Engineer Hoover on New Dam of Columbus

Engineer Hoover on New Dam of Columbus

In an address before the Engineers’ Club recently Clarence B. Hoover, engineer in charge of the water works extension of Columbus, Ohio, said: “O’Shaughncssy dam, when completed, will give Columbus reservoir storage capacity in excess of 9,980,000,000 cubic feet and although per capita consumption per year depends on conditions, it is estimated the city will have ample water supply facilities for 50 years.” Columbus’ present storage dam stores 1,967,000,000 cubic feet of water and the new dam will store 5,013,000,000 cubic feet more. Mr. Hoover added that this amount would tide the city over a 190-day drought. The new dam will probably be located at a point 2000 feet south of the present Powell Road bridge and will be 70 feet high and approximately 1,700 feet long. The water backed up by the new dam will submerge land some seven miles above it. The reservoir will contain approximately 820 acres and will necessitate the changing of four bridges and the building of nine miles of new roads.

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