BRIEF WATERWORKS PARAGRAPHS

BRIEF WATERWORKS PARAGRAPHS

A complete waterworks plant has been installed at Glen Durnie, Md.

Water from Fish Creek has been admitted to the mains in Rome, N. Y.

Newark, N. J,, is buying property in small parcels, all about the Wanaque watershed.

Blackwell, Okla., will dam the Chikaski river, forming an immense reservoir, and have an up to-date waterworks system.

Mountain City, Tenn., will be receiving water in a few days from its new water supply system, which is rapidly nearing completion.

The public water company that owns the water supply system of Ottumwa, la., has refused the city’s offer of $235,000 for the plant and demands $275,000.

The city council of Moberly, Mo., has purchased the plant of the Moberly Waterworks Company for the sum of $85,000 and are believed to have secured a bargain.

Kenosha, Wis., in order to obtain a good supply of pure water, will build a new intake a mile and a half out into the lake at a cost of between $90,000 and $185,000.

Thorndale Water Company, Thorndale, Tex., has been incorporated with a capital stock of $4,000. Incorporators: E. L. Rasberry, John A. Lehman. W. A. Allcorn and others.

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By a contract recently signed, Timnath, Colo., is to be allowed to tap the Greeley water system for $8,000 annually. The contract can be cancelled at any time.

New Haven, Conn., consumes 83,000,000 gallons of water a day and reservoirs arc being constructed that will enable the water company to take care of even a much larger demand.

Guntersville and Marshall City, Ala., have agreed to consolidate and the merged municipalities will issue $80,000 in bonds, part of which will be employed for laying water mains.

The Knoxville, Tenn., Water Commission will appoint an expert engineer as successor to Mtrjor 11. M. Aiken, resigned, as manager of the waterworks plant.

The establishment of a non-partisan, nonpolitical commission to carry on the business of the waterworks of Rock Island, Ill., is under consideration.

Binghamton, N. Y., is surveying for a new reservoir at an altitude that will insure an abundant supply of water at good working pressure, for firefighting purposes.

The waterworks at Silvis, 111., will shortly be supplying water to the village. The pumps are installed in the well and rapid progress is being made with the connections.

At a recent special town meeting, held in Medway, Mass., a proposition to equip the town with a water system, at a cost of $55,000, failed to receive the necessary two-thirds vote to warrant the bond issue.

A statement made shows that it cost Philadelphia $30 to deliver J ,000.000 gallons of water to the consumers, and that the revenue was about $30. Taking the interest into consideration matters would lie about even.

A new water plant at Shirley. Ind., will be completed in a few weeks. This is the result of a persistent agitation for fire protection in a community that has suffered greatly from fires during the last year.

First branch of Baltimore city council have amended the appropriation of $1,000,000, out of the $5,000,000 water loan, for the purchase of the property of the Warren Mfg. Company, by reducing it to $350,000.

A charter has been issued for the Begins Water Company to supply water in Begins township, Schuylkill county, Pa. The company is in the hands of Schuylkill county people, including V. W. Quegal and F. B. Barnd, of Begins.

The installation ot a new post water system, to cost between $30,000 and $40,000, is otic of the improvements Uncle Sam will make at the army post of Fort Logan, Colo., in the near future.

Edgewood, the new residential addition to Birmingham, Ala., is all sold and is being built up so rapidly that the Birmingham Waterworks Company, have arranged to lay mains to supply it with water and fire protection.

Almost 100 miles of new water mains have been laid in the city of Tacoma during the past year, upwards of $150,000 having been expended during the twelve months on the extension of the system.

Boise City, Okla., is rapidly extending its water supply system, one resident after another applying for service, until the water from the Ohnick system will soon be available in all parts of the city.

Knoxville, Tenn., which recently purchased the waterworks plant from a private corporation for $1,250,000, sent a committee to investigate the water system of Atlanta with a view to adopting improvcments.

The brough council of Hawthorne, N. J., will decide, at an adjourned meeting to be held Thursday, whether a municipal water system shall be established or a supply shall be purchased from some corporation.

A new 150-horsepower boiler has arrived and is to be installed at the Cleburne, Tex., waterworks pumping station. This is part of the $50,000 improvements made on the waterworks system there.

The $39,000 in profits made by the Denison, Tex, water supply system, the first year of its operation as a municipal plant, will he used to extend the mains to all parts of the city not now served and to increase the number of fire hydrants.

Having barely enough water to meet the requirements of its citizens, owing to the protracted dry spell, the Borough of Shippensburg, Pa., has notified three lines of railroad operating within its limits, that they must look elsewhere for a supply.

The Citizens Water Supply Company, of Collitigswood, N. J, has been incorporated, with a capital of $100,000. to operate the waterworks of that city. Incorporators are: 1. Z. Collings, J. O. Wilson, D. L. Short. C. S. Fletcher. F. L. Cobb, Collingswood; G. F. Davis, Haddonfield.

Morristown, X. J, has been running its emergency pumps steadily every day to supplement its gravity system. Driven wells are being pressed into service as a source of supply, now that the streams that fed the reservoir, have proved inadequate.

Judge Shafer has reaffirmed a previous opinion that the borough of Tarentum. Pa, has the right to construct waterworks and supply residents of the borough with water. The Tarentum Water Company sought to restrain the borough. alleging it would injure its business.

The Jacksonville, Ill., waterworks plant has been completed. A. T. Maltby, the consulting engineer, reports that water is pumped into Mauvaisterre creek at the rate of 5.000.000 galIons in twenty-four hours, agains a pressure of 150 pounds per square inch.

The estimate of the Philadelphia bureau of water for next year was considered at a meeting of the councils committee on water. The amount required, according to the schedule, is $1,956,341, an increase of $687,113 over the amount appropriated for the current year.

The Custer reservoir, in San Miguel and Dolores counties, Colo, will be an undertaking of more than ordinary magnitude. The dam will be 110 feet high, and the volume of water impounded will be 756,800 cubic feet. The reservoir is to cost $200,000.

The city council of North Yakima, Wash, has virtually decided to purchase the water plant of the Northwest Light and Water Company for $310,000. The company agrees to take the city’s bonds without question as to their validity at 5 per cent.

Keesville, Essex Co, N. Y, is to have a waterworks system. The supply is to come from two artesian wells, 475 feet deep and 8 inches in diameter. The system is to cost about $60,000. It is expected that 125 gallons or more per minute will be obtained. Keesville originally got water from the Ausable river, but it became con tam mated from mills.

To ascertain the purity of the water along the north shore, the tug Carter H. Harrison of the North Shore Sanitary Association, recently started from Evanston, Ill, for Waukegan, to take samples of the water in front of the intakes of the cities along the north shore. The water will he shipped to Chicago and the party will take samples on their return trip to Evanston.

The water commission recently appointed by the mayor of El Paso, Tex, to consider the advisability of municipal ownership of the waterworks plant, has recommended the purchase, from the International Water Company, of its plant for $927,000, payable by easy payments. The recommendation is now before council for consideration.

The city water commissioners, of St. Catherines, Ont, have decided to construct a second main from the reservoir at Decew Falls, to the city for the purpose of supplying more water for fire and domestic purposes. It will be 24 inches in diameter, and will give the city a supply two and a quarter times greater than is at present obtained.

The attemot to rush the consideration of the $47,000,000 Brooklyn extension to the Catskill water supply scheme before the present Board of Estimate and Apportionment and Aqueduct Board, has been thwarted by the State Water Supply Board which has postponed hearings upon the proposed undertaking until Feb. 1, when Mayor Gaynor will he in office.

Bedford, Ohio, proposes to bring a supply of water, from springs, to the village, the natural fall being sufficient to bring it by gravity. A pumping station and standpipe would furnish the pressure required for fire protection and domestic service. It is certain that the capital for the waterworks company will be readily subscribed, and the system is practically assured to the village.

The discontinuance by the Pennsylvania Railroad Company of the use of city water in its South Altoona shops because of the establishment of their own private system, has brought to light the fact that the city’s main runs under the shops and work has already been started to build a new line around the shops. The company has granted the city the use of its main while the line is being changed.

The Spring Valley Water Company offered to sell its entire plant to the city of San Francisco for the lump sum of $35,000,000.

BRIEF WATERWORKS PARAGRAPHS

BRIEF WATERWORKS PARAGRAPHS

Pike, N. Y., has voted to install a waterworksystem.

Scranton, Pa., has granted a franchise to the Pioneer City Water Company.

Guthrie, Okla., has outgrown its waterworks, and extensive additions are contemplated.

The municipal water plant of Haddonfield, N. J., is reported to be nearing completion.

Freeport, Ill., wants to purchase its water, and a special election will lie held to vote on the proposition.

Platte, S. D., has recently installed a modern water supply system that furnishes domestic supply and fire protection.

GILBERT, Minn.—Contract for installing the waterworks system lias been let to the H. L. Barrett Co., of Virginia, Minn.

Miles, Tex., has voted to issue bonds to the amount of $20,000 for the establishment of a water supply system for the town.

Hazleton, fnd., has a complete water supply and •fire protection system, the latter operated on the •direct pumping and compressed air plan.

The new municipal waterworks system at Platte, S. D.. under construction for several months, is now complete and in operation.

The city council of Washington C. H., Ohio, has passed upon and adopted an ordinance, embodying a price agreement with the water company.

Red Bluff, Cal., is being supplied by the Antelope Water Company with good water in abundant quantity raised by a steam pump from a JO-inch well 310 feet deep.

Schaefferstown, Fa., will have a water supply system installed by the Schaefferstown Water Company. Outside of the main lines, wooden pipes are being extensively used.

A well for the waterworks company of Eagle Lake, Tex., was drilled to a depth of 425 feet, and there Struck water of excellent quality, which rose to within 20 feet of the top.

The Commercial Water Company, of Youngstown, Ohio, has amended its charter by enlarging its purpose to the supply of water to territory adjacent to the city, as well as to the city proper.

Preparations are being made for the installation of a $300,000 water plant for Johnson City, Tent)., to be owned and operated by the municipality. The main supply line will be eleven miles long.

N. W. Harris & Co., Chicago, have agreed to take the $525,000 in bonds offered by Waterloo, Iowa, for its water plant, which they own, and an electionto authorize the issue will be held in Waterloo.

The Bound Brook Water Company at Somerville, N. J., has elected officers as follows: President, Torbert Coryell; vice-president, Eugene D. Latourette; treasurer, W. B. R. Mason; secretary, David Hastings.

The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe R. R., which now purchases water from the city of Topeka, Kan., and from the Chanute Refining Co., by meter, is expending $45,000 on a reservoir, conveniently near its shops, at Chanute, Kan.

Douglas, Ariz., will have to await the passage of an enabling act by congress before the bonds can be issued for the taking over of the Douglas Improvement Company’s water plant, as voted for by the citizens at the recent bond election.

Winterset, la., has completed waterworks that furnish it with an adequate supply, which is obtained from five large wells west of the city. The estimated cost of the plant is $75,000. The water is soft arid of good quality for drinking purposes.

The Rattleboro Water Works Company has been enjoined at the suit of G. A. Knight and F. O. Carpenter from lessening or diverting in any way the natural flow of water in Pleasant brook, in which the plaintiff’s claim water rights.

The city council of Menominee, Wis., has decided to notify the waterworks company of its intention to purchase the plant of said companv next year, in accordance with the provisions of the franchise under which the company is operating.

Lehi, Utah, expects that water will be running through the pipes of its new supply system, by -the end of the month. A cement settling tank, 66x60x15 feet, is rapidly approaching completion and most of the wood-stave supply pipe is on the ground.

Within a year, San Francisco, Cal, hopes to see the Twin Peaks reservoir system complete and the pipes laid and hydrants installed that are to furnish the greater part of the city with a highpressure system of water supply, for firefighting purposes.

At a special city election held at Erie, Kail., the voters instructed the city council to issue $50,000 bonds for the construction of combined waterworks and electric light systems. The bonds will be issued at once and the plant built as soon as possible.

There is a feeling in Upland, Cal., that two water companies for the city are not needed. It seems probable that the local companies will combine. Many incline to the belief that the city should own the system, though this matter has never been put to a vote.

The new system of water supply for Monterey, Mex., which draws on the Rio de Estanzuela and wells at San Geronimo, furnishes the city with approximately 8,500,000 gallons of pure water per day. The concession only calls for about 1,890,000 gallons daily.

Low water in the Ludlow reservoir compelled the closing recently of a number of manufacturing plants in Springfield, Mass., including the United States Arsenal. Others were reduced to the use of water from their sprinkler tanks to keep up steam in their boilers.

The operation of its municipal properties upon an economical basis, outside of the realm of politics, are the objects hoped to be attained by the city council of East Grand Forks, Minn., in the creation of the special waterworks, lighting plant and public buildings commission.

The Passaic Water Company, which can obtain from the city authorities neither an extension of its contract nor a settlement for the water used by the city since its incorporation, is becoming impatient, and some sharp correspondence on the subject has been exchanged.

Owing to the failure of the Norristown, Pa., Water Company, which recently purchased the Bridgeport waterworks, to fulfil its contract to keep the Bridgeport reservoir at all times full as a protection against fire, certain sections of that town are absolutely without fire protection.

The gravity water system that has been installed in lone, Wash., at a cost of $25,000, has been completed. The water is taken from Cedar creek, a reservoir being constructed about one mile from town. The elevation of the reservoir is sufficient to give good pressure.

The new conduit from the Glen Wild reservoir to connect with the water mains of Amsterdam, N. Y., has been completed. A gatehouse is yet to be constructed at the reservoir, and when that is finished the new line will be ready for use. The cost of the improvement is about $300,000.

The Pennsylvania State Water Supply Commission has approved applications for charters for the Hegins Water Company, Hegins township, Schuylkill county; Upper Gwynedd Water Company , Upper Gwynedd township, Montgomery county, and Port Matilda Water Company, Port Matilda, Centre county.

Wausau, Wis., is contemplating an expenditure of about $30,000 in waterworks improvements. They would include an extension to the pumping station and an additional 3,000,000-gallon pump and 12 additional driven wells. The addition of meters, at an estimated cost of $20,000, as a means of curtailing waste is also spoken of.

Lodi, N. J.. has decided to own its own waterworks, and the borough council has set aside $80,000 to be used for this purpose. Of tffis amount. $24,000 has been drawn for the purchase of the water plant and franchises of the Lodi Water Company, which will form the nucleus of the new system.

New Holland, Pa., has no arrangement with its water company to furnish water for fire purposes, consequently, when the domestic supply is shut off, late in the afternoon there is no water in the town with which to fight a possible fire. The people want a chemical engine for emergency use.

At the recent meeting of the Cohoes, N. Y.. water board, Superintendent Kniffen reported that the average pumpage for the month has been 7,000.000 gallons and the consumption 6.000,000 gallons. The reservoirs are all filled, and the pumps are in good condition, while excellent progress has been made on the filter plant excavation.

The National Water Company, with a capital stock of $20,000 and headquarters in San Francisco, has filed articles of incorporation, and J. D. Grant, of San Francisco, and W. L. Culver, of Oakland, are the incorporators. The company will engage in the business of acquiring and developing water rights, establishing, equipping and selling water supply plants.

The reason given by Controller Metz for his refusal to pay the bills of S. W. Titus for water pumped by him for the city of Brooklyn, N. Y., was that Water Commissioner O’Brien had made certain changes in the contract between Titus and the city that invalidated that instrument, only the board of estimate and apportionment having the right to modify such contracts.

Renton, Wash., has issued bonds to the amount of $18,000 to defray the cost of a water supply plant. But it is found that in order to protect the purity of the source considerable purchases of land on the line of Spring brook, whence it is derived, will be necessary. This is regarded as too much of an undertaking, and the city will perhaps abandon the project and continue to obtain its water front Seattle.

Following complaints as to the quality of the water supplied to residents of Chester, Pa., the state board of health is conducting an investigation. The Delaware river will be examined at the water company’s pumping station to ascertain the advisability of compelling the company to change the intake pipes, as it is a question whether or not sewage, dye and other material from Philadelphia reaches the present pipe.

A report from Tainaqua, Pa., states. “While every town in this section is worrying over the water situation, Tamaqua goes along with perfect serenity, and all because the artesian wells are’giving the town all the water it needs, besides keeping about a million gallons in the Owl creek reservoir for storage in case of fire. Had it not been for the artesian wells Tamaqua would have been in a sad plight for water months ago.

The Roanoke, Va., Gas and Water Company is determined that the people of Roanoke shall have plenty of water. Some time ago the firm purchased a spring on the Muse place, which has a flow of 2,250,000 gallons a day, but” d not intend to develop it until next year. Lately they decided to go on with the work, and are now laying a pipe line to the spring. The line will be 13,000 feet long and will cost $25 000. The spring is only 26 feet below the level of the reservoir, and only a pump of small power will be required to handle the new water supply.

Comptroller Reusswig, of Utica, N. Y., has sent a letter to the Consolidated Water Company, stating that by reason of the injunction in the case of Risley and others against the Consolidated Water Company, he cannot audit and allow the bill of the water company for the past year. It amounts to $49,896.41. The Comptroller says the injunction order issued by Judge Ray will prevent the settlement of the bill until there is a decision in the litigation which affects the legality of the water company’s contract with the city.

The New Jersey State Water Commission last week, after due consideration, denied the application filed by the Haddonfield Water Company for permission to obtain an additional supply from the north branch of Cooper’s creek. It was asserted by the commission that the application was not in reasonable anticipation of the needs of the communities furnished by the company, and that the appropriation of that source of supply would operate to the injury of Haddonfield and nearby places.

Extensive plans for reforesting the watersheds of Glens Falls, N. Y., reservoirs on West Mountain are under consideration by the water commission. The members of the commission and C. R. Pettis, of the State forestry department, went over the grounds recently. The commission intends to reforest 125 acres from which trees have been cut. The state will furnish young trees for about $5 a thousand, and it is expected that about a million and a quarter trees will be needed to cover the territory. The reforestization of the property will mean a great saving of water.

Professor Edward Bartow, of the Illinois Lfniversity and chief of the Illinois Water Survey, has been in Moline. Ill., conducting tests in regard to the use of hypochloride of lime as a destroyer of bacteria in drinking water. The tests which he has made so far show that this chemical destroyes a great percentage of the bacteria in river water. The apparatus for the use of this substance is now being installed in the Moline waterworks under the personal supervision of Professor Bartow. It will be installed in many other plants, including the one in Rock Island.