Durham, N. C., to Build Water Works
The Durham, N. C., city council has employed Gilbert White, consulting engineer, who supervised the building oi the $1,000,000 water works at Charlotte, N. C., as engineer to look after the construction of a new water plant on Flat River. Mr. White was instructed to draw up plans and specifications for the plant in detail and have it ready to submit to the aldermen any time after the first of next December. The selection of the place on Flat River is left with the engineer for recommendations to the board. Mr. White has made a study of water conditions, the flow of the rivers, the purity of the streams, and the general conditions along the sheds of all three available sources of water supply for Durham. It was on his recommendation that the city decided to adopt Flat River as the source of the new water supply. Mr. White has constructed many of the larger water plants in North and South Carolina. The contract with the Durham Water Company does not expire till 1918, and it is not thought probable that the city will make any effort to purchase the p ant of the company before that time, for so far as is known the plans of the present board are to have the plant on Flat River ready for operation not later than the date of the expiration of the contract with the Durham Water Company. The new plant is to cost about $500,000.