GOOD PRESSURE AT ALEXANDRIA.
The waterworks system at Alexandria, Ind., is perfectly satisfactory from the standpoint of fire protection. Its source is wells, situated one-third of a mile from the business centre. The system is pumping to a stone and steel 20 x 100 ft. standpipe, the capacity of which is 235,000 gals. There are two Smith-Vaile pumping engines, with an aggregate capacity of 300,000 gals, per day. On the 8 miles and more of cast iron mains arc set ninety-five hydrants, fifteen of which in the central portion of the city will furnish four good fire streams. The others have 2 1/2-in. openings. The pressure received by the fire department at the first alarm of fire is 75 lbs., which can be raised at a moment’s notice to too or no lbs. At no time during 1906 was the latter increase called for, except in the case of a fire in a church steeple, when 100 lbs. pressure was required, and was furnished at once. The factories have their own waterworks system for fire purposes, and have twenty-five hydrants in, and round their works for fire use only. The Alexandria Paper Mills company, wuose plant, though outside of the city’s fire limits, has always been a source of great concern and care to the local fire department, on account of not havng an adequate water system for fire purposes, is now installing an excellent waterworks plant.