Escondido Water Tunnel
The Escondido, Cal., Water Company is driving a 1,900-foot tunnel through the Rodriquez mountain. It is all solid rock work that has to be accomplished. The tunnel will take the place of the wooden flume which encircled the mountain to the intake of the Luis Rey river, which has caused the company no end of trouble. Four hundred feet of the work has been completed. and with the completion of the tunnel it will be possible to run 2,000 miles from the intake to the impounding reservoir 7 miles cast of the city, instead of the 1,000 inches now carried by the flume, and to fill the reservoir in 30 days instead of three months, as formerly Between the reservoir and the tunnel are being built 12 miles of ditch-line. In the latter work cement is being used. The company is also raising the dam high enough to double the capacity of the impounding reservoir at a cost of $150,000. Meanwhile arbitrators between the city and the waterworks company are busying themselves over fixing the physical value of the city distributing mains—a property which the city contemplates taking over with money to be raised by a bond issue.
The firemen of Burlington, Ia., now employ their leisure time in manufacturing woolen shawls.