Several Towns Building Additions to Improve Their Water Supply-Drought Is Temporarily Broken—Some State Fire and Water News

HILLSBORO, OHIO, is making extensive changes in its water supply system. Three new 12-inch wells have been drilled to a gravel bed, producing an ample supply of good water. A new concrete low storage reservoir, with capacity of 300,000 gallons is now being constructed. An addition has been built to the pumping station, and alterations made on the old part. Two new IngersollRand air compressors, an Aldrich pump, with capacity of 750 gallons per minute and a 165 h. p. Anderson oil engine, have been purchased. The present steam equipment will be retained as a standby.

Mt. Sterling, Ohio, is making several changes at its municipal electric and water plant. A new dug well has been completed. This well is on the site of a former producing drilled well. The new well is of concrete, is six by eight feet in cross section inside, and is fifty feet deep. At the bottom is a centrifugal pump, rated at 200 gallons per minute, driven by a 7 1/2 h. p. motor. No arrangements were made for a ladder in this well, and the attendant must he raised or lowered in a sling.

Sandusky, Ohio, expects to purchase a new pumper in the near future.

Pleasant City, Ohio, contemplates the drilling of an additional well. Two wells have had to be abandoned due to the clogging of the screens by fine sand. This leaves the town dependent on only one well for its supply.

Water conditions are now somewhat better at Blanchester, Ohio, due to rains, domestic consumption having been resumed. Other towns in this part of the state have been but little benefitted, however.

The volunteer fire department at Mason, Ohio, recently acquired new chemical equipment, a Ford ton truck chassis, mounting two 35 gallon tanks, chemical hose, and with a hose body for larger hose. The equipment was assembled locally, the total expenditure being approximately thirteen hundred and fifty dollars.

Georgetown, Ohio, has recently purchased a Ford ton truck to be used to carry hose and to tow their ClappJones steamer.

Report on Warsaw and Winona Lake Supplies

Pearse, Greely & Hansen, hydraulic and sanitary engineers of Chicago, have made a report on a survey by them of the water situation in Warsaw and Winona Lake, Ind., and after careful investigation on the present and future requirements of the two villages and the various methods oi attaining a water supply, they reached the conclusion that Central Lake should be the source of supply for bo-th towns. This data also indicated, according to the report that it would be desirable to plan for a period of about 20 years in the future, namely for the year 1942. It was figured by the engineers that in this year the population of Warsaw would be in the neighborhood of 9,000 and the maximum summer resident population of Winona Lake about 5,000. It is pointed out that these figures may be varied by unforseen circumstances such as an unexpected industrial development, but are said to represent the best estimate that it was practicable to make.

Consideration of the present water consumption and water consumption tendencies indicate that the average daily water consumption in 1942 will be about 1,000,000 gallons daily. The average daily quantity for the maximum month will be about 1,500,000. The consumption for the probable maximum day will be 2,000,000.

In the light of these figures the engineers assumed that purification works, where needed should be designed on a basis of 1,500,000 gallons normal capacity per 24 hours and capable of carrying an overload of 50 per cent, which would yield 2,225,000 gallons in 24 hours. This, it is thought, would be capable of meeting the maximum day’s consumption in 1942. To meet the maximum hourly requirements the engineers recommend a reservoir for clear water of 100,000 gallons capacity.

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