquire the present water supply plant by purchase or condemnation proceedings, to be ready to operate under municipal ownership at the expiration of the present 10-year contract with the Plainfield-Utiion Water Company two years hence, is to he determined at a special election, April 10.
Mayor Schocneck, of Syracuse, N. Y., is planning for permanent protection to the water shed of Skaueateles Hake, from which source the city obtains its supply. It is suggested that a commission should be appointed to make an examination of the shed and recommend a plan of procedure for clearing along its shores.
An act exempting the Home Water Company from that part of a former resolution requiring all public corporations to refund, upon demand of the depositors, all deposits for meter use, was passed by the city council of Little Rock, Ark., on the ground that according to its franchise rights the company was entitled to charge a reasonable amount in advance for meter service.
The waterworks committee, of Aurora, Neb., after considerable investigation, has recommended to the city council the use of electric power at the city waterworks station. This recommendation has been unanimously adopted, and endorsed by the entire city council, and the proposition ordered voted upon at the spring election.
Grand Rapids is making a decided effort to have the proposed waiter bond issue passed. Large posters are being exhibited and thousands of smaller cards are being scattered about the city. Folders are being circulated among school children and a number of mass meetings have been planned. Even pay envelopes bear the slogan “Vote for pure water.”
Representatives of packing houses appeared before a council subcommittee in Chicago, 111., and endeavored to convince the aldermen that the proposed water plant for which a franchise is asked to supply the stockyards will not he injurious to the city. The aldermen insisted that it would deprive the city of $380,000 annual revenue. Another hearing will be held on the measure.
An irrigation project with the object of watering 30,000 acres near Bozeman, Mont., is to be undertaken this summer. The supply canal will he three miles long, carrying the water to the Norwegian basin, where a reservoir of 30,000 acre-feet will be constructed. This reservoir will have a 70-foot dam. The land with water-right privileges will sell for $24 an acre. Its altitude is 600 feet lower than Bozeman.
To ascertain what effect, if any, sewage emptying into the Ohio river has on the city’s water supply, E. F. Bahlman has been appointed assistant chemist in the waterworks department, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and will test samples of water taken at various points before and after the completion of the Fern Bank dam. He will also analyze samples from the Little and Great Miami and the Scioto rivers. The city will provide a motor boat for his use.
Atlanta’s water supply of the future was the subject discussed at a recent meeting of the chamber of commerce committee on water supply. It was the opinion of the committee that the time is coming when the section through which the Chattahoochee river flow’s will become thickly settled, and as a result the water will become fouled and unfit for use in the city. A subcommittee was appointed to confer with Rudolph Hering, C.E., on the subject.
At the annual town meeting held in Berlin, Conn., drastic resolutions against the city of Montpelier were adopted, which provided that no flash hoards shall he allowed on the dam at the lower end of Berlin pond, from which Montpelier obtains its water supply, that all honorable means will be used to obstruct the raising of the dam, and that the water department of Montpelier will he charged $10 a day when it is necessary to pump water from the upper to the lower pond.
The monthly statement of the Louisville Water Company shows a net income of $40,280.19, an increase over February of last year of $6,399.96. The gross income was $63,142.45, with total operating expenses of $16,976.03, and interest on notes and bonds of $5,886.23. A total of 653.993,171 gallons of water was used by consumers. The total amount of water pumped was 778.525.158 gallons. The total number of employes is given as 209. of which 83 are temporary and 126 permanent,
After making a number of tests of samples of water taken from different parts of the state, State Health Commissioner Samuel G. Dixon, of Pennsylvania, has issued an interesting statement relative to the germicidal effects of water from coal mines and tanneries upon certain disease bacilli in the water. His report goes to show that the volumes of fresh river water overcomes the acidity of the mine waters, the dilution being sufficient to preclude the possibility of germicidal effects of the acid mine drainage.
After months of investigation given to the proposed water improvement in Saginaw, Mich., the whole question has been submitted to a committee for settlement. Expert engineers recommend the installation of an intake pipe at $6,000, a low pumping station at $21,000, settling basins, at $67,000; softening plant, at $40,000; filters, at $115,000; a clear water basin, at $39,000; outside piping, at $37,000, and a clear water conduit, at $25,000.
The defects affecting San Antonio, Tex., as to fire hazard, most of which could be removed at a comparatively small cost, will tax the premium policy holders of that city, an estimated total of $270,000 a year. Among the improvements most urgently needed are a fireproof brick structure for the pumping station, the installation of an efficient meter system and the replacement of the one-way fire hydrants with the modern type, in the business section. The total cost of these improvements is computed at $15,000.
The assessed valuation of Paterson, N. J., for 1910, now being made, is estimated at $98,000,000, being based on the growth during the past few years. The bonded debt is $4,194,500. It is estimated that in 1911. when the trunk sewer is likely to be constructed, Paterson’s ratables will total $100,000,000, and the bonded debt will probably he about $4,500,000. The bill recently passed, relating to a trunk sew’er for the cities in the northeastern section of X’ew Jersey, emptying into New York bay, provides that no city shall be asesssed more than 2j4 per cent, of its assessed valuation for the work. As the cost has been figured out Paterson’s share will be about $2,500,000.
A work in tw o volumes by Delos F. Wilcox, Ph.D.. chief of the bureau of franchises of the public service commission for the district of New York, has been issued by the Gervaise J’ress and is being distributed by the Engineering News. The first volume contains 710 pages and deals with franchises generally and those relating to electric light, heat and power; water and water supply; sewer; central heating, and a number of other subjects. It is not only a voluminous but a very complete w’ork covering minutely all phases of the franchise question and all purposes for which it may be obtained.
A meeting of the commission on river pollution was called by Mayor Fletcher, of Providence, R. I., for the purpose of inquiring into the claims that the dumping of resultants from the precipitation plant of the city sewage system is affecting the oyster beds in the Narragansett bay. It is claimed by City Engineer Clapp that the city has but one barge at work conveying the refuse to the dumping ground in the bay just off Sandy Point, Prudence Island, while the Government. it is reported, dumps several barges there at almost regular intervals. The matter is being thoroughly investigated.
Ham Hall and his associates in the Tuolumne Water Supply Company are not satisfied with the agreement drawn between themselves and San Francisco, Cal., which provided that the city acquire by purchase, in the sum of $400,000, the Tuolumne river properties of the company and take an option in the sum of $600,000 on the Cherry valley holdings. This option w’as to he exercised within one year from its date, the city to pay to the Tuolumne Water Supply Company the amounts actually expended by it on the property from the date of signing the option until it shall be foreclosed. Modified terms have been asked for. requiring that the city pay the company $3,000 a month extra for one year, totalling $36,000.