Ashland, Ohio, Compelled to Pump Water from the Creek-Danger of Shortage Next Summer-Other Ohio Water and Fire News

ASHLAND, Ohio, recently had the misfortune to Use the use of its low storage reservoir. A section of the earth constructed dam completed about two years ago, and the principal feature of a 140,000,000 gallon impounding low storage reservoir, gave way, allowing all water stored to escape and rendering the future use of the reservoir problematical, or at least until such time as extensive repairs can be made. The supports for the dam arc mostly sand as well as a considerable part of the base itself, and more or less difficulty has been experienced from seepage with consequent large losses of water ever since it was put in service.

The city is at the present time, and has in the past when the reservoir supply became low, obtained a considerable amount of water from a small creek which flows near the pumping station, and which up until dry weather shows a considerable volume. At the present time, as stated, this is practically the sole source of supply and will continue to serve as such until other plans can be worked out. However, it is essential that this be done before the coming summer, but until then no alarming shortage is anticipated.

At the present time the only means of pumping from this creek is through a long 10-inch line which passes out through the old abandoned well field and across the bottoms to a considerable distance up the creek. This without question, due to the size of the line, its length and numerous air leaks, limits to a considerable degree the capacity of the two steam pumps taking suction therefrom. In order to correct this condition the use of this line is to be discontinued and a new 12-inch cast iron main run directly out to the creek with a receiving well and strainer at its outer end. The 2,000,000 gallon motor driven low lift pump that was formerly located in the auxiliary station has been removed and is to be placed in the main station, and take suction from the new 12-inch line. With this arrangement either an electrically operated or a steam driven unit will be available for drawing water from the creek. Insomuch, as the normal supply is and has been limited to 2,000,000 gallons in 24 hours by the size of the filtration units, in addition to 280,000 gallons of clear water storage this should insure practically normal operation as long as the flow in the creek is maintained. A force of men are working on the above changes at present.

No immediate plans have been worked out for the future although city officials are fully aware of the importance of doing so immediately if the possibility of a serious water shortage this summer is to be avoided. It may possibly be decided to abandon altogether the present storage reservoir and obtain water from another possible source, or it may be found advisable to go back to drilled wells as formerly used. It has become necessary to abandon the pump and well in the southeast section of the town, due to the increasing salty contents of the water.

Franklin, Ohio, has just had delivered a Prospect-Biederman car carrying a 350-gallon pump, two 35-gallon chemical tanks, 1,200-ft. hose bed and minor equipment. This apparatus very successfully passed a standard Underwriters 12-hour test.

Lima, Ohio, has just contracted for a Stutz 1,000-gallon pumper.

Yellow Springs, Ohio, has contracted for an NorthernInternational car equipped with a 300-gallon per minute pump, chemical tanks and minor equipment.

Seven Mile, Ohio, opened bids April 4 for one straight chemical car carrying two 40 gallon chemical tanks mounted on a Dodge or Reo.

Glouster, Ohio, citizens are raising by popular subscription about $4,500, with which they expect to purchase a new motorized fire truck.

St. Marys, Ohio, council has voted $15,000 to be used for the purchase of a new fire truck, fire hose, and minor equipment. The truck to be purchased should be capable of throwing four good hose streams at a pressure of 120 pounds.

Following a very disastrous fire Salem, Ohio, is starting a drive to buy new fire fighting equipment. This equipment will include ladders, smoke masks, rubber coats, etc.

Canton, Ohio, has ordered a new Seagrave aerial ladder truck.

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