High Pressure System at Orange.
The new waterworks system at Orange, N. J., has just been successfully subjected to a very severe test, when the recently installed highpressure system was informally set to work at live different points, and at each was found perfectly adequate and sufficiently capable to cope with any fire of ordinary proportions, whether in the highest or lowest sections of the city. The test took place at the highest point in Orange— Berkclv and Tremont avenues,—where a 12-in. main has been laid. The gauge at the hydrant showed a pressure of about 45 lb., as against a previous pressure of 30 lb. One line of hose was laid, and a stream was thrown 101 ft., exceeding by some 60 ft. the distance attained on former occasions. If a lot of water had not been running to waste at the time, better results would have been obtained. Another stream was attached to a neighboring hydrant, and the pressure rose to 48 lb., the streams covering 115 ft. each—enough, according to Chief Matthews, to fight any fire in that part of the city. The next test was at South Jefferson and Forest streets. where the hose was connected with a hydrant on the 12-in. main laid there and just opposite the Connett hat factory. The gauge registered 90 lb., and the stream was thrown more than 200 ft. A solid vertical stream was also thrown high in the air. The next point at which a test was made was Ridge street and Linden place, which is about 30 ft. lower than the place of the first test It is a point where the pressure has always been poor. A line was run from a hydrant on a 6-in. main. The pressure was 30 lb., and a good stream was thrown fully 100 ft. The highest pressure was found at Hill and Hickory streets, where it varied from 85 to 105 lb., and a solid stream was thrown fully 200 ft. As this is in a part of the city distant from the waterworks, the efficiency of the pressure there was a great surprise to the officials. Almost as good results were shown at Hickory street and the Lackawanna railroad, a block away, where, however, the pressure varied from 65 to 70 lb. The re suit of the tests was all that could he wished and has enabled Chief Matthews to know exactly what to expect in the way of pressure anywhere in the city.