Chicago Water System Improvements Slated
Chicago Mayor Richard A. Daley has announced start of a five-year $7,750,000 improvement program for the city’s water supply system which is expected to give increased fire protection. The program includes laying 24-inch, 36-inch, 42-inch and 48-inch mains to replace those of small capacity and the changeover of most of the 1,800 remaining 2 1/2-inch and 4-inch hydrants with 4 1/2-inch highflow Chicago-type.
Fire Commissioner Robert J. Quinn stated the new hydrants will enable two 1,000-gpm pumpers to operate from a single hydrant in most cases. The changeover of Chicago’s 45,000 hydrants is expected to be completed by 1961. Remainder of the extensive construction work is expected to be finished by 1963.