Elmira Reservoir Nearing Completion.
The Elmira, N. Y., Water, Light and Railroad Company’s new reservoir on West Hill, which was begun in the first part of April, is rapidly nearing completion. The reservoir, which is 220 feet in length, by 200 feet in width, and 18 feet deep, is to be lined throughout with concrete. The side walls have a rim around the top 18 inches in thickness, the wall being 12 inches thick under the rim, and increasing to 21 inches at the base. Great banks of earth will be placed all around this retaining wall to partly bear the immense strain which the weight of the water will make upon it. The water will be forced up to the new reservoir through a 30-inch iron pipe from the pumping station, which is to be situated in the new addition to the filter plant This addition is on the southwestern corner and will contain two powerful centrifugal pumps, one of which has a capacity of 9,500 gallons a minute, and the other 7,000 gallons a minute. The pumps will be operated by electric motors. The flow of water will be regulated by two large check valves, made by the Rensselaer Manufacturing Company, of Troy, N. Y., one of which weighs 8,500 pounds. The new reservoir is fully 100 feet above the one now in use, and will give much greater pressure where it is needed. It is stated that the reservoir will cost nearly $90,000, and will be finished, and in use, around September 1.