Columbia Waterworks Report.

Columbia Waterworks Report.

The waterworks department at Columbia, S. C., will be on a self-sustaining basis during 1911 according to the annual report of W. F. Steiglitz, council superintendent of the department. In spite of the fact that the department finished the year with a deficit of $5,303, it was run at a profit of $1,364 from July 1 to December 31, after the raise in the water rate became effective and will be self-sustaining during 1911. The water flows from the Saluda river into the intake, from there it goes through a huge pipe line into the big suction well to be drawn out by powerful centrifugal pumps and forced into the immense sedimentation basin, from which point it flows by gravity into the coagulating basin, circulating on and flowing into the filterbeds to be cleansed and purified, afterward rushing onward into the clear water basin to be drawn out by two large waterpower pumps and forced into the standpipe to be distributed throughout the city. Such, in brief, explains the operation of the water system. The total amount of receipts, including water rents, tapping fees and sales, for the year 1910 amounted to $56,617.17.

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