IMPROVED CONDITIONS AT BIRMINGHAM.

IMPROVED CONDITIONS AT BIRMINGHAM.

In April 1905 the engineers of the committee on fire-prevention of the National Board of Fire Underwriters reported unfavorably of conditions in Birmingham. They revisited it in April, with the object of seeing how far their recommendation had been acted up to. They report follows concerning the water supply: “The recent additions to the distribution system, most of which were practically as recommended, have materially increased the supply available in the congested-value district and in many adjoining and outlying sections. With the present good hydrant distribution in the congested-value district and better type of hydrants being installed, adecpiate supply should be available in practically all parts, if the integrity of the Cahaba supply is maintained. The small capacity of the North Birmingham plant makes it imperative that all possible means be taken to reduce any liability of interruption of supply from the Cahaba reservoir to a minimum, necessitating the duolication of the 30 in. conduit at the earliest possible date. Many ofthe other recommcndatinons have been complied with, bringing the system nearer the standard for good fire protection; but numerous defects, particularly the large amount of 4-in. mains, are still apparent and should be eliminated as rapidly as possible.”

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