HOW THEY DO IT IN NEW YORK CITY.
On August 3 a large water main burst in Centre Market place, Manhattan, New York. The flow of water continued till a retaining wall two feet thick in the building for the new police headquarters was wrecked and other property destroyed. In the afternoon at five o’clock the members of Water Commissioner J. T. Oakley’s repair force, who have a station on Elm street, about two blocks off, were notified of the breaks, but no steps were taken to stop the flood of water. At seven, nine and ten o’clock they were again notified, but ineffectually. The water was increasing in depth an the time, the result being a break fifty feet long in a two-foot thick retaining wall twenty feet high. The pecuniary loss will amount to $6,000, and, as it will take several weeks to repair the damage, the completion of the very much needed police building will be correspondingly delayed. When a similar break occurred a few weeks ago and flooded the subway at Fortysecond street, the excuse given for the delay ir. turning off the water was, that, as it was Sunday the active repair force was off duty, and there was no one left who knew the location of the valve that controled the broken main. The promise was given, however, by Commissioner Oakley himself that for the future the Brooklyn method should be followed, and that there should always be on duty an emergency corps of men well acquainted witli the lie of the mains and valves and ready at any moment to stop the flow of water. He further promised that in every police station and fire house there should be hung up a chart, on which should be placed a plan of the mains and valves in that particular section. Not one step has apparently been taken in either direction, and things continue as they have been under for no one knows how many generations of waterworks commissioners, with every prospect of their remaining so for over four years more. It was bad enough when the Forty-second street break took place; but the excuse that, as it was Sunday, the repair corps was enjoying a Sabbath rest, trusting that in full confidence such a violation of the Fourth commandment would and could never be committed by the Croton water floods. On the last occasion, however, the break took place in the afternoon of an ordinary weekday; the repair station was close at hand; its crew was (supposed to be) on the spot; and it was duly notified not only once, but three times within the space of seven hours. “Let ’er rip! It don’t hurt us; why should we bother over it?” was the wav the city employes took the notification.
Green & Sons company, of Appleton, Wis., has secured the contract front the city of Manistique, Mich., on the following waterworks equipment:
Two triplex power pumps of 500.000 and 750,000 gallons capacity each, together with the necessary belting to drive the pumps from the present waterworks plant.