High Pressure System in Portland.

High Pressure System in Portland.

Plans for a complete system of reinforcing mains for fire protection in the business sections on both sides of the river, in Portland, Ore., accordance with the charter amendment adopted three years ago, have been submitted to the water board by Engineer Clarke. This system will be entirely independent of the Bull Run system, the water to be pumped from the Willamette into the mains by the fireboats in case of fire. The plans provide for throe pumping stations on the west side, the water to he carried in large mains on all streets as far back as Sixth. One pumping station is provided on the east side, to supply the central Past Portland business district with an auxiliary water supply for fire protection as far back as East Sixth street In case of fire in the districts in which the reinforcing mains arc located, the tircboats will make connections with the stations on the river front and pump water into the mains. This, it is contended, will provide a valuable addition to the fire lighting appliances of the city, especially in time of a, water shortage in the Bull Run mains. Provision for this auxiliary system of mains was made in the charter amendment passed three years ago by the voters by which the city was authorized to issue bonds for $275,000 for building a new fireboat and the reinforcing mains on both sides of the river. The firehoat which soon will be constructed will cost approximately $125,000, and the remainder of this bond issue will be available for the auxiliary water system, which, according to the estimates of the engineer, will cost approximately $150,000. The plans were approved by the fire underwriters and by Acting Fire Chief Laudcnklos.

HASKELL BROOK, RESERVOIR. DAM AND GATE HOUSE, GLOUCESTER, MASS.JOHN W. MORAN, SUPERINTENDENT.

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