Detroit Water System

Detroit Water System

Some years ago no words could be found sufficient to praise the waterworks system of Detroit, Mich., and what there is of it is as good and efficient as of old. The trouble is that with the rapid growth of the city it needs to be so greatly extended as to call for an expenditure of $7,000,000. There is but a single pumping station which has to do all the work of pumping from Lake St. Clair and sending the water through 10 miles of mains not only through the city, but to places outside, such, for instance, as Highland Park, which only a short time ago was a village, only a small hamlet. To-day it has a population of 0,000 persons and supplies several factories, besides those who live there, with water. This, with other cases, suggests the question whether Lake St. Clair should continue to be the sole source of supply for Detroit, or whether a new source with an additional and independent pumping station and reservoir should not be found in one of the lakes in Oakland county. There is a fall of several hundred feet from that section, and many thing that it would he more economical to devote the $7,000,000 required to supply the needs of the northeastern portion of the city from that source. As it is, the existing pumping engines are thought to be endangered from the great strain put upon them and the excessive pressure subjects the mains also to too great a strain and causes frequent bursts.

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