ELMIRA WATER WORKS IMPROVEMENT.
The Elmira, N. Y., Waterworks Company, realizing the necessity for furnishing the people of that city with clearer and purer water, has followed the same line as that taken by other cities, by adopting a system of filtration. The supply of Elmira is taken from Carr’s Creek and Chemung river. At the former place are filter-galleries, through which the water flows by gravity from a storage reservoir to the distributing reservoir. Lately, the supply, notwithstanding the present system of filtering has failed to give entire satisfaction, and the company, recognizing this fact, has at once adopted a complete plan of mechanical filtration.
The population of the city is now about 36,000, and it has an area of over six square miles. Two reservoirs, with a capacity of it7.000.000 gallons, supply the system, and Worthington pumping engines, with a daily capacity of -.8,000 000 gallons, are used for filling the reservoirs or direct pressure. There are 324 Matthews hydrants set and over 45 miles of pipe used in the distribution. The number of water takers is 2.900, and the average pressure is 44 pounds. The cost of the construction of the works to date is about $690.000, and the average annual expenses, $20,000. This sys tern is probably one of the best in the State, and has been very carefully superintended by J. M. Diven, well known as an expert water works engineer. The advance now being made by the Elmira Water Works Company shows that a spirit of progress exists, not only in this case, but throughout the water works management of the country; the tendency everywhere being to provide the best water possible at a moderate cost.
The filtration plant to be constructed for Elmira will have a daily capacity of 6,000.000 gallons, and will be installed by the Morison Jewell Filtration Company of New York at a cost of $100,000. The plant will be a gravity one, and will be completed in a very short time, so that the citizens of Elmira can rely upon securing good potable water without further delay. There can be no doubt that this step forward taken by the Elmira Water Company will not only beof great benefit to the city, but will also materially increase the number of its water takers. It is but a shorttime since the company contracted for a W’orthington pumping engine of 6,000 000 gallons daily capacity. It will thus be seen that the management is conducted on a most liberal plan, and no doubt exists that it could be more ably or successfully administered than by the present officers. The illustration shown above is a sectional view of a Morison-Jewell gravity filter, such as that used in the several plants this company has constructed for various water works systems throughout the country.