Cleveland Adds Filter Beds to City Parks

Cleveland Adds Filter Beds to City Parks

Cleveland’s $3,000,000 filtration plant as now planned is to be one of the most striking features of the entire city park system, says the Plain Dealer. “Coagulating basins instead of being conealed behind the buildings, will be placed in front, so as to form a picturesque approach. They will have the appearance of a reflecting pool, 500 by 700 feet, similar to those used as decorative features of the surroundings to the buildings in the Chicago world’s fair. Across this lake, a bridge will he constructed as an approach to the main entrance from the Edgewater boulevard. The buildings and the lake will be in view from the lower and upper Edgewater drives. These features were tentatively planned at a meeting of the filtration commission at the offices of the city sanitary engineer, R. W. Pratt, who is preparing preliminary plans. There will be a long narrow building north of the lake and paralleling the boulevard. The administration building will he in the small central structure. Extending to either side will be the filter galleries. The entire structure will be about 500 feet long it this plan is followed. The buildings would be in view from Detroit avenue N. W., between 28th street and W. 38th street. The commission will decide before the week is over whether a softening process will be recommended as part of the water purification process. This point will be discussed at a meeting Saturday evening at the residence of Prof. A. W. Smith, member of the commission. Prof. Smith several years ago urged use of such a process in connection with filtration. It is said that softening the water will effect a big saving in soap hills and that it will make unnecessary the use of chemical compounds in laundry work, hour plans for the placing of filtration buildings were discussed. One of these called for a ‘U’ shaped group. Another showed a rectangular building.”

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