Extension of High-Pressure in Brooklyn.
The high-pressure district in the borough of Brooklyn, New York, which is soon to be extended, is now installed over some 1,360 acres. It extends along the East river waterfront from Erie basin to the Navy yard—a distance of about 3 miles, reaching back inland from a few hundred feet at the southern end to 1 mile at the northern extremity, where it embraces the shopping district of lower Pulton street. It includes 22 miles of mains, varying in diameter from 8-in. to 20-in.; 1,012 gate valves, 681 hydrants and twenty-four tirel oat connections. There arc two pumping stations, the main station at Furman and Joraletnon streets, on the riverfront, and the reserve station at Willoughby and St. Edwardstreets, half a mile inland. The main source of supply is equiped with live pumps, each with a capacity of 3,000 gal. of water a minute, the pressure being 300 lb. to the square inch The reserve station has three such pumps. If it should be necessary to shut off the hydrants temporarily and still maintain the pressure, a relief-valve has been provided between the discharge-pipes and suction-pipes of each pump—making, as it were, an endless loop of water that circulates round and round until the hydrants are reopened or the pressure is taken off. As an additional means of protection the service mains arc cross-connected in such a manner that, in the event of a break, repairs may be made without affecting any hydrants except those located in the block where the break occurs, and without appreciably affecting the supply of water or the pressure on the remainder of the system. The cost of installing the high-pressure service in Brooklyn was $1,375,000. An appropriation of $1.200,000 has been asked for to cover the cost of extending the protected district from the’ Navy yard to Newtown creek—the boundary line between Brooklyn and Queens—and from Erie basin on the South Brooklyn waterfront to Sixty-fifth street, Bay Ridge.
The Alton, 111., Water company has been granted an injunction in the United States Circuit court to prevent the foreclosure of a mortgage involving $125,000 and held by New York parties under a mortgage given by the Boston Water and Light company on the part of the Alton company.