Features of Kansas City Water System
One of the features of the Kansas City, Mo., water system is the Quindaro station. The source pf supply is the Missouri River, four miles above the city limits, or five and a half mile from Quindaro to Turkey Creek, where storage basins with 12,000,00 gallons capacity are located. Settling basins at Quindaro have an available capacity oi 60,000,000 gallons. The area of the basins is fourteen acres and their depth is 20 and 25 feet. There are six centrifugal pumps and seven boilers, the pumps having a capacity of 110.000.000 gallons. There are new sedimentation equipment and appliancs at Quindaro and the additional facilities enabled the department to wash the basins as shown in accompanying illustrations. A 25,000,000 gallon centrifugal pump furnished by R. D. Wood & Co., was connected up to the Strait engine for forming practically a new unit. The pumping capacity for the station is 85,000,000 gallons on the river service and 80,000,000 gallons on the city service. A new intake, which was placed in commission in September, 1912, has worked very satisfactorily. There is a laboratory at the intake house that is complete. The area of the Turkey Creek storage basins is 3.25 acres and the Holly street reservoir has a capacity of 9,000,000 gallons. The total miles of distributing mains is 508. There are 51,444 services o: which 25,344 are metered. There is a storage capacity of over 2,000,000 gallons at Turkey Creek, providing about ten hours’ supply in case anything should happen to flow lines or machinery between Quindaro and Turkey Creek. Some time ago the Water Board provided for furnishing meters without cost to consumers and the setting of meters was carried on at the rate of 100 meters per day. This measure was taken primarily to prevent waste. Water is furnished free to Kansas City for use on sewers, through the engineering department; for street cleaning, through the street cleaning department and for parks and boulevards, through the park commissioners and this is estimated to amount to 3,000,000 gallons daily. At Turkey Creek pumping station there is a pumping capacity of 85,000,000 gallons per 24 hours.