Good Report on Rahway Water
“I have no hesitation in stating that there is not a safer water in the state, and this is a condition of affairs which is doubtless reflected in the health of the community,” was the statement of Professor Earle B. Phelps, bacteriologist, in his monthly report to the Board of Water Commissioners of Rahway, N. J., last week The report of Mr. Phelps also stated that “during a considerable portion of the month the river water has been difficult to deal with, owing to rains and resulting turbidity in the water. Despite the unsatisfactory condition of the river water, the work of the filters has been of uniform excellence. The average removal of bacteria has been 99.78 per cent. The removal of bacteria coli, the index of pollution, has been 100 per cent. The matter of installing a new pump at the waterworks was the subject of a comprehensive report, supplemented by a technical and detailed report from Charles A. Hague, consulting engineer, of New York. The recommendation of the committee and of Engineer Hague is for the installation of a cross compound, high duty, crank and fly wheel pumping engine as the most serviceable apparatus and best investment under the circumstances. It is planned to have the capacity of the new apparatus 5,000,000 gallons per day in order to care for the future needs of the city or any sudden and unexpected emergency. The cost of the new outfit will be $10,500, but its installation will save the city $2,018 per year, principally in coal consumed.